The Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE)

Notaries are present in 22 of the 28 Member States of the European Union, representing more than 80% of the population.These notaries of Europe are grouped in the Council of Notariats of the European Union, called the CNUE.

Commitments and initiatives of the European Notariats in building a Europe governed by the rule of law

These European notaries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia) are grouped together in the Council of Notariats of the European Union, called the CNUE (www.notaries-of-europe.eu). North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey have observer status.

Founded in 1993 and based in Brussels, the CNUE represents the civil law notary in its relations with the European institutions.­ The family, property and working lives of Europeans are taking on an increasingly European and global character where the need for legal certainty is of utmost importance. The CNUE ensures ongoing monitoring of the needs and expectations of individuals and businesses in order to define its priorities and commitments and contribute to building a Europe governed by the rule of law that reflects the traditions of the Member States and ensures legal certainty, equal access to justice and improvement of the economic environment.

Consult the CNUE Annual Report for the year 2020

Notaries of Europe conduct the following initiatives

  • Facilitate access to a notary who speaks his language (www.annuaire-des-notaires.eu) or the law of another State through participation in initiatives related to E-JUSTICE and the establishment of registration cards. multilingual legal information
    - Successions: www.successions-europe.eu,
    - Matrimonial regimes and partnerships: www.coupleseurope.eu;
    - Real estate purchase: www.jachetemonlogement.eu,
    - Vulnerable people: www.the-vulnerable.eu
    - Authentic instruments : www.authentic-acts.eu
  • Organize trainings on EU law and comparative law with the financial support of the European Commission.
  • Extend the European Network of Wills Registers (RERT - www.arert.eu) interconnecting the national files of provisions of last will in a way, at European level. This network makes it possible to find and locate as soon as possible the last testament carried out by a European citizen; also the interconnection of European estate certificate registers. The website also provides information on how to register and search for wills in European Union countries.
  • Strengthen the European Notarial Network (ENN - www.enn-rne.eu) to answer the practical questions of notaries who have transnational files.
  • Facilitate cross-border cooperation in Europe by setting up a collaborative working platform in a secure environment between two notaries from two different countries working together on the same cross-border issue: Development of the Eufides solution (www.eufides.eu)
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