EURid has won the tender bid to operate the .eu domain for a further 5 years until 2027.
The official announcement was made by the Belgium based company on Monday, though they’d informally announced that they had the winning bid at the Web Awards last Friday night.
“We feel honoured to have been chosen to continue to serve the .eu stakeholders,” stated “EURid is an award-winning registry due in large part to the expertise of EURid’s staff, the great relations with our accredited registrar community and the international partnerships we built year after year. We have built a trustworthy brand and proven that even those working in cyberspace can do so in a sustainable manner. We will continue working at the highest standard and look forward to ensuring the .eu value for all Europeans.”Marc Van Wesemael, CEO of EURid.
The contract to run the .eu domain name registry is awarded by the European Commission and is open for tender every few years, as the contract is awarded in 5 year slots. The bidding process this time has been going on since 2020, though the actual tender process had to be restarted due to issues with the EC.
It’s quite a quirky contract, as it has to be run by a non-for-profit entity and whoever wins the contract has to operate under contract to the European Commission. Requirements in there include supporting ALL the EU languages and a bunch of other things that a commercial entity would struggle with. You can read more about the call for tender that was issued earlier this year here.