A statement from a summit between European and US officials held in Washington said that settling judicial issues over "applicable law and jurisdiction" for online disputes "will be difficult to resolve in the near term".
However, if an informal agreement on out-of-court settlement procedures could be reached then this "would help to achieve global electronic commerce growth", said a joint communique. Both sides accepted systems should be fair, effective, impartial, accessible, at low or no cost to the consumer, transparent and quick-acting.
They agreed to work towards ensuring that mechanisms should adhere to certain general principles. These would include:
The EU and US also agreed that law enforcement authorities should work with businesses and consumers "to detect, prevent and stop fraudulent, deceptive or unfair activity" related to ADR systems.