CNUE – Transfer of Powers – Berlin, 19 January 2018

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Hosted by the Representation of the Land of Hamburg in Berlin, the CNUE’s 2017 and 2018 Boards met for a handover ceremony. On this occasion, Mr José Manuel García Collantes handed over to his successor as President of the CNUE, Mr Marius Kohler (see the CNUE press release: http://www.notaries-of-europe.eu//index.php?pageID=15929).

Welcomed by the President of the German notariat, Mr Jens Bormann, the participants were honoured by the presence of the Federal Minister of Justice, Mr Heiko Maas. Mr Maas emphasised the role played by notaries in the organisation of justice in Europe and, more particularly, in Germany. His remarks echoed those of Mr García Collantes, who recalled all the progress made over the past 25 years in asserting public notarial function at European level.

Mr Kohler laid the groundwork for the work to be carried out by the CNUE in 2018: adoption of the Brussels IIa Regulation on family law, the prospect of the entry into force of the regulations on matrimonial property regimes and registered partnerships, the training actions planned for the notaries of Europe, the consolidation of the European Notarial Network, the fight against money laundering, etc.

However, the focus in 2018 will be on the forthcoming European Commission proposals for company law. These proposals will aim to generalise the use of digital technologies throughout the lifecycle of companies. In this context, the German Presidency of the CNUE reiterated the essential role of the notarial profession alongside entrepreneurs in setting up companies, maintaining trade registers on behalf of the States and combating money laundering.