On 16 July 2020 EURid announced that the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) had confirmed that it has agreed with the EEA to incorporate the EU Regulation on the implementation and functioning of the .eu domain name (517/2019/EU) into the EEA agreement. This means that EEA citizens from Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland can register .eu and its variant scripts domain names regardless of their place of residence. EU citizens were granted the same eligibility in October 2019.
EURid says that by extending the citizenship rule to EEA nationals, the new Regulation aims to adapt to the fast-changing domain name industry and to strengthen and expand the link with the growing Digital Single Market, focusing on European values like multilingualism, privacy protection, and security.
EURid says that it is working to make the necessary amendments to various documents and webpages to enable EEA citizens from Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland to enjoy this opportunity as of 2 September 2020. To read EURid’s press release in full, click here.