About this consultation

Consultation period
12 May 2017 - 4 August 2017
Digital economy and society

Responses to this consultation

The Commission will publish the replies shortly after the end of the consultation period. You can follow this webpage, where a link to the results will be published.

Consultation outcome

We shall publish all contributions to the consultation unless non-publication is specifically requested in the general information section of the questionnaire.

A short summary of the consultation results will be published  on this page within 1 month after the consultation closes. A synopsis report with a qualitytive analysis of all constulation activities carried out will be issued at the time of the evaluation Staff Working Document and Impact Assessment..

In case your response includes confidential data please provide a non-confidential version.

Target group

  • Consumer associations
  • Businesses
  • Academia
  • Public authorities
  • Inter-governmental organisations
  • Citizens

Objective of the consultation

The Commission is launching a public consultation on the evaluation and revision of the .eu top-level domain (TLD) Regulations in order to:

1. Gather input for the evaluation, assessing the .eu regulatory framework against the evaluation criteria:

  • 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 similar changes have been achieved at national/regional level, or did EU action clearly provide added-value?

2. Seek views on the issues that may need to be reviewed.


The .eu TLD is the country code top-level domain for the EU.  Initiated by the Commission, it was formally established by Regulation 733/2002 of 22 April 2002. EC Regulation 874/2004 set the rules for the registry and the .eu. The .eu TLD was delegated by Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2005.

The Commission's 2017 Work Programme foresees that the revision of the .eu Regulations be carried out in the context of the Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT) and be preceeded by an evaluation to ensure that the .eu legal framework still serves its purpose. It will be the basis for the revision of the.eu regulations.

Related links

News announcement and digibyte the consultation.

Digital Single Market website on .eu.

How to submit your response

Only responses received through the online questionnaire will be considered for analysis.

You can pause any time and continue later. Your contribution is downloadable once you have submitted your answers.  

Questionnaires sent by e-mail or on paper will not be analysed except those due to accessibility needs of persons with disabilities.

Accessibility for persons with disabilities

We shall accept questionnaires by email or by post from persons with disabilities and their representative organisations.

Send us an email with your reply attached as Word, PDF or ODF to the email address below.

Protection of personal data & privacy statement

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