The Conference of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE) is holding its General Assembly on 23 and 24 September in Brussels. The CNUE will be celebrating its commitment to European development by welcoming nine new notariats from the Member States of the enlarged Union. The CNUE General Assembly presents an opportunity to reinforce the notary’s role as a guarantor for legal security, working for the benefit of the European consumer.
The Conference of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE) is holding its General Assembly on 23 and 24 September in Brussels. The CNUE is an official body representing the notarial profession in dealings with European institutions. Speaking for the profession, it expresses the joint decisions of its members to the institutions of the European Union.
This General Assembly will provide an opportunity for the notariats of those Member States who are already part of this institution to meet together, and to officially welcome the notarial organisations of the new EU Member States which joined the CNUE on 1 May 2004: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.
In the words of the CNUE Chair, Mr. Nikolaos Stassinopoulos, also Chair of the Greek Notariat: “With the fall of the Berlin Wall, most of the countries joining the European Union on 1 May have opted to implement a preventive system of justice and to establish a notarial function, thereby re-establishing the link with their legal culture. The fact that the CNUE is today welcoming nine new European notariats is the best possible reward for this legal cooperation in Europe for the benefit of the European consumer. There is no doubt that the arrival of these notarial organisations in the CNUE will help constitute a common area of non-contentious legal process throughout the enlarged European Union.”
At their General Assembly, the notariats will be dealing with the major legislative issues regarding the internal market and justice on which the CNUE is working at the European level, and which notaries are called on effectively to implement in their respective countries.
In the legal area, European notariats will once again affirm their participation in the construction of a single European area of justice. Given their close involvement in questions of family law, notaries call on the European institutions to reduce the large number of uncertainties and conflicts in existing legislation, in particular in the field of succession and matrimonial arrangements. The CNUE also enthusiastically welcomes the Green Paper on maintenance obligations. Indeed, the notariats have gone one step ahead of the European institutions by launching, under their own initiative, a European network of national testamentary registers, which can be used to track down the last wills drawn up through a notary by citizens residing in the European Union.
The CNUE wishes to contribute actively to the creation of an area of freedom, security and justice, and is regularly – and rightly – consulted by the European Commission. At its meeting, the CNUE will review its participation in the “Forum Group” of experts set up by the European Commission in March 2003 to identify obstacles to a European mortgage lending market.
Notaries attending the CNUE General Assembly will also be looking at the notary’s mediation role in preventive justice. On this occasion, the CNUE will be re-examining its involvement in the drafting of a European code of conduct for mediation.
In the words of CNUE Director Mrs Clarisse Martin, “notaries guarantee the legal security and protection of the consumer within the European Union. In its activities, the CNUE seeks to highlight the essential role played by notaries in the lives of European citizens”.