Press Release

Discussions to Focus on Successions Regulation

European Day of Civil Justice 

Brussels,

To celebrate the European Day of Civil Justice, the Notaries of Europe are holding a major event in Luxembourg this Friday in partnership with the European Commission and the Council of Europe. The day will have two parts, one intended for notaries, the other for citizens. A major conference will take place with over 200 notaries and representatives from academia and the political arena expected to attend, including the Vice-President of the European Commission, Ms Viviane Reding, the Minister of Justice of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Ms Octavie Modert, and Ms Hanne Juncher, Head of the Justice and Legal Cooperation Department of the Council of Europe.

The application of the new European regulation on international successions will be the focus of discussions. This regulation, which came into force on 16 August 2012, will only apply to successions opened from 17 August 2015. The Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE) intends to use this time to prepare notaries appropriately in how to use this new instrument: “The practical implementation of the regulation on international succession is a challenge the profession is rising to. Thanks to our ‘Europe for Notaries – Notaries for Europe’ training programme, supported by the European Commission, nearly 2000 notaries will be trained to use the regulation by 2014”, declared Mr Frank Molitor, President of the CNUE. “We have been working towards this for several years, with the development of the multilingual www.successions-europe.eu website, which is also intended for citizens.”

Citizens will be the centre of attention on the European Day of Civil Justice. One of the other aims is to increase public awareness of the rights of people to access civil justice when they are at work, when they marry, when they have children or when they purchase goods and services elsewhere in the European Union. To this end, information stands will be available during the conference and notaries will be present to answer citizens’ practical questions.

This tenth European Day of Civil Justice provides us with the opportunity to give a reminder of the progress accomplished in creating a European area of Justice, which aims is to provide access to justice for all European citizens, regardless of the Member State in which they happen to be,” said Vice-President Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for Justice. “This day will also enable citizens to obtain real answers to their questions. The CNUE and the European notariat as a whole play a very useful role to this end, every day. These same notaries will play a key role in implementing the new regulation on successions, which will bring visible and tangible benefits.”

More details are available on the conference website (http://conference-notaire-luxembourg.lu) and on the Notaries of Europe portal (www.notariesofeurope.eu). 

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 22 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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