.EU Registrations Continue To Drop Due To Brexit Fears

The number of .eu and .ею domain name registrations have continued to fall as the likelihood of Brexit draws nearer as most UK registrants will lose their eligibility. In the year to the end of March the number of .eu and .ею domain names registered to UK registrants declined 134,661 while total registrations dropped 162,390.

At the end of the first quarter of 2019, there were 3,661,899 .eu and .ею domain names registered according to EURid’s Quarterly Report [pdf] for the first quarter of 2019, down from 3,824,289 at the end of the first quarter 2018 and 3,755,475 at the end of the first quarter 2017. During this period the number of .eu and .ею domain names registered to UK registrants was 188,505 at the end of the first quarter of 2019, 323,166 (end Q1, 2018) and 308,667 (end Q1, 2017).

But there are still .eu domain names being registered with 175,794 new .eu registrations in Q1 2019. Ireland, Sweden and Portugal were the top countries in terms of registration percentage growth throughout the quarter, all with growth over 10%. For the year to the end of March, the top growth countries were Norway (36.5% registration growth), Cyprus (36.2%), Romania (31.9%) and Ireland (27.5%).

Overall the top countries by registrations were Germany (984,311 registrations), Netherlands (475,514), France (328,863), Poland (265,807) and Italy (265,060). And despite the huge drop in registration numbers, the United Kingdom is the sixth largest country of registrations with 188,505.

There were also a number of important developments for EURid including the introduction of the 2019 Reduction scheme, the CFM programme was audited and launched for 2019-2022 and the new .eu Regulation entered into force. EURid also continued their support of the Uganda Borehole project and the co-funded Marketing Programme for .eu accredited registrars was continued until 2022 following an in-depth assessment by an external party and the introduction of several procedural refinements.

There were also 36,804 internationalised .eu domain names and another 1,932 .ею, all in Cyrillic as per .eu rules. And the renewal rate for the quarter was 78.2%, up 1% since the fourth quarter of 2018.

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