Brexit Still Hurting .EU: EURid Quarterly Report

The total number of domains under management by EURid is still declining thanks largely to Brexit, and British registrants being no longer eligible to hold .eu domain names as of 1 January. But there are sources of optimism with registrations increasing in Slovenia (up 4.8%), followed by Latvia (3.8%) and Romania (3.0%) according to the latest Q2 2020 Progress Report from EURid released this week.

Total registrations in the .eu, .ею and .ευ (launched in late 2019) top-level domains declined to 3,606,143 at the end of the second quarter, down from 3,623,050 at the end of the first quarter, 3,623,691 at the end of the same quarter in 2019 and 3,790,450 at the end of the same quarter in 2018.

Most of this decline can be attributed to declines in registrations to Britons who will lose the right to register domain names in EURid’s top-level domains at the end of 2020 due to Brexit. For the same period the total number of .eu, .ею & .ευ domain names to Britons was 135,355 at the end of the second quarter, 142,600 at the end of the first quarter, 162,287 at the end of the second quarter 2019 and 304,133 at the end of the second quarter 2018. Over the same period tens of thousands of .eu domain names were also deleted, such as due to improved monitoring and non-eligible registration data.

Otherwise things are going fine! The quarterly report shows there were 163,277 new domain name registrations for the quarter, down from 190,011 in the first quarter, and there’s an average renewal rate of 83.9%, up from the first quarter’s 80.7%.

There were 38,394 registrations for internationalised domain names in the second quarter and 6,383 multi-year registrations.

The top countries by registrations remained Germany with 976,191 followed by the Netherlands (461,022), France (315,325), Italy (267,782) and Poland (226,524).

EURid reported the main developments during the quarter were:

  • Kick-off of the 7th annual .eu Web Awards competition
  • Partnership with the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ for the annual EURid UNESCO World Report on IDNs
  • Strengthening collaboration with the EUIPO and Ecommerce Foundation to benefit SMEs and .eu online stores
  • Brexit update regarding .eu domain names registered to individuals and undertakings residing in the United Kingdom and Gibraltar: the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and EU provides a transition period until 31 December 2020; as of 1 January 2021, 00:00:00 CET, EURid will no longer allow the registration of any new domain names by UK registrants.

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EURid’s Q2 2020 Progress Report, and an archive of all previous quarterly reports, is available for download here.

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