Six partners, four countries, led by the Italian association Confprofessioni, working to increase the legal competency and then ensure the effectiveness of AML/CFT policy.

Confprofessioni (Italian Confederation of Liberal Professions, Italy) is the main association representing liberal professions in Italy. It was established in 1966 with the idea of bringing together in a single representative body the professionals practising regulated professions. It is a second level employers’ association that represents and protects the interests of liberal professionals in Italy and has been a recognised social partner since 1978. Its members are twenty national professional associations, among which there are also legal professions such as lawyers and notaries.

The Association for Women Lawyers (WLA) is a non-profit association acting in public interest, incorporated on July 6th 2014 and registered at the Bulgarian Central Registry of the Ministry of Justice. Its goals are: to support the grow of women lawyers in professional, ethical and material terms, so to improve their quality of life; to assist the legal guild to maintain and enhance their qualification, specialization, talents, so to achieve effective and successful professional and personal realization; to develop programs and strategies for achieving high education and professionalism, to contribute in raising the authority and prestige of women lawyers in national and international aspects; to promote the role and place of non- governmental organizations in public life. WLA organizes events on important and essential topics.

The European Council of the Liberal Professions (CEPLIS) is the only European organization bringing together both the bodies federating the liberal professions at the level of the Member States and those representing specific professions at the level of the European Union. CEPLIS is an inter-professional body aiming to make the collective voice of the liberal professions heard by the EU institutions.

Federnotai is the national trade union of Italian notaries. Established in 1978, it represents and supports the role of notary as an advisor alongside the citizen, to guarantee his or her rights. The association is engaged on many fronts: fighting money laundering, informatization of real estate and company transactions and deeds. More generally, its commitment is to promote and disseminate a culture of legality, deeply linked to the role of notaries. It organises communication activities, publications, study meetings, conferences and congresses to promote legal certainty and respect for the rules also in non- traditional sectors and areas. Federnotai is constantly promoting the notarial civil service as a practical application of the principles of the Constitution and exercising preventive jurisdiction to protect citizens and businesses.

The International Union of Notaries (UINL) is an international, non-governmental organisation established in 1948 and composed by 89 Member Notariats working together in several fields, including the implementation of tax regulations and the fight against money laundering. UINL aims to ensure the highest standard for notarial authentic instruments and therefore the proper fulfilment of their function by notaries. UINL collaborates with UN agencies (FAO, UN-Habitat, UNICEF, UN-OHCHR, UNCITRAL…), European Union institutions, World Bank, OECD, GAFI/GAFILAT, HCCH. UINL supports Ministries of Justice in the creation or amendment of Laws, assists them whenever appropriate in the drafting and implementation, through training.

The General Council of Notaries is a Corporation under public law, with its own legal personality and full capacity. In the exercise of the public functions attributed with respect to the provision of the notarial public service, it is hierarchically subordinated to the Minister of Justice and to the General Directorate of the Registries and Notaries. The CGN brings together the more than 2.800 Spanish notaries, who are organized into 17 Notarial Associations, corporations that represent them and help in the defence of their professional interests while contributing to their continuous training and controlling compliance with the social action that they correspond. The deans of these associations make up the General Council of Notaries (CGN), which represents the group at the national level.

Consejo General de la Abogacia Española (General Council of Spanish Lawyers, Spain) is a public law body acting as the representative, coordinator and executive body of the 83 local Bar Associations in Spain, representing 154.573 practicing and 102.071 non-practicing lawyers. Its main objectives are organisation of the profession, the regulation of the practice of the profession of lawyer, the enforcement of the professional and ethical rules and the management of legal aid. Its Foundation is in charge of human rights and international cooperation issues.