The Council today adopted a directive on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and a regulation on Online Dispute Resolution (ODR). The new system, which is part of the “Single Market Act” package, will provide for simple, fast and low-cost out-of-court settlement procedures designed to resolve disputes between consumers and traders arising from the sales of goods and services. It will ensure the establishment of ADR schemes where none exist today. These will fill current gaps in coverage and ensure that consumers are able to take their disputes to an ADR. In addition, it establishes a common framework for ADR in the EU member states by setting out common minimum quality principles in order to ensure that all ADR entities are impartial, transparent and efficient. Here to read more.