IN MEDIAS programme: European mediation training

Mediation institutions from six EU countries jointly develop a European mediation training course! IN-MEDIAS is an exciting, EU-funded project that brings together existing mediation training providers and strategic partners from across the EU to combine their experience in developing an integrated European mediation training curriculum.

What is the IN-MEDIAS project about?

The role of mediators is to act as neutral and impartial mediators in conflict situations, to defuse emotional tensions and to create an environment in which the conflict can be resolved or managed more constructively. Trained mediators need to have a broad knowledge and skills about the nature and management of conflict, whether in residential or educational communities, in the family, in the workplace or in the commercial sphere, to name but a few. The competence of the mediator is key, both within our own culture and in improving intercultural understanding.

What is the purpose of the IN-MEDIAS programme?

The project aims to provide a European platform for mediation training and services. The development of an integrated European mediation curriculum, building on the regional curricula of partner countries, will offer certification opportunities in a number of EU countries. Building on this training, the project also plans to provide in-service training for mediators to understand alternative dispute resolution and mediation processes across the EU, while acquiring the skills needed to mediate in different EU cultures. A European network of mediators is already in place. This will be further strengthened as the project builds a common understanding of how training is designed and delivered; a better understanding of certification requirements; integrated training processes to promote intercultural awareness; and EU-specific resources and publications.

Who participates in the programme?

Participants in the project include partners with expertise in mediator training:

  • Consensus, Germany (leader);
  • Partners Hungary Foundation and Mediation Centre
  • Associozione Med.Dia.Re., Italy;
  • Dialogue BV, The Netherlands;
  • Centuri Mediacji Partners, Polska, Poland; ICFML, Portugal)

and strategic partners:

  • Center of Arbitration and Mediation of Europe (CAME), Italy;
  • Mediators' Institute of Ireland (MII), Ireland;
  • Military University, Germany.

At the IN-MEDIAS consortium, we believe in the effectiveness of mediation - we have decades of experience. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of mediation training and to the continuous professional development of mediators within their own countries.

What are the expected results of the project?

The project will deliver four concrete results over three years.

  1. Firstly, we are putting together a European mediation training course, which we will then put into practice. The training is open for applications from 8 February to 20 March 2022, and the programme website!
  2. Second, we will map the training pathways for European intermediaries, from initial training and certification to practice development.
  3. Thirdly, a common European online and interactive module (online and interactive) will be jointly developed to strengthen the intercultural capacity of mediators.
  4. Finally, based on interviews with practising mediators in the EU, a pan-European publication was published to support the training and intercultural competence of EU mediators.


The project is funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

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