Helping notaries faced with cross-border questions

The European Notarial Network (ENN) is a tool for notaries facing practical questions with a cross-border element. It covers the 22 EU Member States that have civil law notaries. A contact point is available to help notaries in each of these 22 countries.

Are you dealing with a cross-border matter? A succession, a company’s incorporation or a marriage contract with a cross-border element in the EU? Do you need information on the application and transposition of EU legislation in your country? Your ENN interlocutor is here to support you.

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ENN Infrastructure

The ENN’s new IT infrastructure is now operational.

As a "one-stop platform", the ENN IT Infrastructure will enable notaries in Europe to:

  1. Open an account with secure access (username and password) to the databases and working documents provided by the ENN
  2. Develop tools for notarial cross-border practice and for citizens, for example by creating bilingual forms for use in notarial practice
  3. Have access to reliable updated and/or new legal information and to various tools for notarial practice, as well as some tools intended for the public
  4. Join specialised networks offering:
    1. An interface with its own thematic forums (discussion groups)
    2. Online communication among members.
News & Opinions

ENN meeting and seminar, Vilnius, 17-18 May 2018 - 18.05.2018

The European Notarial Network held its first annual meeting in Vilnius on 17-18 May. The national interlocutors took note of the renewal for four years of the partnership with the European Commission and the priorities for the coming months: consolidation of the network and improvement of the resources available on the online platform. The Authentic Acts in Europe website, co-financed by the Commission and originating from the ENN, was officially launched on this occasion. The meeting was followed by a cross-border seminar on the practical aspects of the transposition into national law of European requirements relating to the fight against money laundering, the prevention of terrorist financing and the protection of personal data. There were contributions from practitioners from Lithuania, Estonia and Poland. The next ENN meeting will be held in Vienna on 22-23 November 2018.

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GoInEU Project – Facilitating the settlement of cross-border successions - 13.03.2018

Under the coordination of the University of Florence and in partnership with the Universities of Budapest, Coimbra and Valencia, the CNRS, the Italian Association of Family Lawyers and the Italian Foundation of Notaries, the GoInEU project (“Governing Inheritance Statutes after the Entry into Force of EU Succession Regulation”) has just started.

The aim of this project, co-funded by the European Commission, is to contribute to the correct and coherent application of the Succession Regulation through analytical and capacity building activities targeting legal practitioners.

More specifically, through a series of three seminars and a final conference, the programme aims to: 1. analyse the impact of the Succession Regulation in its first years of application with regard to: (i) migrant families; (ii) family models with different degrees of recognition in Member States; (iii) relationships with the new Family Regulations; (iv) successions interested by alien contractual schemes; (v) status filiations constituted abroad; (vi) inheritance of digital goods; 2. capacitate legal practitioners to correctly apply the Regulation in their daily practice and in cross-border situations.

The first seminar will take place at the College of Notaries of Valencia on 23 March 2018. Registration and programme information is available on the project website:

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ENN meeting in The Hague, 27 October 2017 - 06.11.2017

At the invitation of the Koninklijke Notariële Beroepsorganisatie, the interlocutors of the European Notarial Network (ENN) met in The Hague for their second annual meeting. The President of the Dutch notariat, Mr Nick van Buitenen, greeted the participants and welcomed the fact that the meeting was being held in the context of the European Day of Justice.

The development of new tools for European notaries was on the agenda: factsheets on the European regulation on the circulation of public documents, a checklist of documents to be produced when purchasing real estate and the implementation of a videoconferencing system on the ENN’s online platform. This system will allow a notary connected to the platform to talk to another notary using the system via interposed cameras.

In addition, the ENN is also working on updating the information available on the Couples in Europe website ( and on the creation of a new website on the probative value of authentic instruments used in cross-border proceedings within the EU. This new website should be accessible to the general public in early 2018.

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