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450,000 international successions in Europe and 123 billion €uros, issues debated during Brussels conference on 15 October


On 15 October 2010, the Notaries of Europe are holding a conference in Brussels on international successions, organised jointly with the European Commission. Many personalities from the worlds of politics, law and academia will take part in the event. Ms Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission, will open the debates, followed by Mr Stefaan De Clerck, the Belgian Minister for Justice.

By organising this conference, the Notaries of Europe and the Commission hope to make a new contribution to discussions underway on the proposal for a regulation on international successions. Today, eight million Europeans live outside their country of origin. There are two and a half million properties in the EU that belong to people residing in a state that differs from the state in which the property itself is located. Every year, 450,000 successions with an international dimension are opened in Europe, amounting to a sum in excess of 123 billion euros.

Yet, for a cross-border succession, heirs are often faced with major difficulties when asserting their rights, the diversity of national regulations being the source of many uncertainties (conflicts of laws, conflicts of jurisdiction). For example, for a German Citizen who owns a house in the south of France: upon his/her death, will French or German succession law apply for the transfer of the property?

During two round table discussions, participants will discuss the European Commission’s draft regulation on international successions, which should enable the rules applicable to cross-border successions to be clarified, for the benefit of citizens and their families. The Commission’s proposal foreseeing the introduction of a European Certificate of Succession will be examined, which will constitute evidence of the status of heir in all the Member States, making life easier for citizens.

The afternoon will provide the Notaries of Europe with the opportunity to present their European projects, which seek to help citizens and provide legal certainty. This will be the case of the website, which makes factsheets on succession law in 27 European countries available to citizens in 23 languages. The European Notarial Network will then present its new project for training European notaries in Community Law. Lastly, the ENRWA will reveal the content of a partnership project with the Commission that will rapidly enable the interconnection of registers of wills in Europe.

Consult the programme for the conference on:

To register for the conference, contact Mr Guillaume Casanova (+32 485 73 80 54)

The CNUE in brief:

The Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE) is an official body representing the notarial profession in dealings with European institutions. Speaking for the profession, it expresses the joint decisions of its members to the institutions of the European Union.

The CNUE includes 21 notarial organisations in the European Union. The European notariats are represented in the CNUE by the presidents of the national notariats. The CNUE operates under the authority of a President, the CNUE’s spokesperson, who has tenure for one year.

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