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40 000 Notaries Committed to Legal Certainty in Europe


The 22 member notariats of the Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE) today signed by notarial act a Charter of Legal Certainty in Europe. The signature took place at the European Parliament in Strasburg on the occasion of the 111th Congress of the Notaries of France. Through this Charter, the 40 000 notaries of Europe and their 160 000 employees underline their commitment to legal certainty for European citizens and their families.

To this end, the Notaries of Europe intend to:

-    Facilitate access to law by creating practical information tools like the Successions Europe  (, Couples in Europe ( and The Vulnerable in Europe ( websites.

-    Develop and enhance tools for cross-border cooperation between notaries such as the EUFides platform and the European Notarial Network (ENN).

-    Make available to the European institutions their expertise in their areas of competence.

Mr Jean Tarrade, the President of the Council of the Notariats of the European Union, declared on this occasion:
“The 40 000 European notariats share the same raison d’être in their work: that of guaranteeing the legal certainty of their fellow citizens. By signing this Charter, we are recalling that notarial expertise is available to the European institutions, so as to participate in a tangible way in the construction of the area of freedom, security and justice sought by the European Union, in the interests of all European citizens.”

This charter is all the more symbolic as it marks the EU notariats’ commitment to cooperation just a few weeks from the entry into force of the new European regulation on international successions on 17 August 2015.

The charter of the Notaries of Europe for legal certainty can be consulted here.

The CNUE in brief:

The Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE) is an official body representing the notarial profession in dealings with European institutions. Speaking for the profession, it expresses the joint decisions of its members to the institutions of the European Union. The CNUE includes 22 notarial organisations in the European Union. The European notariats are represented in the CNUE by the presidents of the national notariats. The CNUE operates under the authority of a President, the CNUE’s spokesperson, who has tenure for one year.

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