Mediation Mediation is an alternative way of out-of-court dispute resolution, in which two or more parties to a dispute, voluntarily attempt to resolve this dispute with the mediator’s help. It was established by Law 3898/2010 and is an alternative way of settling civil and commercial disputes. The mediator is a neutral and impartial person, who works with the parties and their lawyers, in order to reach an agreement. This process is strictly confidential. Frequent QuestionsHOW IS MEDIATION BEING CONDUCTED? In accordance with international standards and in a neutral, pleasant environment, the mediator and the parties involved, are present with their lawyers. Attendees sign the mediation agreement for the interruption of limitation. The hearing of both parties is promoted, at the beginning together and then separately, with the purpose of identifying the real interests of both sides, according to their needs. If an agreement is reached, the relevant contract is signed, which can be an enforceable title, if such a wish is expressed. At all stages of the process, the principle of confidentiality is in any case respected. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF MEDIATION? The speed of resolution of the dispute, even in a few hours, depending on the case. Avoidance of long-term processes. Limitation of legal costs due to the free negotiation of the mediator’s and lawyer’s fees. Ensuring that relations between the two parties are maintained, if feasible or desirable. Immediate interruption of the limitation period in order to relieve the parties of the pressure of filing an application. The immediate possibility of enforceability of the agreement by filing the relevant minutes at the registry of the competent court. The flexibility of the procedure, so that non-legal issues can be included in the subject matter of the proceeding. IS THE AGREEMENT OBLIGATORY? No, and as long as no solution is reached, the route of appeal to the competent court remains open.