José Ángel Martínez Sanchiz re-elected President of the Spanish General Council of Notaries

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On 28 November, José Ángel Martínez Sanchiz was re-elected President of the Spanish General Council of Notaries, which represents nearly 3,000 notaries. Raimundo Fortuñy Marqués (Dean of the Chamber of Notaries of the Balearic Islands) was elected as Vice-President.

The President indicated that the new Council will promote support for people with disabilities, in accordance with the New York Convention and the forthcoming reform of the Civil Code and the Civil Code of Catalonia. The Council also intends to organise a congress this year to deal with the issue of the elderly.

He also intends to continue implementing the digitalisation of the notarial public service. The Spanish Notarial Council intends to work on the possibility for public authorities to perform certain notarial acts remotely by videoconference via an online notarial platform, to which the general public will have access. The aim is that certain common notarial acts can be executed without having to travel to a notary’s office. It also wishes to give citizens the possibility of having an electronic authentic copy of their notarial deed, which they can take with them on their mobile phone if they so wish. Another priority objective will be to provide answers and support to entrepreneurs and businessmen, both with regard to the creation and management of their business and the decisions they will sooner or later have to take with a view to succession or transfer. Finally, it stresses the need to support cooperation, as recognised by the FATF, in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing.

José Ángel Martínez Sanchiz has been a notary since August 1979, practising in Madrid since March 1983. He has held a number of institutional roles, having been elected President of the General Council of Notaries for the first time in December 2016. He is also a member academician of the Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation.

Raimundo Fortuñy Marqués has been a notary since 1987, practising in Calviá, Majorca, since August 1997. He has been re-elected Dean of the Chamber of Notaries of the Balearic Islands three times, and has been a member of the Standing Committee of the General Council of Notaries for the last two years.