Publication of the 2018 CNUE Annual Report

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The 2018 CNUE Annual Report 2018 is available online: http://www.notaries-of-europe.eu/files/publications/annual_report_2018-en-compress%C3%A9.pdf

The report provides a detailed account of the CNUE’s activities over the past year:

- Work on the package on company law presented by the European Commission on 25 April 2018. Throughout the year, the CNUE contributed to the political debates on the two proposals for directives, one to facilitate the use of digital tools for company registration and online information management, the other setting out harmonised procedures for cross-border divisions and conversions and a targeted revision for mergers.

- Actions undertaken with a view to the entry into application in early 2019 of the two European regulations on matrimonial property regimes and the property consequences of registered partnerships. The CNUE took action to raise awareness among both notaries and European citizens: training programme with the EU’s support, organisation of a conference for practitioners in October with the Commission (www.notariesofeurope-conference.eu), development of the European Notarial Network platform, updating of the Couples in Europe website (www.couples-europe.eu).

- The establishment of a common framework for notarial mediation in Europe. With the European Commission’s support, the Mediation for Notaries - Notaries for Mediation programme took place throughout the year. It resulted in the publication of a common guide on the practice of notarial mediation at European level (http://www.notaries-of-europe.eu/files/publications/guide-médiation-en-min.pdf) and the networking of notary-mediators.

- Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data became applicable on 25 May 2018. In this context, the CNUE positioned itself as a platform for exchange between its members with regard to the compliance of notarial chambers and notary practices.

- Coordinated action with the International Union of Notaries to make the voice of the notariat heard in international bodies, such as the United Nations in the field of company law or the OECD with respect to the regulated professions. Increasingly, new non-binding legal instruments are emerging through the work of these bodies that can have an impact at national level.

Finally, 2018 is marked by the 25th anniversary of the creation of the CNUE. To celebrate this event, a formal session was organised on 5 December at the European Parliament, 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”. You can watch the video retracing the history of the CNUE at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2OSBrhfpZA