Two updates from EURid, the registry for .eu domains.
EURid, the registry for the .eu country code domain, made a couple big announcements this week.
First, residents of Romania and Bulgaria will now be able to register .eu domains. This is effective January 1st as the two countries enter the European Union. In practice, residents of all countries have been able to register .eu domains by setting up simple business entities in qualified countries. However, EURid has promised to revoke .eu registrations made by Romania and Bulgaria residents prior to January 1, 2007: “Should EURid, in the course of its investigations, encounter domain names that were registered by Bulgarian and Romanian residents before January 1, 2007, i.e. before they became eligible to register .eu domain names, those names will be revoked in accordance with Public Policy Rules.Â The registrants will be informed of the revocation of their domain names via e-mail.”
Second, EURid announced a new code of conduct for registrars. Registrars do not need to meet the qualifications of the code, but doing so will allow them to display a qualification logo on their web site and be listed on the EURid web site. Accredidation for .eu registrars is less stringent than ICANN accredidation, which has caused some problems.
The launch of .EU was the #4 domain name news story of 2006.