Hosted by the Conseil Supérieur du Notariat français, the 2017 and 2018 CNUE Boards met in Paris on 16 January 2019 for the transfer of powers ceremony. On this occasion, Mr Marius Kohler handed over the reins to his successor as President of the CNUE, Mr Pierre-Luc Vogel (see the CNUE press release: http://www.notaries-of-europe.eu//index.php?pageID=16833).
In the presence of the President of the Notaries of France, Mr Jean-François Humbert, and Mr Thomas Andrieux, Director of Civil Affairs and the Seal, Mr Vogel detailed the main lines of his work programme for 2019.
With a view to Brexit and the European elections, he intends to highlight the specific features of the notarial function to his European contacts. To this end, the CNUE intends to make concrete proposals for the elections, first by examining European legislation that directly concerns notarial activity, and then by proposing ways of improving it. At the same time, CNUE will be directly involved in the campaign by encouraging European notaries to take part in the elections.
In terms of technology, Mr Vogel will work to pool the resources deployed by each notariat. Storage, data exchange with public registers, deployment of e-signature, the electronic authentic instrument: all these are projects and achievements in which each notariat should be able to benefit from the experience of others.
Another significant announcement is the intention to publish for the first time this year a barometer of house prices in several major European cities. Work has already begun in this regard with several notariats.
Finally, in the autumn, a major exhibition will be organised at the European Parliament in Brussels. The exhibition will bring to the public’s attention notarial acts of significant historical value, as well as technological developments in the CNUE member notariats. The objective will be to demonstrate to the new MEPs both the very old roots of the profession and its modernity.