On 13 and 14 November 2018, the first joint event between the IRZ and the Serbian Chamber of Notaries was held on “Property transfer and procedures for entry in the property register” with the participation of the German Federal Chamber of Notaries (Bundesnotarkammer or BNotK).
The event was opened by the President of the Serbian Chamber of Notaries, Srbislav Cvejić, and the Vice-President of the BNotK, judicial advisor Richard Bock, both of whom emphasised the long cooperation between their two chambers.
They also made it clear that an exchange of experiences between Serbia and Germany is particularly fruitful in this area, since notaries’ offices in both countries share a lot of similarities.
The German Embassy’s advisor on political issues, Matthias Schikorski, gave a welcome speech and emphasised the various German measures to support notaries' offices in the administration of justice in South-East Europe.
Dr. Lovro Tomašić, a notary from Melrichstadt, introduced the professional part of the event, speaking in the local language on the subject “Dealing with homes under construction and land register entries in Germany”.
This was followed by an overview of controversial issues concerning the application of the “Law on the procedure for entry in the property and water register”, given by Sava Dedajić, a notary in Stara Pazova.
Afterwards, Prof. Dr. Enes Bikić from the Faculty of Law in Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) provided a comparative analysis of the current Serbian regulations. He also presented the various types of registers in different legal systems and pointed out that the German “Grundbuchsystem” (land register system) fits in best with the legal tradition of West Balkan countries.
This trilateral approach provided the right prerequisites for an exchange of experiences, the discussion of problems and the development of suggestions for solutions with regard to the “law on procedures for entry in the property and water register”. This law gives notaries the right to carry out the registration procedure, but it does present some problems. That’s why changes are planned, for which the results of this event should also be taken into account. The significance of the subject and the interest of more than 150 participants are also reflected in the fact that the exchange continued well beyond the time originally scheduled in the programme.