On Thursday 15 January, Mr Bernard Reynis took on the presidency of the Council of the Notariats of the European Union, the body representing Europe’s 40 000 civil law notaries vis-à- vis the European institutions. He takes over from Mr Juan Bolás Alfonso who was CNUE president during 2008. Previously, Mr Bernard Reynis was president of the Conseil Supérieur du Notariat Français from 2006 to 2008.
During his mandate, Mr Reynis’s priority will be to maintain ever closer cooperation with the European institutions and bring them the expertise of the EU’s notaries, with the aim of providing citizens with an area of justice, freedom and security without internal borders.
To this end, the Notaries of Europe are beginning 2009 with the launch of a new visual identity and the reaffirmation of the added value of notarial services. In 2009 they will concentrate their actions on the following projects:
- The mutual recognition and free movement of authentic acts in Europe.
- The European certificate of inheritance.
- The elaboration of rules on conflicts of laws in family law.
- Access to law in cross-border matters, particularly by developing the European Notarial Network.
They will also be involved in actions in close cooperation with the European Commission, particularly with regard to family law. A colloquium organised jointly with the Commission, with the participation of Mr Jacques Barrot, Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security, will take place in Brussels on 19-20 March 2009.
Finally, the attention of the Notaries of Europe will focus on the ECJ’s decision on the nationality requirement in order to enter the notary profession. The Court will decide on the validity of this requirement, particularly in relation to Article 45 of the European Treaties. As delegates of official authority, the Notaries of Europe are expecting the decision to confirm them as key actors in the European legal area, at the service of citizens, families and businesses.