EU agree on new rules for the .eu top-level domain

The measures were proposed by the Commission in April, as part of the Digital Single Market strategy

EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel

On Wednesday the European Parliament, the Council and the EU Commission reached a political agreement on the revision of the Regulation concerning the .eu top-level domain, which is part of the Digital Single Market strategy. The new measures are aimed at simplifying the existing legal framework on the .eu top-level domain and, among other changes, enable European/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) citizens to register for a .eu domain also outside of the EU, regardless of their country of residence. 

The new measures also include an improved governance structure for the domain and a modernised legal framework that will enable it to adapt to rapid market changes.

“The new rules on the .eu-top-level domain will enable us to cope more effectively with a fast-changing domain name market and will support better and more innovative services for EU citizens and businesses.  We are looking ahead to many more people and businesses using .eu to mark their European identity online in a way that exemplifies multilingualism, privacy protection, and security,” Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel said.

The .eu domain is currently managed by EURid, a private, independent, non-profit organisation that has operated the .eu under contract to the Commission since 2003. 

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