The Commission Regulation laying down public policy rules concerning the implementation and functions of the .eu Top Level Domain has been published in the EU Official Journal. The .eu domain is intended to provide a European Internet identity for companies and citizens, comparable to .org or .com.
This regulation is a further step towards the commercial availability of ".eu" names. It sets out public policy rules for a wide range of issues including eligibility, requests for domain name registration, accreditation of registrars, provisions for languages, reservation of geographical and geopolitical names, registration of names corresponding to prior rights, and a dispute resolution procedure.
The contract with the .eu Registry should be signed in the near future and a four month sunrise period in which names can be registered that correspond to prior rights or public bodies should start later this year. Pre-registration or reservation of .eu domain names is not yet possible. Action has already been taken by authorities in some Member States against organisations that have been making false or misleading claims to be able to pre-register names for the .eu domain
The remaining procedural steps for ".eu" to become operational are set out on the website, where you'll also find a list of "Frequently Asked Questions", additional background information and a copy of the Official Journal.