.EU domain policies

.EU is the TLD for the European Community, and is managed by the EURid Registry.

There are certain names that are not available for registration. All one and two-character country codes are reserved from registration. In addition, .EU member states were allowed to submit a limited list of broadly recognized names related to geographical and/or geopolitical concepts which affect their political or territorial organization that either may not be registered, or may be registered only under a second level domain according to the public policy rules.

For more documentation about reserved and blocked names, see http://www.eurid.eu/en/get-eu/tips-registering-your-eu/blocked-and-reserved-names

Registration details

Registration details can be found in the TLD reference chart.

Residency requirements

The .EU Registry maintains the following list of General Eligibility requirements, one of which must be met in order to qualify to register a .EU domain:

  • an undertaking having its registered office, central administration or principal place of business within the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, or
  • an organisation established within the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein without prejudice to the application of national law, or
  • a natural person resident within the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

Contact information

When registering a .EU domain, registrants can keep their name private in the WHOIS record by leaving the Organization field blank. In that case, the email address displays in the registry WHOIS.

Renewals

Sixty days prior to the expiry date, a scheduled deletion request is submitted to the registry. If the domain is renewed during that sixty day period, the deletion request is removed and the domain is renewed at the end of the month in which it would have expired.

Renewals can be requested at any time during the domain's term. We will mark the domain as “renewal applied” and will not delete the name at the expiry date. The new expiry date for the domain will not change at the registry but will be visible within the Control Panel.

If a domain name is not renewed by its expiry date, it will then expire.  The previous quarantine process during which a domain was quarantined to the end of the expiry month no longer exists.

Transfers

.EU domain transfers can be processed via the standard domain transfer process.

When the transfer request is submitted, OpenSRS sends an email to the registrant asking them to confirm the transfer. When approving the transfer, they are required to enter their Transfer Authorization Code. The Transfer Authorization Code or 'Authcode' can be obtained from the current registrar for the domain. If confirmation is not received within five days of the request, the transfer is cancelled.

Once the registrant approves the request from OpenSRS, the transfer request is sent to the registry, and in the majority of cases, the transfer completes automatically.

The registry will be performing random verification checks to ensure that transfer requests are valid. In most cases, the verification process is straightforward, and the transfer completes within five days. If the registry requires further information to validate the transfer, they will contact the registrant directly, who then has five days in which to respond.

When the transfer process is complete, one year is added to the registration term and a charge is applied that is equal to the cost of a one year registration.

Note: If you want to transfer a domain to OpenSRS that is currently in quarantine, please submit the request through the RWI like a regular transfer, but also follow up with an email to help@opensrs.com. Be sure to include the domain name in the Subject line, and in the body of the email, state that you have submitted a transfer order for this name and that it is to be a TRANSFER-FROM-QUARANTINE. Once initiated, the transfer still needs to be confirmed by the registrant. The charge that is applied is for re-activating a quarantined name rather than a standard transfer fee.

 
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