European Commission Opens Consultation on Review of .EU Rules

May 16, 2017
Author: David Goldstein, www.domainpulse.com

The European Commission is opening a consultation on the .eu rules to see if the existing regulations on .eu are still fit for purpose, or if they need to be changed or updated.

The .eu top-level domain represents the “online digital brand” of the European Union. It was originally created in 2002 and 2004, the registration started on 7 April 2006. At the end of March 2017, the .eu top-level domain was the 7th largest country code top level domain in the world with over 3.7 million registrations. The .eu ccTLD provides a unique European domain for organisations and individuals resident in EU Member States as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Since the entry into force of the .eu regulations, many things have changed in the market of domain names, which is now much more dynamic and competitive, but also within the European Union itself. Therefore, the existing rules on .eu need to be evaluated to assess whether they are still fit-for-purpose.

The public consultation is open from 12 May until 8 August 2017. Business representatives, those working in the public sector, academia and all those with an interest are invited to provide input and help determine the future of .eu domain name.

There is a questionnaire for the public consultation and more information at:
https://ec.europa.eu/info/content/public-consultation-evaluation-and-revision-eu-top-level-domain-regulations_en

Only responses received through the online questionnaire will be considered for analysis.

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