Latest update from .eu registry EURid, published 22nd March 2019:
Due to ongoing uncertainties over the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, EURid has placed on hold any plan regarding domain names registered to individuals and undertakings located in the United Kingdom and Gibraltar. Those plans were set out in European Commission’s notice to .eu stakeholders, published on 28 March 2018.
As soon as we receive official updates from the European Commission on how to proceed, we will amend the plans on this web page and communicate with affected stakeholders as appropriate, and as instructed by the Commission. We thank you for your patience.
With Brexit approaching, it is good to be prepared – which includes ensuring that your .eu domain name is still up and running when the UK leaves the EU.
According to the .eu registry, EURid, anyone who has registered their .eu with a GB or GI country code is potentially in jeopardy. Below is a statement that the European Commission issued to stakeholders in April 2018 about the .eu domain names registered by UK residents:
“As of the withdrawal date, undertakings and organisations that are established in the United Kingdom but not in the EU and natural persons who reside in the United Kingdom will no longer be eligible to register .eu domain names or, if they are .eu registrants, to renew .eu domain names registered before the withdrawal date.”
So what does this mean? Here is the full Brexit notice from EURid that was last updated on 6th March 2019 and below is a very brief summary of the situation.
- From 30th March 2019 EURid will not allow the registration of any new .eu domain names where the resident country code is either GB or GI.
- If you are a GB or GI resident you will be able to comply with the .eu regulations by showing that you are a legally established entity in one of the eligible EU27 or EEA Member States before 30th May 2019. During this two-month period your .eu domain name will remain active.
- As of 30th May 2019 all .eu registrants who did not demonstrate their eligibility will be deemed ineligible and their domain names will be withdrawn. A withdrawn domain name no longer functions, but it will remain in the .eu registry database so may be reactivated if the eligibility criteria is amended.
- On 30th March 2020 all of the .eu domain names with GB or GI registered addresses will be revoked and will become available for general registration.
If the European Commission grant an extension to the UK’s withdrawal date then the above dates will be altered accordingly. The premise still stands though that once the UK has officially withdrawn from the EU, no UK residents will be able to register a .eu domain name and those UK residents who own a .eu domain name need to change their registration address to that of a country within the EU27 or EEA Member States.
EURid have stated that all UK-based registrants with .eu registered domain names will be notified about what they need to do by email on 23rd and 30th March 2019.
If you own a .eu domain name and you are unable to change your registration address to an eligible EU27 or EEA Member State then talk to your registrar about alternatives, such as city domain names (such as Dot London), country-based domains or one of the new Top-Level domain names that are more specific to your industry.