Following a Pandemic Bump, .EU Gets A Slight Case of Post-Pandemic Blues

EURid’s stable of domain names, .eu, .ею and .ευ, are suffering some post-COVID pandemic blues. Over the last three years registrations for EURid’s three top-level domains jumped 95,953. But it’s a story of a pandemic bump, where many TLDs saw a jump in registrations as businesses that weren’t online went online, along with new ventures for existing businesses, and a slight decline following.

From the end of December 2019 to end 2020, registrations jumped 78,673 to 3,684,984. There was another jump of 28,820 in the next 12 months to 3,713,804. But in the 12 months since there’s been a decline of 11,540 to 3,702,264, according to the latest quarterly report from EURid.

In the last three months of 2022, total registrations for the three TLDs dropped 18,835 from 3,721,099 to 3,702,264 according to the report.

.eu remained the fifth largest European ccTLD at the end of 2022 behind .de (Germany) with 17,409,545 registrations followed by .uk (United Kingdom) with 11,154,983, .nl (Netherlands) with 6,286,643, .fr (France) with 3,979,042 and .eu with 3,673,563.

The five largest countries for .eu, .ею and .ευ registrations were Germany with 997,352 registrations followed by Netherlands (463,116), France (305,672), Italy (272,302) and Poland (228,700).

In other quarterly news, there were 186,117 new .eu registrations. Leading the growth in registrations were Luxembourg (15.9%), Bulgaria (1.6%) and the Czech Republic (1.2%).

There were also 40,248 internationalised domain names (IDNs) under .eu with 36,315 IDNs under .eu in Latin, 1,315 in Cyrillic and 2,618 in Greek. There were also 5,984 multi year registrations.

Also during the fourth quarter, EURid participated in initiatives in four countries, gave a cyber-security course at Pisa University, held its first ever .eu day with .eu Academy Masterclasses and announced the winners of the 2022 .eu Web Awards on 17 November in Mechelen, Belgium.

Since the end of 2022, EURid announced on 24 January that following their recent EMAS audit that successfully concluded confirming their registration under the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme through March 2024. Organisations following the Scheme are committed to improving their environmental performance. An EMAS certificate is based on the ISO14001 standard which requires yearly internal audits as well as a 3-year (re-)certification cycle by an external auditor.

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