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ENN seminar and meeting - Brussels, 25-26 April 2024

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On 25 April, particularly fruitful exchanges took place at the international seminar organised by the CNUE and the Conseil International du Notariat Belge. The theme of the event was "The cross-border protection of vulnerable adults", and was part of the European Notarial Network's annual programme of activities, supported by the European Commission.

In his introduction, Anthony Leleu, President of the Belgian National Chamber, outlined the social and legal issues raised by this topic. Belgian notary Lisbeth Michielsens then gave a comprehensive overview of the tools available to notaries to help them process their cross-border cases: the European Directory of Notaries, information websites, the e-Justice Portal and, of course, the ENN platform (www.enn-rne.eu) etc.

Lenka Vysoka, Policy Officer at the European Commission, spoke about the legislative package published by the European Commission in May 2023. It includes a proposal for a Council Decision requiring all Member States to be party to the Hague Convention of 13 January 2000 on the Protection of Adults and a proposal for a Regulation aimed at facilitating both the determination of the competent courts in the Member States and of the applicable law, as well as the recognition and enforcement of protection measures taken in another Member State.

Her speech was followed by a panel discussion, the aim of which was to provide an overview of the national situations regarding judicial and extra-judicial protection measures in Belgium, France and the Netherlands. These exchanges were a prelude to work carried out in small groups of participants, which enabled a better understanding of the national frameworks of the various Member States.

The following day, the ENN's national interlocutors held their first annual meeting. On the agenda were the establishment of a framework for cooperation with the European Judicial Network, access for Serbian notaries to the ENN's online platform, and in-depth discussions on the tools and functionalities made available on the platform.
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The ENN takes part in an enlightening info and networking event for DG JUST project beneficiaries

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In a dynamic convergence of legal minds, representatives of the European Notarial Network (ENN) had the chance to convene with esteemed organizations from the legal sector and distinguished colleagues from the European Commission's DG Justice.

Besides assisting to the useful and straightforward presentations on the novelties concerning the funding rules of the DG JUST co-funded projects, the event was a great opportunity to network and exchange views, not only with other project beneficiaries, but also with DG JUST project and policy officers.

Several topics were discussed during these interesting conversations and, among others, the ENN project officer had the chance to inform the project officer on the efforts of the network on:
  • the update of the formal legal requirements database, a key tool providing valuable information to practitioners on the national legislations of 22 EU countries,
  • the ongoing reflections on the ENN platform technical infrastructure,
  • the willingness to involve the network's observer member countries more closely in order to foster their European integration.
The discussions with the civil justice policy officers focused on the key role of the European notaries in the application of the Succession regulation and, therefore, in its review process that will be undertaken by the Commission in the near future. Also, the ongoing work of the ENN on the update of the Handbook on the Succession regulation was welcomed with enthusiasm.

The two-days event was also the occasion for CNUE training program partners such as the Austrian, the Czech, the German Notariat as well as the UINL to gain useful knowledge on the technicalities of the DG JUST co-funded programmes.
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Enhancing EU-wide Protection: ENN Seminar in Brussels (face-to-face only!) on protecting Vulnerable Adults

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The European Notarial Network (ENN) is glad to announce an upcoming seminar dedicated to the Protection of Vulnerable Adults, scheduled for April 25, 2024, in Brussels. Hosted at the Belgian Notariat premises, this event will gather notaries and legal experts from numerous EU countries to explore critical facets of safeguarding vulnerable adults across borders. The seminar will feature insightful sessions, including a special introduction to the European Commission's Legislative Proposal. Attendees can look forward to a stimulating panel debate with prominent notaries and legal experts from Belgium, France, and the Netherlands, promising rich discussions and a dedicated Q&A session. Moreover, participants will engage in group discussions to exchange experiences and insights, culminating in valuable conclusions.

The event is free of charge and registrations are open via email at cinb-irbn@fednot.be

The tentative program can be found here.
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