The European Commission has opened a public consultation on the evaluation and revision of the .eu top-level domain (TLD) regulations.

The .eu TLD represents the "online digital brand" of the European Union. It was created at the initiative of the European Commission and was formally established by Regulation (EC) No 733/2002 of 22 April 2002. The EC Regulation 874/2004 set the public policy rules for the registry and the .eu. The .eu TLD was delegated by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) in 2005.

Commission's 2017 Work Programme (Annex 2 of CWP-2017 (COM(2016) 710 final of 25.10.2016) included a Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT) initiative on the .eu Regulations. An evaluation to ensure the .eu legal framework still serves its intended purpose will take place. The evaluation will form a basis for the eventual   revision of the.eu Regulations.

Purpose

The purpose of this questionnaire is therefore twofold. First, it aims to gather input for the evaluation process in order to assess the .eu regulatory framework against the evaluation criteria according to the Better Regulation Guidelines:

  • Effectiveness (Have the objectives been met?)
  • Efficiency (Were the costs involved reasonable?)¬†
  • Coherence (Does the policy complement other actions or are there contradictions?)
  • Relevance (Is EU action still necessary?)
  • EU added value (Can or could similar changes have been achieved at national/regional level, or did EU action provide clear added value?)

Second, the questionnaire is designed to seek views on issues that may need to be reviewed.

Consultation page