The European Union has created a website to support consumers in submitting their complaints about any dispute they are involved in. In this context, we provide all the information so that you can exercise your right of complaint with an official, third party and impartial entity to the process, (“dispute resolution entity”) that will help you to resolve the dispute in question.
So, if you are dissatisfied with the purchase of a good or service, or with the solution presented by us to resolve the situation, you can access this official website https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/odr/main/?event =main.home.show and air your objection.
What is alternative dispute resolution?
Alternative dispute resolution is the possibility that all consumers have at their disposal to appeal and official entities that help them in the resolution, or guidance of any conflict, before opening litigation in the Courts.
As a general rule, the procedure is as follows: the customer asks an impartial third party to act as an intermediary between him and the merchant who is the subject of his complaint. The intermediary can suggest a solution to your complaint, impose a solution on both parties, or bring the parties together to find a solution.
You may know the concept of alternative dispute resolution by another name: ‘mediation’, ‘conciliation’, ‘arbitration’ or ‘committee responsible for consumer disputes’.
Alternative dispute resolution is, as a rule, less expensive, less formal and faster than the judicial route.
In the event of a consumer dispute, the consumer may resort to the following alternative consumer dispute resolution entities:
CNIACC – Centro Nacional de Informação e Arbitragem de Conflitos de Consumo
CACCL – Centro de Arbitragem de Conflitos de Consumo de Lisboa
CACCVA – Centro de Arbitragem de Conflitos de Consumo do Vale do Ave/Tribunal Arbitral
CICAP – Centro de de Informação de Consumo e Arbitragem do Porto (Tribunal Arbitral de Consumo)
CIMAAL – Centro de de Informação, Mediação e Arbitragem de Conflitos de Consumo de Algarve
CIAB – Centro de Informação, Mediação e Arbitragem de Consumo (Tribunal Arbitral de Consumo)
CIMPAS – Centro de Informação, Mediação e Provedoria de Seguros