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Regulation 524/2013 on consumer ODR

When consumers have a problem with a trader regarding a product or service they bought, they can settle their dispute out-of-court through an Alternative Dispute Resolution or Online Dispute Resolution (ADR / ODR) procedure.

As such procedures are an alternative to resolving disputes before a court they are called Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). When they are carried out online, they are called Online Dispute Resolution (ODR).

Resolving disputes through ADR/ODR, in general, is easier, faster and less expensive than resolving disputes before a court.

In the European Union, ADR/ODR procedures can take different forms and they can have different names e.g.arbitration, conci;iation, mediation, ombudsmen, complaints boards.

On 21 May 2013, the European legislator adopted new legislation for ADR -REGULATION (EU) No 524/2013 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 21 May 2013 on online dispute resolution for consumer disputes and amending Regulation (EC) No 2006/2004 and Directive 2009/22/EC.

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