Brexit Blog Series: Changes to .eu domains
Published 7 October 2020
EURid, the European Registry for Internet Domains, has announced that from 1 January 2021 UK registrants will no longer be eligible to hold a .eu domain name unless they demonstrate their compliance with the .eu regulatory framework.
Registrants must update their registration data to show compliance with the regulatory framework by indicating a legally established entity in one of the eligible Union Member States, or by updating their residence to a Union Member State, or proving their citizenship of a Union Member State irrespective of their residence. Registrants must update their registration data before 31 December 2020. During this time UK organisations, businesses and individuals can continue to be to hold and register a .eu domain name.
From 1 January 2021, the domain of any UK registrant who does not demonstrate eligibility, will be withdrawn. A withdrawn domain name will therefore not function and can no longer support any active services such as websites or email. After 12 months, all affected domain names will become available for general registration.
There are around 135,000 .eu domains registered to UK organisations, businesses and individuals at present. For many, the .eu domain will simply redirect to the organisation’s main website, typically a .co.uk domain.
Any UK organisations, businesses or individuals with sites specifically targeted to the EU, may be impacted by this and should act as soon as possible to ensure minimal loss or disruption to their site and email functionality.