The Council of the European Union has approved a series of amendments to the regulation of the .eu ccTLD. Assuming the changes are ratified by the EU Parliament, they would go into effect on October 13, 2022.
The European Registry for Internet Domains (EURid) is a non-profit based in Belgium that currently serves as manager of the .eu and .ею ccTLDs. Without making any reference to the current license appointing EURid as registry, the amendments detail criteria to be considered in “selecting” a registry for .eu.
None of the aforementioned criteria would preclude EURid’s continuing to operate as registry. The amendments to .eu governance specify that the registry should be a non-profit, based in the EU that offers “cost-efficiency and administrative simplicity” in managing the TLD. All of these criteria could aptly describe EURid.
We found no commentary speculating that a change in registry operator is on the horizon and therefore assume for the time being that EURid will continue beyond 2022.
A more tangible change is observed in the new categories of eligible registrants, which now include the following category:
“A Union citizen, independently of their place of residence”
The current rules restrict registration to residents of the EU member states, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. When the new regulation goes into effect, registrations could be accepted from anywhere in the world.
No mention is made of the eligibility of UK residents, which is a topic of much discussion in the lead up to Brexit. As things stand, these individuals will not be able to register new domains immediately after Britain exits the EU. EURid and the Council are currently working on revocation scenarios for existing domains registered to UK entities.