Doubtlessly, you heard
some rumours about the upcoming introduction of the
possibility to register your domain name directly under
.eu, the new European Top Level Domain. Quite a number
of companies are currently offering the possibility
to pre-register your name under .eu. Many cstomers have
contacted us recently, and asked us why the TuonomeGroup
is not offering pre-registration services too. Here
follows an update :
The European Commission has designated EURid as the
future registry for .EU on May 22nd 2003. Click
here in order to read the latest press release.
Before being able to start registrations under the
.eu TLD, a number of important steps still needs to
be taken. First of all, EURid will need to sign an
agreement with the European Commission. The European
Commission, in co-operation with the EU member states
and EURid, then needs to determine the so called "public
policy" rules. Those rules with relevance to
the public interest will certainly affect the registration
policy that EURid will apply. Once that has been done,
a network of Registrars can be established, through
whom applications for the registration of .eu domain
names can be introduced. A registrar is a company,
authorised by a Registry, to register internet domain
names on behalf of third party customers.
In other words : the registration rules, channels
and mechanisms were not yet defined. As a result,
the domain name you wish to pre-register at this stage,
might not be accepted in the definitive live system.
It might as well be that the companies that currently
offer pre-registration services under .eu may not
be accepted as an approved registrar. Once .eu registrars
are accredited – which is not yet the case -
they are allowed to accept pre-registrations for their
customers. At the start of the live registration procedures,
they will introduce their pre-registration applications
in the automated systems of EURid, the competent Registry
for .eu domain names, for processing.
What about multiple domain name pre-registration
requests for identical domain names at Registry-level
? In this case, the automated system of EURid will
determine on a "first come, first served"
basis which pre-registration will eventually lead
to a definitive registration (the huge load of simultaneous
applications might also generate a randomising effect).
The internal policies to be adopted by the TuonomeGroup
for pre-registrations have not yet been defined at
this point in time, since pre-registrations are currently
not yet allowed.
You should also take into account that the European
Commission, and consequently the .eu Registry, might
introduce a "sunrise" period for domain
name registrations under .eu: a period during which
it will be possible to claim a name on the basis of
preferential rights (e.g.: trademark, company names,
etc.) Again, rules and procedures still need to be
Please note that the Commission strongly discourages
pre-registration under .eu, pending the creation of
the Registry and adoption of its registration policies."
For more information : click
As a consequence, we can conclude that the current
pre-registration procedures are no guarantee whatsoever
that you will be able to register the corresponding
domain name at the start of the "live" operations
It can also be assumed that the chosen registry will
announce sufficiently far in advance what the procedures
are for registering an .eu domain name. To monitor
developments, we refer you to the website of the competent
Registry for .eu
The date when registrations within the .eu domain
will actually come into effect is unknown at present.
A lot of issues still need to be resolved : some will
depend on the definition of the public policy and
on further negotiations with the European Commission.
The TuonomeGroup will keep you informed as soon as
we have more details.