Important Information About .EU Registration Changes and Brexit

If you are a UK resident or entity without permanent EU residence and you have registered a .EU domain, you may lose your domain name.

With the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union, subject to any transitional arrangements, existing .EU domain names will no longer comply with the eligibility criteria.

A statement by the European Commission has outlined that following Brexit on 29 March, 2019 the EU regulatory framework regarding .EU domain names will no longer apply to the UK, which will have the following consequences:

  • UK undertakings and individuals will no longer be able to register .EU domains, nor will they be able to renew any existing .EU domain names, irrespective of whether they were registered before the withdrawal date;

  • The Registry (EURid) will be entitled to revoke .EU domain names on its own initiative.

  • UK rights, such as UK trade marks will no longer be effective in an action against bad faith .EU domain name registrations.

  • Agreements between Registrars and Registrants of .EU domain names can no longer effectively designate UK law or a UK court or dispute resolution body.

EURid will roll an action plan, which has two scenarios. These scenarios depend on the withdrawal date of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

No Deal Brexit – Scenario 1

If the United Kingdom leaves the EU with no deal on 30 March 2019, the registry for .EU domains, EURid, will notify both GB/GI registrants and their registrars on 23 March 2019 about the forthcoming non-compliance of the data associated with their domain name.

On 30 March 2019, EURid will again notify the GB/GI registrants and their registrars that the domain name(s) are not in compliance with the .EU regulatory framework.

  • The registrants will have the possibility to update their contact data before 30 May 2019.

  • During this two-month period, the domain names in question will remain active.

  • If a .EU domain that has GB/GI as the registrant country code expires within this period, it will not be automatically renewed. When it expires, it will be changed to a withdrawn status.

As of 30 May 2019, all registrants who did not demonstrate their eligibility will be deemed ineligible, and their domain names will be withdrawn. A withdrawn domain name no longer functions, so it can no longer support any active services.

Twelve months after the UK withdrawal, all of the affected domain names will be REVOKED and will become AVAILABLE for general registration.

Transition Deal Brexit – Scenario 2

If the United Kingdom leaves the EU following a planned transitional period on 31 December 2020 or at a later date, EURid will notify the GB/GI registrants and their registrars about the forthcoming non-compliance of the data associated with their domain name. On 1 January 2021, EURid will again notify the GB/GI registrants and their registrars that the domain name(s) are not in compliance with the .EU regulatory framework.

  • The registrants will have the possibility to update their contact data before 2 March 2021.

  • During this two-month period, the domain names in question will remain active.

  • If a .EU domain that has GB/GI as the registrant country code expires within this period, it will not be automatically renewed. When it expires, it will be moved to the withdrawn status.

  • As of 2 March 2021, all registrants who did not demonstrate their eligibility will be deemed ineligible and their domain names will be withdrawn.  A withdrawn domain name no longer functions. It can no longer support any active services.

  • Twelve months after the UK withdrawal, all the affected domain names will be REVOKED and will become AVAILABLE for general registration.

More information from EURID can be found here.

Your Options

Although there is no certainty that all .EU domains registered by UK entities and residents will be revoked with Brexit takes place, there are some steps you can take to avoid any negative impacts the revocation may have:

  • You will have a grace period of 2 months (provided your domain is not expiring or renewing in that time), where you can use your .EU domain with no changes but our recommendation is to change your domain registrant contact data to a valid address in the European Union.

  • If you do not have an EU subsidiary, you may need to investigate setting up a new domain as soon as possible, and start redirecting traffic from your .EU domain to your new domain.

  • We are currently working on other possible solutions to maintain your .EU registration.

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