International Congress Palermo 2018

10. November 2018



November 10, 2018 was held in Palermo the First International Congress with the theme:




This event, organized by Unic@ - (The National Association of Notary Employees in Italy) - took place in the magnificent Ducrot Hall of the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa in Palermo (Sicily).


Associations of notary employees from Belgium, France, Greece, Italy and Spain attended this international congress.

The Netherlands were excused due to an event taking place at the same time in their own country, also on the topic of training and instruction.


This Congress was made possible thanks to the participation of the associations UIPAN and CPNUE among others. 

CPNUE was represented by his president, mr. Ludwig Rasschaert and

UIPAN was represented by his chairman: mr. Juan Carlos Martinez.


The moderator of the day was the Vice President of Unic@, also Vice President of UIPAN: ms. Dina Nicosia. 


At the beginning of the congress, the mayor and alderman of training and education of the city of Palermo were represented by Prof. dr. Roberto Lagalla, by means of video message.


Followed by presentations of

  1. Notary Francesco Li Mandri, for the notarial council of the districts of Palermo and Termini Imerese;
  2. President of UIPAN (The International (World) Association of Notary Employees,  which focuses mainly on global and international training), namely: Mr. Juan Carlos MARTINEZ;
  3. President of CPNUE (the European professional association of notary employees), namely: Mr. Ludwig RASSCHAERT; who gave a detailed presentation and lecture - with a power-point presentation - on the digital future for all sectors, with all the advantages and especially the dangers associated with it, for both society and employment. He also pointed out the dangers for the Latin Notary, not only because of the digitalization, but also because of the constant pressure of the European Commission which continues to want free competition for all sectors.
  4. President of FEAPEN: the Spanish Professional Association of Notary Employees, namely Mr. José Gomez la Rosa;
  5. President of the Belgian Professional Union of notary Employees, namely mr. Vincent VRANCK, who gave a presentation on the different kinds of training in the Belgian Notary – for notaries and employees.
  6. President of the French Syndicat of notary employees: mr. Serge FOREST;
  7. President of the Greek Professional Association of notary employees, for Northern Greece : namely ms. Annie MELLOU.
  8. The national administrator of FILCAMS, (the overall Italian syndicate for the service sector and the sector for the liberal and intellectual professions), namely: Mr. Danilo Lelli.

The last two talked mainly about the dangers of social digitalization and the steps that should be taken.

Next: Dr. Maurizia Bertoncino, former co-founder and president of Unic@,
now notary in Turin; Prof. Enrico Maccarone, notary in Palermo, and Dr. Antonina Ferraro, notary in Canicattì made a presentation.

After the break, work resumed and the participants had the privilege of hearing the lecture of Dr. Claudio Rorato's.

It was a brilliant and interesting report on artificial intelligence at work and its use in practice.

Dr. Rorato, (Director at the Observatory of Professional and Digital Innovation at the Polytechnic University of Milan), pointed out the need to discuss this topic, which is as current and universal
than the so-called artificial intelligence.

He emphasized the differences in the various areas of work and the various professional activities,
both national and international, insisting on the need in our century to introduce innovations everywhere at work, while at the same time protecting directly and indirectly all the human capacities to which they are attached.

The congress in Palermo was also an excellent opportunity to get in touch with Filcams-Cgil, a very active trade union in the liberal and intellectual professions sector, represented by its national administrator, Mr. Danilo Lelli.


Below you will find the different interventions


  1. Intervention Unic@ (Italia - Gabriele Rossetti)
  2. Intervention Uipan (Prof. Juan Carlos Martinez)
  3. Intervention CPNUE (Mr. Ludwig Rasschaert) (EN-NL-FR)
  4. Intervention CPNUE (Mr. Ludwig Rasschaert) (IT-SP)
  5. Intervention FGCEN (Mr. Serge Forest)
  6. Interventie La Basoche Belge (Mr. Vincent Vranck)
  7. Intervention FEAPEN (Mr. José Gomez la Rosa)
  8. Intervention Griekenland-Noord: (M. Anna Mellou)








Other role for notary by blockchain




The application of blockchain will not replace the notarial profession, but will change the role of the notary.

The notarial profession will always have to keep thinking about the legal applicability of blockchain.

That’s the conclusion of the fourth Futurology Forum, an initiative of the Council of Notaries in the European Union (CNUE).

The participants in the forum talked extensively about blockchain in Valencia on January 11. 2018

They concluded that new techniques such as blockchain should not be avoided, but that first the weak points must be improved before blockchain can replace all existing registration systems.

What is Blockchain?

This is described as:

- A technique for encrypting and securing data;

- It is actually a digitally encrypted register, on which transactions are registered, and where online transactions could take place more safely and efficiently.

The digitally encrypted register would be maintained on a network of computers (also called "Distributed ledger technology").

Every transaction would be verified by multiple users, which would make fraud particularly difficult, so the same transaction could not happen several times.

This new technique:

- could allow transactions between parties, in a decentralized network, could take place very quickly.
- would lend itself to many types of transaction: such as for all kinds of contracts and securities.

Not just the banks are currently investigating the use of a blockchain for cheaper and faster international payments; but also outside the financial world, new applications are being investigated – also the European Notarial Department, is discussing the use of this new technology.