January 11, 2021
The Guidance sets out what organisations and individuals need to do if they hold a .eu domain name or want to register one. The Guidance refers to the eligibility criteria for .eu domains as set out in Article 4(2)(b) of the .eu Domain Name Regulation (2019/517/EU). Essentially, organisations and individuals are not able to register or renew .eu domain names if:
- they are established in the UK but not in the EU/European Economic Area (EEA) or
- they live outside of the EU/EEA and are not an EU/EEA citizen.
Further, organisations and individuals can only register or hold a .eu domain name if they are:
- an EU/EEA citizen, independently of where you live;
- not an EU/EEA citizen but resident in the EU/EEA; or
- an organisation, business or undertaking that is established in the EU/EEA.
Organisations and individuals may still be eligible if they have their registered office, central administration, or principal place of business within the EU/EEA, are established within the EU/EEA, or are a natural person resident in the EU/EEA.
The Guidance also sets out what happens and what to do if organisations and individuals do not meet the eligibility criteria.