.EU TLD may get a new registry operator

The European Commission is launching the process to select the next Registry for the .eu Top-Level Domain (TLD), one of the largest “country” TLDs worldwide.

The subject of this call is to select the Registry of the .eu Top-Level Domain (‘TLD’), which will be entrusted with the organisation, administration and management of the .eu TLD, through an open, transparent and non-discriminatory selection procedure.

The TLD is currently administered by EURid, a consortium originally consisting of the national ccTLD registry operators of Belgium, Sweden, and Italy, joined later by the national registry operator of the Czech Republic. The .eu ccTLD was approved by ICANN on 22 March 2005. Full registration started on 7 April 2006.

The .eu TLD is one of the largest country code TLDs with 3.6 million registrations and it is also used by Union institutions, agencies and bodies. The purpose of the .eu TLD is to help enhance the Union identity and promote Union values online, such as multilingualism, respect for users’ privacy and security, respect for human rights, as well as specific Union priorities in the digital area. The .eu TLD aims to provide a clearly identifiable link with the Union and the European Single Market, while, at the same time, enabling undertakings, organisations and natural persons within the Union to register a domain name under the .eu TLD regardless of their place of residence.

Interested applicants shall bear in mind that the Registry should comply with the principles of non-discrimination and transparency, and should implement measures to safeguard fair competition, in particular when the Registry provides services to undertakings with whom it competes on downstream markets.

Applicants shall be non-for-profit entities. This requirement does not prevent commercial entities, including those that are for-profit, from forming part of a consortium of firms or a group of contractors, as long as that formed organisation for the purpose of the .eu Registry activities is not-for-profit.

Consortia wishing to apply must consult the information contained in the call for selection document.

Other documents that need to be filled out are given below as well.

Questions related to this call should be sent at the latest on 21 December 2020 to CNECT-SELECTION-EU-REGISTRY@ec.europa.eu

Please consult the FAQ document that will be posted on this page. All questions received and replies will be published  in that document, anonymously (more information on your personal data).

For download:

  1. Invitation to apply announcement (.docx)
  2. Call for the selection of the Registry (.docx)
  3. Model Service Concession Contract .eu Registry (.docx)
  4. Declaration on honour (.docx)
  5. Financial identification form (.pdf)
  6. Legal entity form – private law body (.pdf)
  7. Privacy Statement for Legal Entity and Bank Account Validation (.pdf)
  8. Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1083 (.pdf)
  9. Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/857 (.pdf)
  10. Regulation (EU) 2019/517 (.pdf)
  11. FAQ (forthcoming)

About Konstantinos Zournas

I studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and I am now living in Athens, Greece. I went online in 1995, started coding in 1996 and began buying domain names and creating websites in 2000. I started the OnlineDomain.com blog in 2012.

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