20th Anniversary of the Croatian notariat

Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Croatian Notariat and Annual Croatian civil-law notaries Conference 14-16 November 2014


Dear international guests,

I would like to express my gratitude for your participation at the celebration of the 20th Annivresary of the Croatian Notariat.We believe the celebration was an opportunity to reminisce of the beginnings of judicialreforms of the Croatian legal system and the founding of a new legal profession in the Republic of Croatia, as well as a chance to meet and exchange experience and facilitate future collaboration between colleagues.

Yours sincerely,

Lucija Popov,

President of the Croatian Notaries Chamber




The celebration began on friday 14 November in the Dverce palace, where president of the Croatian Notaries Chamber, Lucija Popov and a representative of one of the auspices, the City of Zagreb, Mrs Dianora Lulić Kobia gave a speech. The program continued in form of a banquet in the company of  Croatian notaries, representatives of the Austrian, Bosnian, Montenegrian, Czech, French, Italian, Macedonian, Dutch, German, Polish, Sloven, Serb and Turkish notariat, as well as representatives of the CNUE and UINL, followed by a musical act by Ivana Biliško (harp) and Martina Gojčeta Silić (mezzosoprano).

The program on saturday morning began with a presentation of the current situation in the notariat along with plans for the future development. The relevance of the notarial profession was pointed out.

In her addressing, president Popov analysed the path of development so far and possible future deirections of development of the Croatian notariat.

Asking the audiance „where do we go from here?“, she emphasized that the document Plan 2020 offers a solution. Plan 2020 was established at the CNUE General Assembly in Antwerp. It consists of five sections, five commitments, obliging the notairal profession to contribute to social harmony, judicial order, fight against poverty and supporting the susstainable development.

Accepting the role of auspices of the event and being an author of one of the texts in the Monograph, President Ivo Josipović wasn't able to join the event due to obligations as the President of the Republic of Croatia.

President Josipović sent a letter, which was read out loud, in which he congratulates the notaries and speaks affirmatively about the notarial profession.

Through its separation from the attorneys, the notariat gained not only dignity, but also a special responsability as a segment of the justice system.

Civil-law notaries are public office holders, who practice law in accordance with ethic principles guided by the deonthological codex of their profession.

On behalf of the Croatian Parliament, one of the auspices, Mrs Vesna Fabijančić-Križanić, representative in the Croatian Parliament adressed the audiance.

Mr Branko Hrvatin, president of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Croatia followed with a particularly interesting speech, reminiscing of the beginnings of the notarial profession in the Republic of Croatia and its relations with the judicial profession. Experience has shown that the notarial profession unburdened the courts, which were ultimately left with contentious matters, while the non-contentious matters became notarial competences.

Deputy Minister of Justice of the Republic of Croatia, Mrs Sandra Artuković Kunšt referred to the excellent relations between the Ministry and the Chamber in her speech.

Mr Mario Miccoli, an Italian civil-law naotary and vice-president of the UINL for Europe adressed the profession of the civil-law notary, comapring it to the notary public profession typicall for common law systems. It is his opinion that a dialogue between the two professions should be established, enabling a possibility o fan agreement about the topic of public deeds.

Mr Jean Tarrade, president of the Conseil Superieur du Notariat (French Chamber of civil-law notaries) and CNUE vice-president pointed out the mistakes that lead to the 2008 global financial market crisis. The so-called subprime-mortgage loans without firm guarantees flourished for years until the system collapsed, causing a crash of the USA real-estates market. Consequences of this collapse drew the entire economy with it, generating a global crisis, which the global market still hasn't fully recovered from.

The current subprime sector is a lot smaller than it used to be, with a much stronger system of control.

Mr Tarrade especially emhasized the relevance of the Plan 2020, commenting on the five committments.

Mr Jakša Barbić, HAZU vice-president (Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences) made a brief reference to the work of this institution which has been following and examining the work of the Croatian notarial profession. It is his opinion that there is still a lot of space for cooperation between the HAZU and the Croatian Notaries Chamber. Notarial documents and archives are a rich source for sociological and antropological studies of the medival life in Croatia.

At the end of the first part of the program, Mrs Jožica Matko Ruždjak, president of the Croatian Notarial Academy and a civil-law notary in Zagreb was awarded a plaque for her contribution to the notarial profession.

The second part of the progam consisted of a presentation of the Monograph – Croatian Notariat, presented by academician Josip Bratulić, author of the text about the history of notariat, followed by doc. dr. sc. Mirela Krešić, author of the text about the modern notariat (from the 19th century on).

Academician Jakša Barbić spoke of the re-intriduction of the notarial profession in 1993 and the new concept of company law, wich couldn't have functioned without the courts, notaries and auditors.

The editor-in-chief of the Monograph, Mr Ivan Maleković thanked all of the authors, co-workers, the Organising board, the Publilshing board and the Executive board that appointed him editor-in-chief and pointed out the goal of publishing the Monograph: preserving a moment in the evolution of the Croatian notariat, analysis of its path so far and possible directions of its future development, especially in the context of Croatia's membership in the EU.

Eventually, the dinner was a chance to celebrate the anniversary in a more cheerful tone, but also an apportunity to get to know each other a bit better and exchange experiences.