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Who may apply during the Sunrise Period

Sunrise applicants must comply with the geographical requirements applicable to all .eu domain name holders, as set out in EU Regulation 733/2002:

Only the following may apply for a .eu domain name:
- undertakings having their registered office, central administration or principal place of business within the European Community;
- organisations established within the European Community without prejudice to the application of national law;
- natural persons resident within the European Community.

The sunrise period consists of two phases each lasting two months. Immediately after the 4-month sunrise period is over, registrations will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis.
During phase 1 only domain names that correspond with:
- The full name of a public body;
- The acronym by which a public body is commonly know;
- If applicable, the territory which is governed by a public body;
- Registered national trademarks and registered community (EU) trademarks;
may be applied for by the public body or holder/licensee of the trademark.
During phase 2 domain names that correspond with:
- the names listed in phase 1; - other rights that are protected under the national law of the member state where they are held such as: company names, business identifiers, distinctive titles of protected literary and artistic work, unregistered trademarks, trade names.
It is important to remember that not all the rights listed are recognised in each member state. Applicants will be required to provide the legal basis that grants the right in community law or the national law of the member state where the right is held and provide documentary evidence which is accepted to demonstrate the right under that law.

A list of the most commonly recognised rights and the evidence required to prove that the right is held will be published on this web site as soon as possible.

How you can apply for .eu name during the sunrise period

Those who qualify to register their domain name during the sunrise period will be required to apply through an accredited .eu registrar. In addition to the usual information required to register a .eu domain name, sunrise applications will be required to state the right they are claiming to the domain name (for example: company name or trademark) and under which law that right is granted.

In some cases, a company might have a right to a name from a number of sources (for example, a company may be registered by that name in the national register and it may also have a registered trademark of the same name). When applying for a .eu domain name, only one right can be claimed in each application.
An additional application fee will be charged during sunrise to cover the costs of systems development, processing and validating the applications. When a correctly completed sunrise application is received we will send an email to the applicant confirming that the application has been received. It will also advise where the application sits in the queue for that name (if there is more than one applicant) what documentation we require to prove the right and access to a form which must be completed signed and returned with the proof within 40 days.

We have appointed Validation Agents to authenticate the proof and advise if an application is accepted or rejected. It is to the Validation Agent that applicants will be required to send their proof of rights. Until an application for a name is accepted or until all applications for that name are rejected, the domain name will be blocked from being registered by any other party, even if validation has not taken place by the time open registration begins.
All sunrise applicants will be required to accept the special sunrise terms and conditions that will be made available as soon as possible.

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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