The European Union is now accepting requests to determine the next registration for the .eu top-level domain (TLD), and the winner will start monitoring the 3.6 million domain names from October 2022.
As reported by The registryThe European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communication Networks, Content and Technologies (EC) announced the feedback in early October. At the same time, the Commission’s Director for Future Networks, Pearse O’Donohue, has personally contacted the registry operators to encourage them to apply to take control of the TLD in Europe.
With 3.6 million registrations, the .eu TLD is one of the largest TLDs with a country code and is also used by institutions, agencies and bodies of the European Union. The TLD is intended to create a clearly identifiable connection to the European Union and the European Single Market and enable EU citizens to register a domain name under the .eu TLD regardless of where they live.
Application to take over the .eu TLD
In order to prevent corruption, the EC demands that all applicants who take over the TLD .eu have their headquarters in Europe and are non-profit companies. This move prevents U.S. registries, including Afilias and Neustar, from filing an application.
While the EC requires all applicants to be non-profit organizations, commercial businesses, including non-profit companies, can continue to apply by forming a consortium of companies or a group of contractors as long as that new organization is not a non-profit benefiting.
In addition, a key component of the .eu Treaty will be multilingualism in order to better represent the EU countries. However, this will result in English language registers such as Nominet, Centralnic and Minds + Machines based in the UK being banned.
Interested registries have until December 30th this year to apply for the takeover of the .eu TLD. More information can be found here.
Via the register