Europe’s 40,000 notaries have a new President for 2013, Mr Frank Molitor, a notary who has been President of the Chamber of Notaries of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg since 2009. Mr Molitor will be supported during his term as President by Mr Tilman Götte from the German notariat and Mr André Michielsens from the Belgian notariat, who will take on the roles of Vice Presidents.
Significant challenges will face the notariat in 2013, which is also the year the CNUE will celebrate its 20th anniversary and the year the Croatian notariat will become a member. The first few months of 2013 will be marked by the launch of an extensive training programme, in collaboration with the European Commission. This project will involve putting on 14 seminars in 10 Member States, with a total of around 2,000 notaries attending.
In addition to these seminars, on the occasion of the European Day of Civil Justice on 25 October there will be a large-scale event in Luxembourg, organised in collaboration with the European Commission and the Council of Europe. It will consist of sessions for the general public on the theme of “Cross-border access to the law”.
Consolidating EUFides will be another of our priorities. The aim is to make use of the system widespread among the CNUE’s member notariats. As for ongoing work at the European institutions, the European notariat will be closely following the review of the Professional Qualifications Directive and the discussions on the two draft regulations on the property consequences of matrimonial property regimes and registered partnerships.
Developments in the areas of contract law, with the expected implementation of the optional 28th regime, and company law, for which there will be a series of new Commission proposals, will be followed with interest. The Commission is also planning to publish a new proposal on the circulation of public documents in April 2013.
Finally, we will begin significant analytical work to identify what legislative changes will have to be made at national level for the Regulation on cross-border succession and the creation of a European Certificate of Succession to be implemented by July 2015.
For further information, please see our Luxembourg’s 2013 Presidency page