On 17 August 2015, French notaires started using the EU regulation on international successions. The regulation provides for a European Certificate of Succession (CSE) which can prove a person’s status as heir or legatee in another country of the European Union party to the regulation (all except Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom).
The notarial profession has created a European register of succession certificates. It has been operational since 17 August 2015.
As at 2 August 2016, already 52 European Certificates of Succession had been registered. Over the same period, French notaries conducted searches for 165 certificates established in France. French notaries can also search the Luxembourg register that is interconnected. Luxembourgers notaries can also search the French register. Interconnections with the Belgian and Dutch registers are planned for this year.
Source : www.notaires.fr