25th Anniversary of the CNUE – Brussels, 5 December 2018

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The year 2018 is marked by the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE). To celebrate this event fittingly, a formal session was held at the European Parliament on 5 December, under the patronage of Romanian MEP and notary Daniel BUDA. Institutional and political representatives were invited for the occasion and addressed the 150 representatives of European notariats present on the theme “The Council of the Notariats of the European Union - 25 years at the service of an area of Justice, Freedom and Security”.

Marius KOHLER, President of the CNUE, recalled that at 25 years old, the CNUE was now an adult organisation and that it could be proud of a history already made up of many achievements. In this regard, a video retracing the history of the CNUE was screened for participants and can be viewed at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2OSBrhfpZA

Tiina ASTOLA, Director General at DG JUST of the European Commission, stressed that notaries ensure the stability and reliability of the legal order. “They are the guardians of legal certainty” she insisted, going on to list the challenges facing the profession on the European front: the entry into force in January of the two family law regulations, the entry into force in February of the regulation on public documents and the transition to the digital age for the lifecycle of companies.

Hosting the event, MEP and notary Daniel BUDA highlighted the use of notaries by States whenever there are essential and sometimes unique moments in citizens’ lives, whether it is a question of family relations, property guarantees, inheritance or business relations.

Stéphane LEYENBERGER, Executive Secretary of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) of the Council of Europe, stressed the trust and working relationship that now unites his organisation and the CNUE.

José MARQUEÑO DE LLANO, President of the International Union of Notaries, the representative body of the 88 notariats in the world, welcomed the fact that “the CNUE and the UINL walk hand in hand like two intersecting circles, and with a common goal”. He then recalled that “the CNUE was born of a reality, the single European area, which gave rise to its own legislative, executive and judicial power, which are its natural interlocutors...”.

Cristian-Silviu BUȘOI, also an MEP and notary, also assisted in the organisation of this event. He mentioned that he had had the pleasure of working with the CNUE on several occasions over the past decade. “Whether it is the Congresses of Warsaw, Brussels or Santiago de Compostela, or the notary’s important role in consumer protection, company law, inheritance law and family law, it has always been clear to me that the profession is an active contributor to European legislation and policy in its field of competence”.