CNUE Plenary General Assembly – La Granja, 16/17 June 2017

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The twenty-two CNUE member notariats met in La Granja, near Madrid, for the annual Plenary General Assembly. The notariats with CNUE observer member status are also invited to this meeting, namely the Montenegrin, Serbian and Turkish notariats. The Serbian notariat’s status as observer member was made official on this occasion in the presence of its President, Mr Miodrag Dukanovic. Mr Dukanovic insisted on his wish to establish an efficient notarial system in Serbia and asked the CNUE for its help in achieving this objective.

Indeed, the notarial service of the Republic of Serbia is relatively recent, having been introduced into the national legal system in 2011. The first 98 notaries were appointed by the Minister of Justice in August 2014. The Chamber of Notaries of Serbia was created on 15 August 2014 and notaries began their work officially on 1 September of the same year. The Serbian notariat has been a member of the International Union of Notaries since October 2016. The country currently has 152 notaries, who deal in particular with real estate transactions, succession procedures and the legalisation and certification of signatures and documents.

Furthermore, the CNUE General Assembly decided unanimously to grant observer member status to the Chamber of Notaries of the Republic of Macedonia, whose representatives are expected to attend the next CNUE General Assembly at the end of November in Brussels, in order to make their membership official.

Aside from the current political issues, for example relating to company law, and the forthcoming events organised by the CNUE (4th Congress in Santiago de Compostela and 2nd edition of the Notaries of Europe Open Days), the participants took stock of the many projects the CNUE has committed to with the European Commission’s support. Thus, in October, the CNUE will undertake a programme to create a common framework for cross-border notarial mediation. In parallel, it will begin revamping the European Directory of Notaries (https://www.notaries-directory.eu). The participating notariats were also in favour of providing notaries with training on the recent European regulations.