The Network of European Registers of Wills presented to the Council of the EU

The Council of the EU has paved the way for advancing the digitalisation of cross-border access to justice. The adoption of a regulation on the matter and its e-Justice Strategy for the years 2024 to 2028 give guidance to member states to speeding up the use of digital service in the justice area.

Therefore, it was a unique opportunity for the ENRWA to present the European Network of Register of last Wills (ENRW) during the debate of the e-Justice working group on March 27, 2024. We provided concrete information and solution based on our nearly 20 years of experience in the field of cross-border succession.

The ERNW platform is an asset for EU e-Justice strategy. It is fast, secured, accessible in 9 languages and it complies with privacy and data protection legislation. It relies on the principle of interoperability: technically it does not require costly equipment and it avoid replacing existing IT systems in the member states. Therefore, it is cost and time savings as it reduces the delays to obtain information on cross-border succession cases.

We hope to expand our network to more registers of last wills and European Certificates of succession in the coming years and we are grateful that the Council of the EU and the European Commission support our mission.