Closing Conference of CNUE 2015-2017 Training Programme

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Some one hundred participants met in Rome on Friday 24 February for the closing conference of the CNUE’s training programme, the culmination of a series of 12 seminars organised by 12 CNUE member notariats during the 2015-2017 period. The aim of the programme, “Europe for Notaries – Notaries for Europe”, was to provide training focusing essentially on the application of the new European regulation on international successions.

The opening of the conference was held in the presence of Salvatore Lombardo, President of the Italian notariat, and José Manuel García Collantes, President of the CNUE. The European Commission was represented by Emmanuelle Cretin-Magand, who is in charge of matters relating to legal training at the Directorate-General for Justice. Ms Cretin-Magand presented the results of the European judicial training policy, explained in detail in a recent 2016 report available at the following address:

One of the European Commission’s objectives is to enable at least half of the legal practitioners in the European Union to follow training in EU law or in the law of another Member State by 2020. In this regard, Ms Cretin-Magand praised the CNUE’s efforts, considering also that “the notaries were good performers in terms of legal training compared to the other professions.” Finally, she announced the opening of a consultation in the coming months with a view to adoption by mid-2018 of a new European Commission strategy on legal training.

Through the Chair of its Training working group, Marc Wilmus, and its Secretary General, Raul Radoi, the CNUE acknowledged its members’ major involvement in the seminars, which brought together more than 1350 participants. A new programme that would be implemented in 2018 was announced in the field of family law, with a view to the European regulations on matrimonial property regimes and registered partnerships becoming applicable.

The second half of the conference was dedicated to feedback from the seminar participants. The academics Patrick Wautelet from the University of Liège and Brigitta Lurger from the University of Graz detailed the main challenges facing legal practitioners when applying the succession regulation: how to determine the habitual residence of the deceased, to what extent mandatory rules may be invoked, what is the effectiveness of the European Certificate of Succession in the country of destination, etc. Feedback from the field is extremely valuable for the European Commission, which will be able to use it in the context of a first revision of the succession regulation, currently planned for 2025.