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Research by Country/Region January 16, 2018  
New EU Top-Level Domain for the Internet

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EU Angle – Introduction of the New .eu Top Level Domain in Ten Bullets
  • The European Union has recently approved the public policy rules that will govern registration of names in the .eu domain. The route is now open for the European Commission to sign a contract with the Registry that will manage the .eu name database.
  • US companies with a presence in the EU might consider registering a name in the .eu domain to reinforce their pan-European marketing presence.
  • .eu will complement, not replace, existing national TLDs like .be and .fr. It should not be confused with the, which is a sub-domain of .com.
  • Any EU resident or undertaking with its “registered office, central administration or principal place of business within the Community” will be able to register in the .eu TLD. The “Community” covers all 25 EU Member States.
  • The European Commission has selected the European Registry for Internet Domains - EURid ( to administer the .eu registry. EURid will accredit registrars who will be responsible for handling applications and forwarding them to the Registry.
  • The registration process is unlikely to begin before Spring 2005. Once a formal contract has been signed between the European Commission and EURid, the Registry will need to complete its preparatory work, including the accreditation of Registrars. No pre-registrations will be possible so only applications received by a Registrar after its accreditation date can be forwarded to EURid.
  • The registration process will begin with a “phased registration” period during which prior rightsholders (eg trademark holders) will have a four month window of opportunity to register names before the registration process is opened to all.
  • Companies will need to channel their application via one of the accredited Registrars, which EURid will list on its website (see links below). The Registry will not accept applications directly.
  • Names will be assigned on a first come, first served basis – a Registrar who receives more than one request for the same address shall forward the requests to the Registry in the chronological order in which they were received.
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