EURid operates the .eu registry under contract to the European Commission. It’s a contract that they need to tender for every few years. Back in October of last year the EC awarded the contract to EURid again and they recently signed it. Under the terms of the new contract they’ll be running .eu for 5 years and there is a possibility of the contract being extended by a further 5 years.
The new contract is not a simple extension of what was there previously and is based on a variety of new provisions that were included in the call for tenders.
As a result of the contractual changes there will be updates to:
- the registrar agreement
- the ADR (domain dispute) rules
- the registration policy and the terms and conditions will be merged into one document
If you are a registrar for .eu domains you should have received emails from EURid about this – if you haven’t you probably need to contact them!
Registrars are being asked to communicate the changes to their registrants and if they fail to do so or simply don’t want to then EURid will do it for them.
I expect there’ll be some changes in the policies that will warrant further discussion, but so far I haven’t seen any of the new language.