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A modern European notarial profession: training and information at the service of the citizen

Notaries at the heart of Europe - 10 years of presence


The CNUE (European Union Conference of the Notarial Profession) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its presence in Brussels, as well as its move to new offices close to the EU Institutions. Over the past ten years, the notaries have become a major actor within the developing European legal framework and an acknowledged partner of the European Institutions. As part of this commitment the CNUE has put in place a broad training and communication policy in order to provide a better service to the European citizen.

The main challenges for the CNUE in the future include: Its enlargement to nine new notarial associations and the launch of a number of new concrete initiatives including « Formanote », an EU training programme destined to European notaries and co-financed by the European Commission, and the organisation of the first European notaries congress. This event, which will take place in Rome in 2005, will be aimed at making progress on issues of key interest such as the circulation and the recognition of deeds.

The CNUE’s commitment to the construction of a legal Europe

For 10 years now the CNUE has actively contributed with its expertise to the development of EU policy. This commitment underscores the useful role that notaries play and demonstrates the added value that notaries offer to the European citizens as guarantors of their legal security.

The action of the notary and the authentic deed are two fundamental elements of the European space of freedom, security and justice. Notaries provide European citizens with legal security and consumer protection: values that the CNUE pledges to promote.

“Formanote”: Increasing the notaries’ knowledge in the area of civil judicial cooperation

The CNUE recently received the green light from the European Commission to implement the « Formanote » programme, which it will co-finance. This programme aims to provide training to European notaries in the domain of international private law and the recognition and execution of authentic deeds abroad.  This project also has as objective to widen and deepen the knowledge of notaries and their legal collaborators in the domain of civil judicial cooperation. It is crucial for notaries of Latin tradition to possess good knowledge of this domain since they frequently deal with civil law cases (family law, successions, contract law, company law, etc.), which contain elements of international law or cross-border effects.

The “Formanote” project consists of organising trainings in ten EU member States and in five candidate countries with Latin notarial tradition. These trainings are addressed to 1250 practitioners in the area of civil judicial cooperation. They will focus on EU regulations and on current initiatives of interest to notaries.

First European Notaries’ Congress in 2005: for an improved service to European citizens.

The CNUE will follow up the first European Young Notaries Forum held in Brussels in June 2003, which was a successful initiative in terms of increasing the awareness of legal practitioners in the field of community law. “The initiatives started with the Forum will be renewed and expanded. I am proud to announce that the first European notaries’ congress will be held in Rome in 2005 with the objective of allowing European notaries to provide better services to European citizens and to meet to exchange views on European themes of major interest for the legal practice”, commented CNUE’s President, Armand Roth.

The CNUE on-line: practical information, accessible to all

The CNUE has developed new initiatives that will offer notaries and citizens tools to inform and communicate in the most efficient and rapid way. The re-launched CNUE website will provide useful and constantly updated EU-specific and legal information for European citizens. An e-newspaper will soon be circulated to 35.000 European notaries with the objective of communicating the latest European developments concerning their profession. Furthermore, an intranet for the European notaries will enable the rapid exchange of documents and positions as regards the profession in the EU. The CNUE is also setting up a European electronic network for succession registries.

The CNUE in brief:

The Council of the Notariats of the European Union (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.

The CNUE includes 21 notarial organisations in the European Union. The European notariats are represented in the CNUE by the presidents of the national notariats. The CNUE operates under the authority of a President, the CNUE’s spokesperson, who has tenure for one year.

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