Timetable for Launch

Following conclusion of contractual matter with the European Commission and, more recently, with ICANN, we have the green light to prepare for launch of .eu. We hope to start the .eu sunrise period before the end of 2005 and the timetable below gives an indication of the tasks to be undertaken and target dates for each.

We will update this timetable with real dates as soon as we can.

Time Frame


12 October 2004

Signing of the formal contract with the European Commission to operate the .eu registry but still some authorisations awaited from the EC
European Commission must then make an official request to ICANN to recognise EURid as the company selected to operate .eu

21 March 2005

ICANN board approval of agreement with EURid to have .eu put in the root


continue amendments to software to reflect the public policy rules and, in particular, the sunrise procedures

March 2005

appointed validation agent for sunrise period

April 2005

engaged ADR suppliers and finalise ADR procedures

end of May 2005

16 june 3005

Make available the registrar agreement and accreditation procedures

begin accrediting .eu registrars (list will start to appear on web site a week or so later)


publish job description & begin recruiting staff

june 3005

Publish proposed .eu Registration Policy for comment


develop web site to provide key information in all official EU languages

Aug/Sept 2005

make available the terms and condition of registration in official EU languages - including ADR provisions

Aug/Sept 2005

make registration software available for registrar testing

4th Quarter 2005

(we do not have an exact date yet)

start phase 1 of sunrise

(public bodies and holders of trademarks may apply for the corresponding name)

Start of sunrise + 2 months

Start phase 2 of sunrise period (those eligible to apply in phase 1 plus holders of other rights  recognised in the national law of a member state may apply for the corresponding name)

start of sunrise + 4 months

Sunrise period closes and registrations open on a first-come-first-served basis.
Validation of names applied for during sunrise continues until task completed