International Union of Notaries (UINL)
Ever since the foundation of the National Union of Civil-Law Notaries from Romania (UNNPR) in 1995, there has existed a continuous preoccupation towards international integration and promotion of the Romanian Notariat. UNNPR took the necessary steps for becoming a full member of UINL, an international organisation that brings together Latin-law Notariats from all over the world. Thus, UNNPR has become a full member of UINL as of the 30th of May, 1997, at Santo-Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, according to Resolution no. 42 of the Permanent Council of UINL (named now General Council). Since then, UNNPR has been instrumental in orchestrating and actively participating into various professional manifestations with foreign attendance. UINL includes national notary associations of 81 member states from four continents. UNNPR successfully encouraged and assisted neighbouring countries, such as the Republic of Moldavia and Bulgaria, to join UINL.
UNNPR’s striving for and consistent efforts towards its goals have resulted in the enhancement of the Romanian notaries’ implication in international activities, and have been gratified and recognised within UINL by the election of two representatives of the Romanian Notariat in the General Council (former Permanent Council) and the assignment of the President of UNNPR as member of its Executive Committee (named now Council of Directors), for the 2005 – 2007 UINL legislature.
Presently, a number of ten Romanian notaries are members in several Commissions and Institutions of UINL.
UNNPR has permanently been present at National Congresses of the Notaries’ Associations of France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Bulgaria, Mexico etc. UNNPR has participated in numerous profession events all over the world. UNNPR have close relationships with the Notariats from China and Cuba.
With the view to improving the notaries' services, UNNPR has promoted co-operation relations with notaries’ associations from other countries, such as:
On April 4th, 2002, in Montreal, Canada, it took place the official launching of the co-operation program between UNNPR and the Chamber of Notaries of Quebec. The program included exchanges of professional experience in respect of the ways the chambers of notaries and the notaries’ offices were operating, training courses for Romanian notaries in Quebec, organisation of round tables and seminars in Romania and Canada, as well as sharing of speciality surveys and publications. The program ended in 2005.
Aiming to the promotion and development of the Latin notary institution, the International Institute for Higher Notarial Studies, with its headquarters in Switzerland, has organised, starting with 2000, study visits for the benefit of Romanian notaries. A number of about 80 Romanian notaries have had the opportunity of studying the mortgage system of Switzerland, legal regulations of companies and trade register etc. Those study visits have proved, once again, that the notary's profession is adaptable to the general progress of the society, and that the Romanian notaries exercise their profession in full compliance with the international practice standards.
In 2000, the German Foundation for International Legal Co-operation together with the Federal Chamber of Notaries from Germany have established a training courses program for notaries from Central and Eastern Europe. Since 2000, UNNPR has participated in the annual training program with almost 30 notaries and candidate notaries who had the opportunity to experiment the functioning of the notaries German system, and to present their own expertise from home. Moreover, also for improving notaries practice, in 2001, by the participation of the management of UNNPR to a study visit in Germany, an interesting exchange of ideas took place in respect of the methods of organising access to profession in both countries, implementing electronic devices and communication in notaries services, the possibility and efficacy of establishing by own resources specialised institutions aiming to study the ways and methods in order to improve the legal services provided to citizens, as well as a general legal and scientific approach. Such actions have also aimed to identifying the means of harmonising the specific procedures of the Romanian notary institution, taking into account the vast expertise of German notaries. The program is still operating.
The strong and long-lasting relationship between UNNPR and the Superior Council of Notaries from France (CSN) has been constantly consolidated by the mutual support and friendship shared by the two Notariats, by frequent exchanges on professional expertise and experience, and mutual participation in important events that have been organised in the two countries.
An important aspect of UNNPR – CSN collaboration is related to the mutually beneficial co-operation in respect of IT implementation in the Romanian notaries practice, such as electronic documents and signature, interconnection of data registers, etc.
