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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.

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