From October 2019, Europeans living outside the European Union can register for a .eu top-level domain.

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13 years after its initial launch, new rules on the .eu Top-Level Domain entered into force in April 2019, and will support better quality and more innovative services on .eu in an ever-changing digital environment.

From 19 October 2019, the updated Regulation will extend the right to register a .eu domain name to citizens of the European Union, no matter where they are residing in the world. Previously limited to residents of EU and EEA countries, the .eu space currently ranks as the seventh largest country code extension on the internet.

Around 12 million Europeans live in the United States, Canada and Australia; with 3.7 million EU citizens and businesses already using a reliable, trustworthy and secure .eu domain name, the new rules will facilitate access to the Digital Single Market for those living outside Europe and will allow them to display their European identity online.

The new rules shall fully apply from 13 October 2022 and provide the legal flexibility for the .eu domain to adapt to market changes while modernising its governance structure.

The domain name is already available as .ею, in Cyrillic script, and as of November 2019, it will also be available in Greek script as .ευ, enabling a truly multilingual online presence for all Europeans.

 

More information: EURid launches new eligibility criteria