European Commission launches consultation to review rules governing .eu top-level domain

On 12 May 2017, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the review of the rules governing the .eu top-level domain. The consultation closes on 8 August 2017.

The .eu top-level domain represents the "online digital brand" of the European Union and provides a unique European domain for organisations and individuals resident in EU Member States as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. In March 2017, the .eu top-level domain was the seventh largest "country code" in the world, with over 3.7 million registrations.

The .eu top-level domain was set up to help EU businesses, public authorities, education establishments and individuals acquire higher visibility and a European identity in the virtual environment of the Internet. The .eu domain provides a clearly identified link with the EU, the associated legal framework and the single European marketplace.  As such, the .eu top-level domain is a key building block for e-commerce in Europe and for strengthening the Digital Single Market, as well as contributing to an online identity which is truly European.

Since the .eu regulations entered into force, several changes have taken place, both in the domain name market, which is now much more dynamic and competitive, and in the EU itself. It is therefore fitting to re-evaluate existing rules relating to the .eu domain, in particular in terms of whether they are still appropriate for the specific purposes for which they are intended or whether they should be amended or updated.

Stakeholders can submit contributions by completing the online survey provided for this purpose, available on "public consultation on the revision of the .EU regulation" (Public consultation on the revision of the .EU regulation

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