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New handbook on the Ukrainian crisis - Practical issues for the notaries of Europe

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The Handbook Ukraine Crisis – Practical Issues for the Notaries of Europe was prepared by the Council of the Notariats of the European Union (CNUE) in consultation with the Ukrainian Chamber of Notaries and with the support of the European Commission.

Conceived as a reference tool, the Handbook provides a brief introduction to Ukrainian family, inheritance and real estate law, describes the situation of vulnerable persons, and establishes the basics of company law. Temporary legislative provisions affecting the areas of competence of notaries, information on existing registers and a table with the instruments of Ukrainian law and their condition of validity were also provided.

The main purpose of this Handbook is to get acquainted with the main features of Ukrainian national legislation in the above-mentioned areas and their impact on notarial activity. It is designed to assist EU legal professionals in performing their functions and to assist in the resolution of issues arising during the provision of legal services to displaced persons in the countries of their temporary stay.

The handbook will soon be available in 19 languages.
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“Couples in Europe” website gets a makeover

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In 2022, as part of the European Notarial Network's work programme, the “Couples in Europe” website underwent a graphic redesign. The site provides the general public with information sheets on the law of 22 European Union Member States and, for the first time, Ukraine.

What are the consequences of a divorce or separation with regard to the matrimonial regime? Which law applies to a couple's property? What does the law provide for the property of registered or unregistered partners? What are the consequences of death with regard to the matrimonial property regime? The website www.coupleseurope.eu provides answers to all these questions. Available in 19 languages, the content is regularly updated to reflect European and national legislative developments.
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Meeting of the European Notarial Network in Prague, 15-16 September 2022

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The European Notarial Network met in Prague on 15 and 16 September 2022. On the agenda: a meeting of the ENN's national interlocutors and a seminar dedicated to the fight against money laundering. The seminar provided an opportunity to discuss the practical experience of notaries in different EU countries, such as Austria, Spain and the Czech Republic.

The Ukrainian crisis was again, quite logically, at the centre of the work of the ENN interlocutors' meeting. The latter exchanged views on the recent projects they have undertaken:

  • The creation of a multilingual online form to facilitate the travel abroad of children leaving Ukraine.
  • The drafting of a new legal handbook for notaries on the frequent questions they may have in the settlement of a case with elements related to Ukrainian law.
  • The provision of information on Ukrainian law on the Couples in Europe and Vulnerable in Europe websites. As regards the Couples in Europe website, a redesign is being finalised. The draft of the new website was presented at the meeting.
Finally, the new work programme of the ENN for the year 2023 was presented. This year will be a special one as celebrations for the 15th anniversary of the Network will be organised.
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