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The Regulation on the Registry of the .eu Top Level Domain Name has been in force since 25 July

date: 02.08.2020
Area: Intellectual Property

On 24 July 2020, Regulation (EU) no. 2020/1083 of 14 May 2020, issued in implementation of article 8, paragraph 1 of Regulation no. 2019/517, was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, no. L 239, with the task of establishing the eligibility and selection criteria and the procedure for designating the operator of the .eu top-level domain name register. This Registry is ‘the entity entrusted with the organisation, administration and management of the .eu TLD, including maintenance of the corresponding databases and associated public query services, registration of domain names, operation of the Register of domain names, operation of the Registry’s TLD name servers and distribution of TLD zone files between name servers’ (Article 2 of Regulation 2019/517).

In particular, the registry operator should be selected based on an open, transparent and non-discriminatory procedure, allowing a fair and competitive selection process. To this end, the procedure is guided by the Commission in two stages: (a) checking the eligibility of applicants; (b) drawing up a ranking list of eligible applicants, based on criteria ensuring that the organisation, administration and management of the TLD are in line with the objectives of supporting the digital single market, building an online European identity and promoting cross-border online activities. The criteria aimed at guiding the Commission in this delicate admission and selection activity are specifically provided for in Articles 2 et seq. of the Regulation in question, which entered into force on 25 July 2020, the day after its publication in the Official Journal.

The Regulation on the Registry of the .eu Top Level Domain Name has been in force since 25 July

date: 02.08.2020
Area: Intellectual Property

On 24 July 2020, Regulation (EU) no. 2020/1083 of 14 May 2020, issued in implementation of article 8, paragraph 1 of Regulation no. 2019/517, was published in the Official Journal of the European Union, no. L 239, with the task of establishing the eligibility and selection criteria and the procedure for designating the operator of the .eu top-level domain name register. This Registry is ‘the entity entrusted with the organisation, administration and management of the .eu TLD, including maintenance of the corresponding databases and associated public query services, registration of domain names, operation of the Register of domain names, operation of the Registry’s TLD name servers and distribution of TLD zone files between name servers’ (Article 2 of Regulation 2019/517).

In particular, the registry operator should be selected based on an open, transparent and non-discriminatory procedure, allowing a fair and competitive selection process. To this end, the procedure is guided by the Commission in two stages: (a) checking the eligibility of applicants; (b) drawing up a ranking list of eligible applicants, based on criteria ensuring that the organisation, administration and management of the TLD are in line with the objectives of supporting the digital single market, building an online European identity and promoting cross-border online activities. The criteria aimed at guiding the Commission in this delicate admission and selection activity are specifically provided for in Articles 2 et seq. of the Regulation in question, which entered into force on 25 July 2020, the day after its publication in the Official Journal.