From January 1st 2021 the UK is no longer part of the European Union and consequently .eu domain names can no longer be registered or held by UK individuals or businesses. EURid, the .eu domain name registry, operate the registry under contract to the European Commission, so they are bound by whatever rules the EC put on them (within reason).Over the last couple of years … [Read more...] about EURid Tweaks Post-Brexit Handling of Impacted Domains
The EU Commission has been forced to cancel its call for tender to run the .eu domain name registry.The .eu domain name registry is operated under contract for the European Commission and the whole shooting party is governed by a complex hodge podge of European regulations and laws. One could argue that the EC took a very hard line with their treatment of .eu domain holders … [Read more...] about EU Commission Forgets Brexit; Forced to Cancel Call For Registry Tender
Back in October of last year I noted that one of the Brexit campaign's more visible groups had switched their leave.eu domain name over to an Irish entity. Under the .eu registration rules the registered holder of a .eu domain name has to be within the European Union or, in the case of private citizens, a citizen of a member state. Switching a domain name over to an entity in a … [Read more...] about Why is Leave EU’s Site and Domain Offline?
EURid commissioned a study to get data on how .eu domain names are being used.That isn't particularly original, as many of the domain name registries have done that over the years using data from a variety of different sources and services. There are several companies that offer services in this space that can give you quite a bit of information about how domains and other … [Read more...] about How are EU Domains used?
EURid, who operate the .eu ccTLD domain registry, have released their Q1 2020 report.The report covers the period up until the end of March 2020 (obviously), so it does not show the full impact of COVID-19 on domain registrations or renewals. The report for Q2 should make for interesting reading!So what does the report show for Q1?Registrations are up 15% compared … [Read more...] about EURid Q1 Results Show Growth
EURid, who run the .eu domain name registry, have been having issues over the last few days which are the result of a number of denial of service attacks.The registry's services were degraded from the morning of Friday 24th April through until Monday.Services returned to normal, but unfortunately it looks like either the attackers have started up again or there is a … [Read more...] about EURid Registry Platform Under Attack
The new .ευ, which is .eu in Greek, was launched by EURid on 14th November.EURid has a dedicated page on their site that explains the various policies that apply specifically to .ευ. One key policy is that the scripts need to match, so you cannot register a .ευ with latin script.So far there have been 476 domains registered in .ευNot all registrars will offer .ευ … [Read more...] about Over 450 Domains Registered in new .ευ
While the Brexit situation remains at best "unclear" the future of UK based .eu domain name registrants has finally received a little bit of clarity.It might not be the best of news, but it's relatively clear. Of course in common with anything that is linked in anyway with Brexit and what form it might take, the entire thing is still "up in the air".EURid have … [Read more...] about More Brexit Fun and Games for .EU Domain Registrants
While many domain name registries are run privately quite a few country code registries (ccTLDs) have links to government. In the case of .eu, however, the registry is operated under contract to the European Commission, so it is operated on behalf of the entire European Union.The impact of Brexit on the .eu ccTLD is something I've spoken about a few times in the past. The … [Read more...] about EU Domains in the UK Post-Brexit Just got More Confusing
I've been writing about the .eu ccTLD for well over a decade. While the extension's popularity in EU member states has ebbed and flowed over the years I don't recall ever noting a registration spike in Ireland. However EURid's Q1 report for 2019 is showing a notable spike in Ireland.Admittedly the spike is percentage based not absolute numbers, yet it's still an … [Read more...] about Irish Registrants Show Love for European Union