Brexit Uncertainty Continues To Hammer .EU

Registrations of .eu domain names dropped by just over 21,000 in the third quarter of 2019 according to EURid’s Q3 2019 Progress Report. Of those, registrations to British registrants declined by over 7,500 due to Brexit uncertainty.

Brexit has created havoc with .eu registrations to British registrants. When, or maybe if, Britain leaves the European Union, the European Commission has determined British registrants without citizenship of an EU country (for individuals) or without an office in an EU country (for businesses) will become ineligible to hold or register .eu domain names.

As a result, .eu domain name registrations to British registrants have almost halved in 2 years, plummeting from 303,564 at the end of the third quarter of 2017 to 273,060 at the end of the third quarter 2018. In the last 12 months alone they dropped 118,327 to 154,733 at the end of the third quarter of 2019 and in the last 3 months registrations dropped 7,554.

Total .eu registrations decreased from 3,602,573 at the end of second quarter of 2018 to 3,581,478 at the end of the third, a drop of 21,095 according to the report. In the 12 months from the end of the third quarter 2018, registrations were down 166,401 from 3,747,879. Taking out the British-based registrants, .eu registrations were down 48,074 for the year.

Combined there were 3,617,530 .eu and .ею domain names registered at the end of Q3 2019, down from 3,623,691 at the end of the second quarter and 3,747,879 at the end of the third quarter 2018.

Some of the highlights of EURid’s Q3 2019 Progress Report noted in the report are:

  • 166,984 new domain name registrations recorded
  • Portugal tops the list of top growth countries with 39.2% growth, and 103.8% in 12 months, followed by Norway (11.2%) and Slovenia (2.9%)
  • the average renewal rate was 78.3%
  • 35,706 internationalised domain names (IDNs) under .eu and 1,656 IDNs under .eu in Cyrillic
  • the top countries for .eu registrations were Germany with 979,797 registrations followed by the Netherlands (466,741) and France (326,998) while the UK comes in seventh.

EURid also reported a number of developments during the quarter including:

  • EURid started to use’s RcodeZero DNS Anycast technology powered by
  • Researchers from the University of Leuven, in collaboration with EURid, published a third paper related to the identification of malicious domain names.
  • A dedicated page was published for the .ευ (.eu in Greek) forthcoming launch, planned for 14 November 2019
  • The fee for a basic .eu ADR procedure was further discounted.

During the third quarter EURid also unveiled the 2019 .eu Web Awards finalists. There were 139 nominees with more than 5,500 votes. The 15 finalists are invited to attend the gala on 20 November 2019 in Brussels, where the winners will be announced.

The EURid Q3 2019 Progress Report is available to download here [pdf].

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