The “.ευ” domain extension launch a futile display of wasting European funds?
The news of .EU domain extension launch in Greek faces a lot of media criticism as the “.ευ” TLD has officially completed the Fast Track process.
The main issue is that renown media have expressed their concerns about the quality and futility of this specific IDN ccTLD as well as the process that took ten years would be called “fast”.
While it is clear that “EU” are the initials of the European Union, the main issue is that “ευ” will not be recognized as “Europen Union” by Greeks because the translation to an acronym for “Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση” should be “εε” instead.
The general population is fairly interested into their ccTLD (.GR) and much less into the same IDN ccTLD (.ελ) meaning the new European IDN in Greek will receive even less interest and as such may be a futile domain extension.
The launch date of the .ευ (.eu in Greek) is scheduled for 14 November 2019.
We expect the registry operating this extension will issue further updates on the process of domain registration eligibility requirements in the coming weeks.
For a more expressive point of view on this launch read Konstantinos Zournas piece from OnlineDomain.
Brexit and .EU domain ownership by UK entities and residents.
Now that we are on the subject of the European Union, a trending topic would be Brexit and .EU domain ownership by UK entities and residents.
The EURid Registry (operator) for .EU domain names have issued a communication concerning the .EU domains registered by UK entities and residents.
“On 19 October 2019 Regulation (EU) 2019/517 comes into effect and amends the eligibility requirements to register a .eu domain name. Eligible persons will be:
I. a Union citizen, independently of their place of residence;
II. a natural person who is not a Union citizen and who is a resident of a Member State;
III. an undertaking that is established in the Union; or
IV. an organization that is established in the Union, without prejudice to the application of national law.”
What this means is that from 31st October 2019 (which is the announced date of the UK withdrawal from the EU) registrants of .EU domains originating from UK (persons and entities) and third-country nationals (i.e. persons who are not a Union citizen) will no longer be eligible to register or renew .eu domains.
Furthermore, for the currently registered .EU domains, the Registry will be entitled to revoke such domain name on its initiative.
Long story short, to keep theirs .EU domains UK citizens and companies will have to transfer their domains to EU entities (domain registrars) and apply for “privacy protection” or similar “masking” services were the (Europe-based) domain registrar will be shown as domain owner through WHOIS while rendering service to the end-user.
Though the vacation season is in full swing, domain owners are urged to act promptly and take action as the October deadline is in a few months and failure to act timely can lead to loss of domain ownership.