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Upcoming Changes to EU Domains

We’ve been talking about .eu domain names and how they’re impacted by Brexit quite a bit over the last few months. This time round, however, we’re going to be looking at some upcoming changes to .eu that are not related to Brexit at all!

As you may know the .eu domain space is a slightly “different animal”. It’s run by EURid on behalf of the European Commission. Most of the rules that govern how .eu domains can be registered, by whom and under which conditions flow from the European Union institutions’ rules.

So what’s going on?

In the last couple of weeks a new set of rules were agreed and those were published in the Official Journal of the European Union this week.

What’s changing?

The biggest change is around who can register a .eu domain name. (I’ve written a bit more about it over here)

At the moment you need to have an address in the EU to get (and keep) a .eu domain name. (Which is why Brexit is causing headaches)

In a few months time the rules will be updated so EU citizens anywhere on the planet will be able to register .eu domain names.

The exact date of the policy change hasn’t been announced yet and we’re also waiting on further details on how it will all work.

Overall this is good news for EU citizens and for .eu!

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