Latest update from EU registry on Brexit and .eu domain names

As we wrote in earlier posts, at the end of 2020, UK-based businesses, organisations and individuals became ineligible to hold registration of .eu domain names. Compliance with the .eu regulations could, however, still be achieved by updating domain registration details to prove eligibility. Read on for the latest news on this situation.

EURid, the manager of the .eu registry, has updated us with the latest information on this process, as follows:

Dear Registrant,

Following the European Commission’s notice to .eu stakeholders ( initially published on 28 March 2018) concerning .eu domain names registered by registrants under a GB/GI country code[1]), and our emails dated (1 October 2020, 21 December 2020 and 1 January 2021) we wish to inform you of the following:

  • As of 1 January 2021, your domain name is no longer in compliance with the .eu regulatory framework. Therefore, we have moved to the SUSPENDED status until 30 June 2021. Any service (e.g. email/website) associated to a SUSPENDED domain name no longer functions. .eu domain names in the SUSPENDED status might be reinstated as REGISTERED if you update your registration data to meet the eligibility criteria by submitting a request to info@eurid.eu.
  • As of 1 July 2021, we will move non-compliant domain names to the WITHDRAWN status until 31 December 2021, 23:59:59 CET. Domain names in the, WITHDRAWN status might be reinstated as REGISTERED if you update your registration data to meet the eligibility criteria by submitting a request to info@eurid.eu. However, please note that reinstating a WITHDRAWN domain name as REGISTERED is a time consuming operation. Therefore, we recommend you submit any reinstatement request to info@eurid.eu before the end of June 2021.
  • You can be compliant with the .eu regulatory framework by updating your contact data (e.g. indicating a legally established entity in, or updating the residence to, one of the eligible EU27 or EEA Member States, or demonstrating your citizenship of one of the EU27 Member States). We invite you to contact your registrar (the company through which you registered the domain names) for detailed information on the registration terms of your domain name(s).
  • As of 1 January 2022, if you have not demonstrated your compliance within the .eu regulatory framework, we will revoke your domain name. Subsequently, the domain name will become available for general registration.

Please contact us at info@eurid.eu for additional information and/or visit the dedicated page at https://eurid.eu/en/register-a-eu-domain/brexit-notice/.

Kind Regards,

EURid vzw / The registry manager of the .eu TLD and its variants in other scripts

How to update contact information on a domain name

For Web Age customers, please read our guide on how to update contact information on your domain name. It’s important to note that you should do this as soon as possible. The process will permit changes till 1st April but in order to avoid any disruption to service, you should make these changes right away.

After 1st April, changes may be possible but an as-yet unannounced restore fee will be applied by the registry. Should a customer request changes after this date, we will apply this charge plus any applicable admin costs we incur, as this will be a manual process.

Further reading

Read the Brexit notice from EURid for more information.

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