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News CNUE, 2 February 2024

European elections 2024: the proposals of the Notaries of Europe

In the run-up to the European elections in June, the Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE) has published a series of priorities for future MEPs, members of the European Commission and the Council of the EU.

These proposals are structured around 7 main themes:

  • Ensuring legal certainty in an increasingly uncertain digital world
  • Better protecting citizens’ rights
  • Facilitating the settlement of successions in Europe
  • Promoting the reliability of registers
  • Acting in the fight against money laundering
  • Fostering the development of non-litigious justice in Europe
  • Standing by Ukraine

Notaries are the legal advisors to citizens and companies. They accompany them throughout the major stages of life: marriage contract, purchase of real estate, settlement of an inheritance, company statutes, etc. Every month, several million clients come through the doors of a notary’s office. And they are facing a steady increase in the number of cases with a cross-border element.

Through this manifesto, the CNUE is committed to working alongside the European institutions to provide legislative and practical solutions to the challenges faced by citizens and companies whose lives and activities are now part of the European area.

Read the manifesto (in PDF)

 Home  -  News  -  Launch of the new training programme EL@N II

News CNUE, 18 January 2024

Launch of the new training programme EL@N II

The Kick-off meeting of the EU co-funded project EL@N II successfully unfolded on 12 January in Vilnius, following the Handover of Powers ceremony on 11 January, and marking a first significant milestone of the CNUE Lithuanian Presidency.

Under the chairmanship of Mr. Marc Wilmus, Chair of the CNUE Training Working Group, and with the active participation of representatives from all consortium partners, the kick-off meeting provided a platform to discuss and plan the deployment of activities across five key training modules important for European notaries.

The meeting featured presentations by leaders from different Working Groups, outlining plans for constructing modules on Successions Law, AML, Cross-border enforcement of Authentic Acts, English for Notaries, and Strengthening gender equality in the notarial practice. The training material will progressively be made available to notaries connecting on the CNUE eLearning platform, accessible through the ENN website. Furthermore, EL@N II will allow notaries to get trained, to meet and to exchange views and opinions through a series of seminars and webinars.

This collaborative event allowed partners to share ideas and thoughts on the prospective modules, fostering a collective agreement on roles, tasks, and timelines for the delivery of the project’s outputs. The consortium looks forward to a dynamic and impactful implementation of its initiatives, propelling EL@N II towards its goals of innovation and progress in notarial practices.

The newly started EL@N II project, a new CNUE coordinated initiative on training co-funded by the EU, will last two years and will count on the cooperative work of national notariats from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, and Spain, as well as the UINL and the ENRWA. France will support the project as an associated partner.

 Home  -  News  -  Marius Stračkaitis is the new President of the CNUE

News CNUE, 11 January 2024

Marius Stračkaitis is the new President of the CNUE

At the handover ceremony held in Vilnius on Thursday 11 January, Lithuanian notary Marius Stračkaitis became the new president of the Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE) for 2024. He takes over from German notary Dr. Peter Stelmaszczyk and now represents the 22 notariats of the European Union and 50 000 notaries in Europe.

With the participation of high-level figures, such as the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania, Ewelina Dobrowolska, the Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Lithuanian Parliament, Irena Haase, and the President of the Union Internationale du Notariat (UINL), Lionel Galliez, President Marius Stračkaitis outlined the priorities of his work programme for the coming months, in the context of the European elections to be held in June.

During his term of office, President Stračkaitis intends to structure his actions around the following three areas:

  • Strengthening of the notarial function in Europe. Notaries contribute to the provision of non-contentious justice, which helps to avoid costly disputes. For this reason, the Lithuanian Presidency of the CNUE intends to focus on sharing experience between notariats and will promote the use of preventive justice procedures in the adoption of future EU legislation.
  • Digitalisation of notaries’ activities. Important files are being adopted by the European institutions and will have an impact on the activities of notaries: creation of a European Digital Identity Wallet, Artificial Intelligence Act, extension and improvement of the use of digital tools and processes in company law, etc. In this context, the CNUE is positioning itself as a promoter of the principle of legal certainty by default. It considers it essential that the development of digital solutions in a cross-border context does not undermine legal certainty and works with the European institutions in this direction.
  • Support to Ukraine and the Ukrainian notariat. Throughout 2022 and 2023, the CNUE has been committed with Ukrainian citizens and notaries. This institutional, material and legal support will continue and intensify in 2024, focusing not only on the ongoing reform and digitalisation of the notarial system, but also on the extension of assistance provided to notaries and their families affected by the war. A conference will be organised in Vilnius on 13 September 2024 and will serve as a platform for discussions on future cooperation between the CNUE, the Ukrainian notariat and the Ukrainian and European institutions.

More information regarding the presidency of the CNUE is available here.

Copyright photos Martynas Ambrazas

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 Home  -  News  -  Council of Europe – Publication of the specific study on notaries

News CNUE, 9 January 2024

Council of Europe – Publication of the specific study on notaries

As every two years, the CEPEJ publishes on its website, and on the special page of its database CEPEJ-STAT, a specific Study on notaries. This study has been prepared by the CNUE, which has the CEPEJ observer status. Based on 2020 data collected by the CEPEJ in the framework of its evaluation of judicial systems, this study practically complements and deepens the  Evaluation Report published in 2022.

The Specific Study on Notaries covers different themes relating to the profession of notaries in Europe and in particular the status, number, functions, competences, activities, best practices in the field of new technologies, training, and supervision and monitoring of the notariat. Similar studies are carried out concerning enforcement agents and judicial experts, and they are published in September on the CEPEJ and CEPEJ-STAT web pages.

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