Participants of the Workshops

Participants of the Workshops

A densely packed programme awaited a delegation of Montenegrin notaries during a working visit in Bonn and Cologne in early October 2014 jointly organised by the Rheinische Notarkammer, the Chamber of Notaries of Montenegro and the IRZ. This event was an activity within the long-standing partnership between the notaries of the Regional Court District of Bonn and the notaries in Montenegro which both have approximately the same number of notaries and comparable population sizes

This partnership was initiated at the own initiative of the notaries' associations involved. Its main focus is on the support of the notary system established in Montenegro three years ago through an exchange of experience between practitioners. The varied programme of the visiting notaries, headed by the Deputy President of the Montenegrin Chamber of Notaries, Darko Curic, and accompanied by the Head of the Notary Division of the Montenegrin Ministry of Justice, Jadranka Vuckovic, included a visit to the Regional Court of Bonn. The delegation was welcomed by the President of the Regional Court, Gräfin Margarete von Schwerin, followed by a visit to the Commercial Register and the Land Register. The Judge at the Regional Court, Walter Cuno, gave a presentation about the "Conversion of the Commercial Register and the Land Register" into e-registers. Thereupon the delegation visited the IRZ where it was welcomed by IRZ Director Dirk Mirow. At this meeting, the group learnt about the experience and role of the IRZ during the transformation of law in Southeast Europe in general and in the field of the notary system in particular.

The Montenegrin delegation also visited a notary's office where it obtained detailed information about office organisation and different procedures, with electronic communication being in the focus of interest here as well. At the premises of the Rheinische Notarkammer the delegation then discussed the function, organisation and work procedures of a chamber of notaries. The programme was rounded off by a presentation about the topic "Drafting and Processing of Property Development Contracts" given by the Bonn-based notary Dr Hanns-Jakob Pützer who is also the initiator of the partnership.