On 29 June 2017, the European Chamber of Judicial Officers (CEHJ), the Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE) and the Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administraçào de Lisboa (Portugal) held a joint conference in Brussels to mark the publication of a comparative study conducted jointly on the application of the Brussels Ia Regulation.
Ms Salla Saastamoinen, Director of Civil Justice at the European Commission, welcomed the implementation of such cooperation in the context of a European project between legal professionals such as notaries and bailiffs. This aspect was also emphasised very positively by Mr Luc Ferrand, magistrate and director of IT projects at the French Ministry of Justice.
Among the courses of action presented in the study, the implementation of training at European level was proposed with a view to better application of the Brussels Ia Regulation by practitioners. Ms Emmanuelle Cretin-Magand, who is charge of issues relating to legal training at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Justice, spoke about this aspect in particular. After highlighting the CNUE’s efforts to train notaries, Ms Cretin-Magand announced the revision of the Commission’s strategy in the area of training with the launch of a public consultation at the end of summer 2017 and a major conference to which all stakeholders would be invited on 18 and 19 December 2017 in Brussels.
Raul Radoi, CNUE Secretary General, also spoke, stressing the importance of this joint project in many respects:
• It provided the opportunity to bring together around the same table two legal professions with many common characteristics in their diversity.
• The study related to the practical application of an instrument that was a ‘reference’ for European private international law that was evolving and being developed. Furthermore, the project allowed better mutual knowledge of the content of the law and procedures in a third of EU Member States.
• The study was conducted with EU co-funding. It was possible in practice thanks to the partnership with the legal professions that the European Commission has been developing and maintaining for many years.
The joint CNUE/CEHJ press release is available at the following link: http://www.notaries-of-europe.eu//index.php?pageID=15268
The study is available in English and French at the following link: http://www.notaries-of-europe.eu/files/publications/Rapport-BruxIBis.pdf