From 5 to 7 October 2017, the city of Santiago de Compostela welcomed notaries from 22 countries of the European Union who took part in the 4th Congress organised by the Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE), under the heading “EU Law at the Service of Citizens”.
More than 600 notaries were present, along with high-ranking officials from the European and Spanish institutions, representatives of consumer organisations, entrepreneurs and other legal practitioners. The participants exchanged, debated and made concrete proposals on two topical issues: consumer protection in the legal environment and the transfer of company headquarters in the EU.
During the opening session on Thursday 5 October, the CNUE President, Mr José Manuel García Collantes, stressed the role that notaries can play in overcoming citizens’ lack of trust in digital commerce and online transactions. However, this role has yet to be defined. The Spanish Minister of Justice, Rafael Catalá, invited notaries to embark on this path, emphasising the notariat’s central role in European legal systems.
The European Commission was represented by the Director General of DG Justice, Tiina Astola. Ms Astola highlighted the need for a change in mindset on the part of market operators, including the notarial profession, in the face of the profound upheavals brought about by the digitalisation of economic activities. “Digitisation does not reduce legal certainty, on the contrary,” she said, inviting notaries to commit to guaranteeing the legal force of their instruments in a modern digital environment.
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