We have begun a very radical "Change Project" which will take us to 2023. Initiated under the leadership of the Notaries Union of Turkey, an institution boasting 1771 member notaries, we aim to reduce the time citizens spend with notaries, standardise notarial services by enhancing the quality of services provided and make business life easier. In this context, we are working to review notarial legislation, taking technological developments into account.
We think that all judicial procedures, including matters relating to inheritance and family law, can be carried out by notaries like in other European countries. This reduces the workload of the judicial system. Notaries have a key role to play in this system as purveyors of preventive justice.
We also believe that it is time Turkish notaries performed transactions in relation to the purchase and sale of real estate, setting up mortgages, residency rights, establishing easement and carrying out other crucial legal work that has been assigned to their colleagues in Europe.
It is of vital importance that contractual real estate transactions are performed by notaries. This is in the interests of legal certainty and the national economy. Performing these transactions will keep the balance between legal certainty and contracts. Notaries will organise the whole transaction from beginning to end, avoiding conflicts such as the cancelling of registration of title deeds and receivables-debts.
While continuing this work, we participate in the Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE) as an observer member in order to use the relevant experiences of the member notariats in their different areas of competence. By picking up examples of best practice, we aim to produce work that educates the authorities and Turkish society and favours legislative developments.
Furthermore, in recent years the CNUE has developed extremely interesting projects intended for citizens and legal practitioners. I have in mind the Couples in Europe and Successions Europe websites and the European Directory of Notaries. These initiatives highlight the added value contributed by the profession.
The CNUE is extraordinarily rich in terms of information exchanges. This will be very useful for Turkish notaries with regard to real estate sales, to explain European examples to the public in Turkey and to cite Europe as an example in the legislative work to be carried out in Turkey in this respect.