EURid will be the registry of the .eu top-level domain for the next 5 years

EURid has been confirmed as the registry manager of the .eu top-level domain for the next five years, with the European Commission Decision (2014/207/EU), published in the Official Journal of the European Union (L109).

“We feel honored to have been chosen again to serve all the .eu registrars and registrants,” stated Marc Van Wesemael, CEO of EURid. “The decision comes Continue reading

.eu 8th Anniversary (Infographic)

.Eu opened for registrations in April 2006. This year .eu celebrates it’s eighth anniversary and eight years of milestones with an infographic: Continue reading

.eu domain name renewal rate tops 80% in 2013

On average, 81% of .eu domain names were renewed in 2013, according to the latest progress report from the .eu registry EURid. This is the seventh year running that .eu has maintained such a high renewal rate, indicating that .eu domain name holders are a loyal group.

“Internet users want to be able to express themselves online through TLDs that inspire feelings of trust, quality and security,” explains EURid General Manager Marc Van Wesemael. “.eu has always had the reputation of being a quality and trustworthy domain, and the renewal rate is proof that our registrants feel the same way.”

That end-users, particularly businesses, are keen to benefit from the quality and trustworthiness conveyed by the .eu brand is further underlined by the fact that the TLD has the highest percentage of business websites when compared with the largest gTLDs, according to the latest website categorisation report published by EURid in collaboration with the Statistics Research Centre of the University of Leuven (Belgium).

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Infographic: Results Registrar Satisfaction Survey 2013

94% of .eu registrars feel they have a good relationship with EURid, according to the results of the 2013 Registrar Satisfaction Survey. This figure has increased 7% from last year. Registrar satisfaction is at 78% with .com domain names. 77% of the registrars offer 30 or more TLDs.

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30.5% of TLDs are business websites – 27.8% a holding page – 0.9% pornography

EURid, the .eu registry, made a report called “Website usage trends among top-level domains 2014″.

37.8% of .eu websites are used for business purposes, compared with an average of 30.5% of websites under gTLDs like .com, .biz and .net, according to a new website categorisation report published today by the registry for the .eu top-level domain EURid.

“Our findings underscore the fact that businesses across the European Union continue to embrace .eu,” said EURid’s general manager, Marc Van Wesemael. “With its unique cross-border dimension, .eu is ideally suited for trading in many EU countries.”

The report, prepared in collaboration with the Leuven Statistics Research Centre, aims to understand how websites are used and also reveals that there has been a significant drop in the percentage of pay-per-click (PPC) websites on the web, from 20.6% in 2011 to 11.8% in 2013. That PPC sites have become less popular would indicate that revenue generated from this type of website is falling.

The findings are based on the results of the analysis of domain names taken from the zone files of the .com, .net. .org, .biz, .info, .pro and .mobi gTLDs and the .eu ccTLD. A random sample of domain names was selected from each zone file which was then assessed by a multilingual team of researchers. In total, around 5 000 domain names were assessed for each TLD. The website associated with a particular domain name was then categorised into one of eight categories: business, community, pay-per-click, holding page, institutional, password protected, error and pornography.

Further findings

  • Business is the most common use for websites across all top-level domains, with 30.5% of all websites being used for business purposes on average.
  • After business, the next most common use for websites is as a holding page (27.8%)
  • Older, generic TLDs still have distinctive usage profiles, for example .org maintains a high proportion of community websites
  • Pornography only accounts for 0.9% of websites, contradicting the commonly held perception that it is pervasive on the Internet.

The full report, “Website usage trends among top-level domains 2014”, is available for download at http://link.eurid.eu/insights. It forms part of the .eu Insights report series, which is based on surveys, studies and research conducted by EURid, in cooperation with industry experts and sector leaders.

.eu dispute resolution fees discount of 50% continues in 2014

The fee for a basic .eu Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedure will be cut by a further 50%, according to the .eu registry EURid and the Czech Arbitration Court (CAC), the institution appointed to rule on Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings for the .eu top-level domain.

The announcement heralds the third year in a row that the cost of .eu ADR proceedings has been reduced.

“The continued reduction of ADR fees will further help rights holders to overcome the financial barrier that prevented them from claiming their rights through .eu ADR proceedings,” commented Czech Arbitration Court Board Member, Petr Hostaš.

EURid’s General Manager Marc Van Wesemael added, “At EURid, we want anyone with a legitimate prior rights claim to be able to challenge a .eu registration. Making the .eu ADR process more affordable, and therefore accessible, is one way of doing this.”

Why ADR
People can challenge a .eu registration if they believe they have a prior right to the domain name and the current holder has registered the name for speculative or abusive purposes. EURid offers the fast and convenient .eu ADR procedure through the independent CAC specifically for this purpose. No travel is required as all cases are conducted online and by email, and in 24 official EU languages. Cases take an average of four months to resolve.

