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A registrar is a company or organisation through which you can register a domain name.
A registrant, or domain-name holder, is a person, company or organisation that registers a domain name.
The cost varies by registrar. Accredited .eu registrars set their own prices for .eu registrations and related services.
You can check the availability of .eu domain names on the WHOIS database. If the domain name you queried has already been registered, the WHOIS database displays the contact details of the domain-name holder as well as additional registration information.
If the domain name has not been registered, the WHOIS database will show that it is available.
If you want to contact the holder of a specific .eu domain name, you can query the name in our WHOIS database. If the domain name holder is a company or organisation, you will be able to see a physical address as well as a telephone number, fax number and email address. If the domain name holder is a private person, you will be able to see only an email address and a preferred language for correspondence.
If the domain name holder is a private person and you need more contact details than those provided, you can send us a request for the disclosure of personal data. The request must explain your reasons for needing the data and specify how the data will be used.
IDN stands for Internationalised Domain Name. IDNs are domain names that contain characters from non-ASCII character sets. These include characters with accents, cedillas and ogoneks.
ADR stands for Alternative Dispute Resolution. An ADR is a procedure that was put in place to help resolve .eu disputes. Any conventional court of law within the European Union can also be used to challenge a .eu domain name registration, but an ADR procedure is intended to be easier, faster, less expensive and more convenient.
The .eu ADR procedure is conducted online and is handled by the independent Czech Arbitration Court, which is based in Prague, in the Czech Republic.
Please note that it is not necessary to travel to the Czech Republic in order to present a case. See the ADR website for more information.