Meeting of the European Notarial Network – Malta, 18-19 May 2017

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The European Notarial Network (ENN) held its first annual meeting in Malta on 18 and 19 May. The now traditional meeting of the Network’s interlocutors was preceded this time by a conference on European regulations on international successions, matrimonial property regimes and registered partnerships. Aside from contributions by practitioners from various Member States, the participants also had the privilege of listening to Mr Anġlu Farrugia, Speaker of the Chamber of Representatives of Malta, and the Attorney General, Mr Peter Grech.

After the conference, a ceremony was organised at in the notarial archives of Valletta. On this occasion, the CNUE symbolically became the adopter of acts drawn up by notaries in Malta in the 16th Century. By so doing, the CNUE is showing its commitment to the conservation and restoration of these archives, which contain some 20 000 notarial registers extending over a period of 600 years (for more information: www.facebook.com/notarialarchives; cantilena.mjcl@gov.mt).

On Friday 19 May, the ENN interlocutors reviewed the implementation of their 2014-2017 work programme and the actions still to be undertaken: information for notaries on the EU Regulation on the movement of public documents, implementation of a website on the evidentiary effects of authentic instruments used in cross-border procedures in the EU, checklist of documents to produce when purchasing real estate, updating of the Couples in Europe website, etc.

So far, the efforts made enabled the ENN online platform to be launched in July 2016, allowing some 700 user-notaries free access to legal databases, practical tools and bilingual documents, and to contact the national interlocutors more quickly and efficiently. Among the projects finalised recently, the participants elaborated on the creation of two practical handbooks on the European regulations on matrimonial property regimes and registered partnerships, available in the languages of the countries participating in the enhanced cooperation.

The interlocutors also discussed the possibility of presenting to the European Commission a new four-year work programme from 2018 to 2021. The results of these discussions will be presented at the next CNUE General Assembly, due to take place in Madrid in June.