The tenth meeting of the European Notarial Network took place in Zagreb on 25 and 26 April 2013 under the auspices of the Croatian notariat and in the presence of Ms Lucija Popov, the president of the Croatian notariat, and Mr Frank Molitor, the president of the CNUE.
With a view to Croatia officially joining the European Union on 1 July 2013, Mr Ivan Crnčec, a representative from the Croatian Ministry of Justice, opened the meeting. He welcomed the Croatian notariat’s forthcoming full membership of the CNUE and outlined the history of the profession at national level, going on to underline its socio-economic role and assure the notariat of his ministry’s full support.
The European Commission was also represented, by the secretary of the European Judicial Network and the person from DG Justice responsible for judicial training. The participants were therefore able to discuss the Commission’s recent legislative proposal on public documents and make constructive proposals.
With respect to notary training, the participants discussed the roll-out of the ‘Europe for Notaries – Notaries for Europe’ programme. The Commission organised a conference in April called ‘Stimulating European Judicial Training’. This event brought together representatives from the different legal professions (judges, lawyers, magistrates, notaries, etc.) to discuss how to organise training for legal practitioners.
The ENN’s 2013 work programme was also the subject of lively exchanges. An application for Commission funding has been made. This partnership should enable many new projects to be set up, including the creation of an explanatory leaflet for notaries on the application of the new regulation on international successions. Another big project will be the creation of an information portal on advance decisions and protecting the vulnerable.
The next ENN meeting will be held in Luxembourg on 24 October 2013 in conjunction with the conference organised as part of the European Day of Civil Justice scheduled for the following day.