The Disputes Committee is part of the Disputes Committee Foundation for Consumer Affairs. There are more than 50 disputes committees connected to this Foundation. The Foundation is since the end of 2015 formally designated as an extrajudicial arbitration body in line with the EU 2015 Alternative Disputes Resolutions Directive (2013/11/EU). This Directive aims to offer consumers access to an out-of-court resolution of consumer disputes. In this way consumer disputes can be resolved faster and more efficient. In recent years we have seen an increase in disputes. This is primarily due to the increase in cross-border parcels as a result of growing e-commerce. In 2017 the Disputes Committee dealt with 71 cases. That is a significant decrease compared to last year (117).