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News :: Press pack : “.eu” - 1 December 2005

".eu": Europe’s new internet address opens for business on 7 December

(01/12/2005) The Commission announced on 1 December that the ".eu" top-level domain, which enables businesses, public bodies and citizens to choose a pan-European Internet name for their web sites and e-mail addresses, opens for business on 7 December 2005.

A ".eu" suffix enables users to project a Europe-wide presence, ambition or affiliation. It complements, but does not replace, national country codes such as France’s ".fr", Poland’s ".pl" or the UK’s ".uk". A sunrise period of 4 months will allow holders of prior rights – including businesses – to apply for the registration of domain names provided they are settled in the European Union. From 7 April 2006, the Registry will open its doors for applications from the general public. With the launch of .eu, the Commission lives up to the promise made at the Lisbon European Council in 2000 to give Europe’s Information Society an identity on the web under reliable EU rules.

Additional Information

Commission Press Room: IP/05/1510

See also: .eu, Europe’s Own Internet Domain: Frequently Asked Questions

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