Some time ago, the United Kingdom announced its decision to leave the European Union. Thus, many institutions had to think about the consequences of such a split for their activities. For example, that was the case for the European Registry (EURid) in charge of the .eu extension.
Indeed, acquiring a domain under this extension is based on the respect of certain conditions. In particular, the condition of being a resident of the Union or a citizen of this same Union. What about British residents? Or British citizens residing in one of the countries that are not members of the Union?
Don’t panic! Next, we give you more details about the functioning of this organization 🙂
A short reminder of the conditions under which you can acquire a .eu domain name.
First of all, let’s come back to the conditions of registration of a .eu. Usually, you can buy a .eu domain name if you meet one of these requirements:
- Being a citizen of the European Union
- A resident in one of the member countries of the European Union
- A company established in the European Union
The exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union thus questions its place in the list of countries and citizenships accepted to obtain a .eu domain name. Consequently, EURid has had to set up a timetable allowing the holders concerned to (re)become compliant with the registry’s requirements. This period, known as the “transition period”, will end on 31 December 2020.
During this transition period, it will still be possible for any registrant to become compliant with the EURid requirements (e.g. through our trustee service).
EURid timetable & measures implemented
How can I keep my EU domain name after Brexit? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
1. What are the steps of the EURid timetable?
On October 1st, 2020, EURid will inform the British holders by email that as from January 1st, 2021, they will no longer meet the eligibility criteria to acquire a .eu domain name. Therefore, the email will detail the points they need to comply with (such as changing their address through a trustee service).
On December 21st, 2020, EURid will send a second email to registrants who have not made any changes and therefore remain non-compliant. The risks of non-compliance will also be explained to them.
On January 1 st, 2021, from 00:00:00 CET, a new email will be sent to non-compliant UK registrants informing them that their domain(s) is (are) withdrawn. From this date, EURID will no longer accept the registration of new domain names by UK registrants. Likewise, it will no longer be possible to transfer a domain name to a UK holder.
As a result, this domain name will no longer work since it will no longer support any services such as websites or emails.
Twelve months after this transition period, on January 1st, 2022 00:00:00 CET the withdrawn domains will again be available for general registration. Their release will be done in batches.
2. Have you got it all memorized? Here is a timeline to help you!
Interested? Here’s a solution that will allow you to keep your .eu domain!
There is a rather simple solution allowing you to have an address within one of the member countries of the European Union. More commonly called the “trustee service”, it is actually to use the contact information of your registrar (Netim for example) instead of yours.
Thus, the restrictions are no longer applicable and you can legally use your domain name.