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Conference on

Cross-border successions in the EU

New Regulation (EU) No 650/2012

Brussels, 19 November 2015

Regulation (EU) No 650/2012 on international successions became applicable on 17 August 2015. This new legislation will significantly simplify successions in the European Union and will also affect the daily work of practitioners. Now, a single law will apply to a succession: that of the habitual residence of the deceased. However, citizens may choose in advance the law of their nationality to settle the succession. Finally, a new instrument has been created: the European Certificate of Succession (ECS), which will enable heirs to prove their status in other Member States.

Three months after Regulation (EU) No 650/2012 became applicable, the European Commission and the Council of the Notariats of the European Union are organising a joint conference so that legal professionals involved in applying the regulation can exchange views on practical subjects and share a first overview of their experience.

Who should participate?

Notaries, judges, lawyers, representatives of the governments of the Member States, academics.

Some topics for discussion

  • Citizens’ autonomy: choice of applicable law and its consequences for jurisdiction
  • Public policy and the recognition of judgments and the ECS
  • The Succession Regulation and third countries
  • The European Certificate of Succession and access to registers



Albert Borschette Conference Centre (CCAB)
Rue Froissart 36
1040 Brussels

Public transport:
Metro station “Schuman”
(lines 1 and 5)

Train station “Bruxelles-Schuman” or “Bruxelles-Luxembourg”

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