In 2007, it was signed a Co-operation Agreement between UNNPR and CSN, a partnership regarding the strong collaboration in several domains, such as: professional training, scientific exchanges, promotion of profession and authentic deed, a public instrument. This Agreement is still operational.
Within the framework of the Agreement, there have been developed and carried out mutual projects on: electronic data communication and interconnection, annual seminars organised consecutively in Romania and France, study visits and exchanges, training of Romanian notaries and candidate notaries at the annual University of the French Notariat of Poitiers, high-level bilateral meetings that take place yearly, with a view to mutually updating information of interest to profession in general, and to both Notariats, in particular.
Under the umbrella of the Co-operation Agreement between UNNPR and CSN, separate twinning agreements have been concluded between regional notaries’ associations from Romania and France, i.e.:
- Chamber of Civil-Law Notaries Bucharest – Regional Council of Notaries of Poitiers;
- Chamber of Civil-Law Notaries Brasov – Regional Council of Notaries of Nord Pas de Calais;
- Chamber of Civil-Law Notaries Iasi – Interdepartmental Chamber of Notaries of Gers, Lot, and Lot-et-Garonne;
- Chamber of Civil-Law Notaries Ploiesti – Chamber of Notaries of Aveyron and Regional Council of Notaries of Montpellier;
- Chamber of Civil-Law Notaries Timisoara – Interdepartmental Chamber of Notaries of Savoy.
Association of French and Romanian Legal Professionals (AFRJ)
This association has as its goal to support, enhance, and benefit from the community in spirit that is animating French and Romanian legal professionals from all domains.
UNNPR has been a member of AFRJ since 2009. In this period, it participated in several professional events, such as conferences and seminars, on different subjects.
Association of French-Speaking Notaries (ANF)
Starting with 2002, UNNPR has been a member of ANF, an association that brings together French-speaking notaries from all over the world. UNNPR is periodically contributing with latest information to ANF’s publications.
Further to a continuous relationship based on friendship and professional exchanges, in 2010, UNNPR and the National Chamber of Hungarian Notaries have signed a Co-operation Agreement. The Agreement is a framework for the bilateral co-operation, meant to ensure the quality of notarial services, to promote the authentic deed and the profession, in general. It includes, among other actions, professional training and exchanges, scientific collaboration, promoting of electronic databases communication and interconnection, organising seminars and study visits. The Agreement, also, encourages the development of separate twinning agreements between regional Chambers of Notaries from the two countries.
Council of Notariats of the European Union (CNUE)
CNUE is the official body representing the notarial profession in dealings with the European institutions. Speaking for the profession, it negotiates and makes decisions for the European Union's notariats. CNUE represents the notariats of all EU Member States familiar with this institution (21 notariats): Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. Croatia has observing member status.
Since the admission of Romania in the European Union, on the 1st of January, 2007, UNNPR has become a full member of CNUE. Before that date, UNNPR had observing member status, for five years.
Also since 2007, UNNPR has been operating its own representation bureau at Brussels, with the scope of keeping permanent and close relations with CNUE and the European institutions.
UNNPR has been supportive and instrumental in adopting positions and decisions within CNUE, at the highest levels, and has been constantly contributing to the activities of CNUE’s Working-Groups with ten representatives of the Romanian Notariat.
European Council of Liberal Professions (CEPLIS)
UNNPR is a founding member of CEPLIS. Contacts have been established with CEPLIS, with the purpose of developing a co-operation program aiming to institutional development. Presently, UNNPR is having professional relations with CEPLIS and participates into events organised in Romania and abroad.
The European Commission has recently presented its new website, which is now online at http://ec.europa.eu/justice. Available in 23 EU languages, the new website allows users to easily surf through several themes covering all the policy and activity areas related to Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship in the EU. The 11 thematic sections has a common menu, which includes key dates, legislation, programmes and events, in addition to its own navigation menu.
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(up-dated: October, 17.10. 2011)