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A new public policy rule governing the proposed .EU domains has been published by the European Commission. The rules set out how the domain will operate and how the registry will manage the domains.
The ‘European’ domain got the go ahead by the Commission in March 2002 which will be operated by EURid or the European Registry of Internet Domain names. The Commission has sought to overcome the initial delay as a result of the failure to agree with member states a suitable set of public policy rules. However, as a result of the agreed rules recently published by the Commission the registry will now agree a contract with the Commission agreeing and to discuss the best way forward with ICANN which will provide the technical support for the adoption of the EU domain.

EURid aims to have its systems, rules, contracts and procedures in place as soon so that it coincides with the agreed policy rules and to recruit accredited registrars. As with the previous launch of domains and in order to resolve disputes over domains there will be a ‘sunrise’ period of four months. The sunrise period will allow trade mark owners the opportunity to secure the domains that reflect their rights before the domains are offered to the rest of the market. The domains can be purchased by trade mark owners if they can prove their trade mark rights within forty days failing which the domains will be released to the general public.

The period is offered in two phases, lasting for two months for each period. The first phase is specifically aimed at trade mark owners i.e. those which hold either a national or Community trade mark holder, public bodies or those which are used for geographical origins. View the Public Policy here.

Pre-register your EU Domain here will make every effort to successfully register your .EU domain name. Please note that submitting a .EU domain name application during firsts days does not guarantees a successful domain name registration.

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