Lovro Tomašić and Richard Bock, German Federal Chamber of Notaries; Srbislav Cvejić and Sava Dedajić, Serbian Chamber of Notaries; Miroslav Đorđević, IRZ (from left to right)
Lovro Tomašić and Richard Bock, German Federal Chamber of Notaries; Srbislav Cvejić and Sava Dedajić, Serbian Chamber of Notaries; Miroslav Đorđević, IRZ (from left to right)
Serbia

In May 2019, the IRZ, together with the Serbian Chamber of Notaries and the German Federal Chamber of Notaries (Bundesnotarkammer or BNotK), organised a conference on the professional responsibilities of notaries. The event met with such a great level of interest that the same topics were discussed on both the 27 and 28 May.

The event was opened on each occasion by the President of the Serbian Chamber of Notaries, Srbislav Cvejić, the former Vice-President of the BNotK, the former notary Justizrat Richard Bock, and the local representative of the IRZ, Miroslav Đorđević.

Notaries Sava Dedajić from Stara Pazova and Aleksandar Mrkaljević from Smederevo outlined the professional aspects from the Serbian point of view. The situation in Germany was presented by notaries Richard Bock and Dr. Lovro Tomašić. The latter gave his speech in Serbian.

The German speakers explained the professional duties of notaries using specific cases as examples. They emphasised the fact that, under German law, notaries not only have to point out any risks, they also have to actively suggest ways offering the best possible protection for each party. They also presented the high requirements of German case law for the professional activity of notaries.

As had been the case the previous year, the subject of the conference, which was decided by all three partners, met with a great deal of interest. A total of 175 notaries and notarial staff took part in the event. The conference was part of the IRZ’s efforts to support Serbia as part of the EU’s strategy for the Western Balkans and strengthens the role of notaries' offices in the administration of justice.