In the framework of the EU co-funded project ENN, the Austrian Chamber of Civil Law Notaries organised a seminar on 22 November addressing challenges and experiences relating to the application of the EU Regulation on Successions. The event took place in the context of the Austrian Presidency of the European Council and facilitated discussion and networking opportunities with the European Affairs Commission (CAE) of the International Union of Notaries.
Around 90 notaries and legal practitioners from different EU countries, as well as participants from the European Commission, attended the ENN seminar. Keynote speakers included Michael Winderspin, a member of the Legal Service of the European Commission, who delivered a speech on the most recent cases of the Court of Justice.
The panellists discussed topics of relevance to notaries resulting from the challenges of handling the frequent cross-border cases between the countries of Central Europe, such as the difficulty in determining jurisdiction and applicable law and in establishing the last habitual residence of the deceased, and the identification of succession property abroad and assessment of its value.
The audience composed of participants from EU Member States, as well as neighbouring countries, permitted a very fruitful discussion analysing the relevance and validity of the EU mutual assistance tools in the different local contexts and comparing practical experiences with the European Certificate of Succession, national decisions, and recognition and registration in the land register.
The public seminar was followed on 23 November by the working group meeting of the European Notarial Network (www.enn-rne.eu). The assembly was welcomed by Rudolf Kaindl, Vice-President of the Austrian Chamber of Civil Law Notaries and had the significant participation of Christian Rauscher from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Constitutional Affairs, Reforms, Deregulation and Justice. Mr Rauscher presented the experience of the Austrian contact point of the European Judicial Network and remarked the importance of cooperation with the notaries via the ENN which was set up taking inspiration from the model of the EJN.