Top level domain .eu
The top level domain (TLD) .eu has been created at the initiative of the Commission. Following athe European Institutions have decided to use a common second level domain europa.eu within the TLD .eu . At the same time however, the EU institutions have also decided to protect some names from abuse by third parties.
Top level domain .eu
The top level domain (TLD) .eu has been created at the initiative of the Commission. The domain has been opened for registration in April 2006 and is managed by the registry EURid under contract to the European Commission according to the terms set by the EU regulations (EC) N°s 733/2002, 874/2004, 1654/2005, 1255/2007 and 560/2009.
Following athe webpages of the European Institutions are using a common second level domain europa.eu within the TLD .eu . Nevertheless, the EU institutions have reserved a number of names in order to protect them from abuse by third parties.
Following the regulation (EC) N° 874/2004 the EU institutions have received the right to reserve during the pre-sunrise period preceding the opening of the .eu domain, names in the .eu domain for possible future use. This right is still valid, so reservations are still possible. Names reserved by an institution can only be released for use by that same institution.
Reservation of names
Reservation is not the same as Registration. When a name is reserved, it means that it can only be registered by the organisation that holds the reservation. A reserved name is not an operational URL. It only becomes so when it is actually registered.
Registration of names
Exceptionally, in some cases, the European Commission is managing a site that is not an official EU site. Examples of these are sites run in collaboration with external private or public organisations. These sites cannot use a name within the europa.eu domain; the name to be used should be decided in agreement with the external partners. Preference should be given to a name within the .eu domain. That name must then be registered.
DG Communication has established a framework contract with an official registrar that is open to all DGs and institutions for registering second level names in the .eu domain.
The registration of names in the .eu domain must be done by submitting a request for registration to COMM EUROPA MANAGEMENT as outlined in the .eu reservation or registration procedure. A yearly fee, to be paid by DG COMM, is due for such a registration.
The registration of names in the europa.eu domain must follow the rules described on the page Web Addresses.