EURid appointed the CAC in 2005 as its ADR provider. In order to make .eu ADR decisions, the CAC selects one or more panellists from its list of 112 accredited international experts.

In numbers
Since the ADR procedure first became available in 2006, 686 cases have been filed – of which 51 in 2013. The ADR panel accepted 35 complaints last year, 10 are still pending. More information about the terms and conditions of the new .eu ADR price structure is available at eu.adr.eu.

.eu extends to Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway today 8 January 2014

Residents, companies and organisations based in the European Economic Area (EEA) countries of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are eligible to register domain names under the .eu top-level domain from today, 8 January 2014, at 10:00 CET.

“We welcome this positive development which has been in the air for some time,” commented the .eu registry’s General Manager Marc Van Wesemael. “The more countries and businesses that benefit from .eu’s unique identity, the stronger its brand becomes.”

“Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway have had close economic ties with the European Union since the Community’s early years. Granting them access to the .eu top-level domain is a natural step forward in that relationship.”

“Our annual research shows that .eu is seen as a reliable and valuable online label. We are confident that the companies and residents of these countries will soon appreciate the advantages of the .eu TLD, including the strong security procedures for its management and databases.”

The decision by the European Commission to extend the “.eu zone” follows up on the provision contained in the original .eu regulation (EC 733/2002), which foresaw the extension of .eu to the European Economic Area.

.eu Q3 report by EURid registry: registrations are stable, Germany is still #1

During Q3 2013, the number of .eu registrations decreased by 3 051 domain names, a net decrease of -0.1%, to 3.70 million. The total number of .eu domain name registered at the end of Q3 represented an increase of 0.9%, or 34 749 registrations, when compared with the total number at the end of Q3 2012.

The number of Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) in the .eu portfolio at the end of Q3 2013 was 58 144, or 1.6% of all registrations. The num-ber of IDNs as a percentage of new registrations is at the same level as that of other registries. The number of DNSSEC signed names was 204 719 or 5.5% of all registrations.

By the end of the quarter there were a total of 758 .eu accredited registrars, the top ten registrars accounted for 36.9% of all .eu registrations.

During the third quarter, the total number of .eu registrations increased in 16 of the 28 EU member states. Ireland, Portugal, Estonia, Malta and Latvia all saw growth of more than 2%. .eu is now available to residents of Croatia which saw 3 046 names registered during Q3.

Germany is still leading in number of .eu registrations with over 1.1 million.

The .eu top-level domain (TLD) and its registry EURid saw a variety of developments during the third quarter of 2013, the most significant being the certification for the ISO 27001 security standard following an audit by the British Standards Institution on 24 September 2013

ISO 27001 is a standard designed and developed to help businesses manage their security. It provides requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continuously improving an Information Security Management System (ISMS) in the framework of general company risks. It includes people, processes and IT systems by applying a risk management process.

“EURid decided to adopt this standard to show our registrars, registrants and the world that information security is a key asset to us,” commented EURid General Manager Marc Van Wesemael. “Achieving certification is also another way in which we can improve the quality of the .eu brand.”

EURid has been proactive in Business Continuity and Contingency Management since 2006, when – as one of the first European registries to do so – it introduced a company-wide Business Continuity and Contingency Management program, which has resulted in a yearly business continuity exercise. The ISO 27001 certification is just the most recent demonstration of the registry’s commitment to ensuring security for the .eu top-level domain.

For more information on Q3 2013, download the full quarterly report.

.eu extends to Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein from 8 January 2014

Residents, companies and organisations based in the European Economic Area (EEA) countries of Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway will also be eligible to register domain names under the .eu top-level domain from 8 January 2014.

This decision by the European Commission follows up on the provision contained in the original .eu regulation (EC 733/2002), which foresaw the extension of .eu to the European Economic Area.

“We welcome this positive development which has been in the air for some time,” commented the .eu registry’s General Manager Marc Van Wesemael. “The more countries and businesses that benefit from .eu’s unique identity, the stronger its brand becomes.”

“Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway have had close economic ties with the European Union since the Community’s early years. Granting them access to the .eu top-level domain is a natural step forward in that relationship.”

“Our annual research shows that .eu is seen as a reliable and valuable online label. We are confident that the companies and residents of these countries will soon appreciate the advantages of the .eu TLD, including the strong security procedures for its management and databases.”

.eu available in Croatia as of 1 July

On 1 July 2013, Croatia will join the European Union. As of that day, Croatian residents, organisations and companies will be able to register .eu domain names.

Here you can find an updated version of the .eu Registration Policy that will go into effect on 1 July.

Iceland, FYROM, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey are all official candidates of membership of  the European Union. Albania applied for membership on April 2009 but has not yet been recognised as an official candidate. Bosnia and Herzegovina has concluded an association agreement and is preparing an application for EU membership. Both are classified as potential candidates for membership by the EU.