The 40,000 notaries of Europe and their 160,000 employees will announce the publication of their 2020 Plan on 7 October 2014. Following the arrival in office of a new European Parliament and before nomination of the college of Commissioners, they commit specifically to serving the free movement of citizens and businesses in Europe.
The announcement will be made during SME Week at an event the Notaries of Europe are organising in Brussels on “Rebuilding trust in the European SME Market”. They will present one of their five commitments: “Supporting business development in Europe”. The Notaries of Europe will thus inaugurate a series of events due to take place throughout 2014/2015 during which participants will debate the proposals made in the 2020 Plan. The Plan focuses on the following five commitments:
1) Bringing new solutions for the daily lives of citizens. The notaries of Europe will work to unify the conflict-of-law rules at European level for family and civil status law. Other priorities will be the protection of vulnerable adults and the use of mediation as an alternative means of dispute resolution There are also plans to set up an information tool on real estate transactions.
2) Supporting business development in Europe. The notaries of Europe will extend their efforts to achieve the adoption of a European company law directive on the transfer of seat. The fight against money laundering and the strengthening of national control procedures before a notary will be important areas of work. Finally, they intend to make it easier for businesses to move around Europe by creating a tool to check the reliability of the business’s representatives and constituents.
3) Strengthening cross-border cooperation between notaries. The notaries of Europe will roll out the EUFides cooperation platform within the European Union. They will encourage the creation of national registers (registers of lasting powers of attorney, insolvency registers, etc.) and their interconnection. With the implementation of new European legislation, they will propose increasingly specialised training in European law for notaries. An exchange programme between young notaries is also planned.
4) Making justice more efficient thanks to the authentic instrument. Making the movement of authentic instruments easier in the EU is a priority for the notaries of Europe. In order to do so, they intend to contribute to further harmonisation of the conflict-of-law rules in the areas in which there is not yet legislation (matrimonial property regimes, registered partnerships, protection of the vulnerable, etc.) They also want to give the advantages resulting from authenticity to the new European legal instruments, such as the European Certificate of Succession. Finally, development of the electronic authentic instrument and electronic archiving will be encouraged.
5) Working alongside the national administrations. Now more than ever, the European States are confronted with economic and budgetary difficulties leading them to reform their organisation. In many Member States, notaries already make their contribution to the functioning of justice alongside the States (celebration of marriages before a notary in Estonia, amicable divorce settlement in Romania, etc.) They are ready to enhance their action. Likewise, having been committed for several years to digital exchanges with the administration, they will continue to develop new working tools.