The European Union’s top-level domain .eu turned 15 this week, celebrating entering adolescence Wednesday.
15 wonderful years have passed since .eu was launched publicly. Since then, EURid, the .eu registry manager, has significantly developed .eu, offering the TLD to residents of the EU and EEA as well as EU citizens around the world. In launching the .ею (Cyrillic script) and .ευ (Greek script) country code top-level domain names, and through the implementation of various solutions like DNSSEC and APEWS, EURid has created a safe, stable, credible, and multilingual European online extension.
“Today we celebrate fifteen years of providing great service to great stakeholders,” said Marc Van Wesemael, EURid’s General Manager. “With 3.6 million domain names registered, we continue to consolidate our operations, simplify processes, and add value to our domain name products. We are honoured to have had the opportunity to serve this important extension as the managing registry and are excited to see what the coming years will bring.”
It has been important to us to celebrate all of the amazing .eu users throughout these 15 years by collecting and sharing their testimonials, as well as launching the yearly .eu Web Awards back in 2014 in celebration of the most impressive .eu websites that have helped to create the vibrant success of the European online community.
“We have worked collaboratively with our wonderful, accredited registrar community, whose tireless support and promotion of .eu has helped us to build the .eu we know today,” said Giovanni Seppia, EURid`s External Relations Manager. “Thank you for these 15 fabulous years, we look forward to the opportunity to continue the .eu journey together!”
The top country of origin for registrants today is Germany with 1,000,882 registrations followed by the Netherlands (474,483), France (308,461), Italy (278,588), Poland (233,186), Czech Republic (183,234), Austria (157,513), Belgium (147,668) and Spain (128,866) being the countries with more than 100,000 registrations.
However .eu was rocked by Brexit as British businesses and individuals became ineligible to hold or register .eu domains once the United Kingdom left the EU and the transition period came to an end on 31 December 2020. Today only those businesses with a registered office in the European Union or the wider European Economic Area, or an individual with citizenship within the EU/EEA no matter where they live in the world, are eligible to register .eu domain names. At the end of the second quarter of 2018 there were 304,133 .eu domain names registered to British registrants, and today there are practically none.
EURid have put together a video commemorating their 15 year journey here: