The Commission decided on 22 May to designate the EURid consortium to run the dot EU (.eu) top level domain.
EURid - the European Registry for Internet Domains - is a not-for-profit organisation that brings together Belgian, Swedish and Italian domain administrators, with two associated members from the accession countries. The Commission published a call for bids on 3 September 2002, and bidding ended on 25 October 2002 (see alsoEURACTIV 26 March 2003). EURid's head office will be in Brussels, with regional offices in Sweden and Italy. EURid will work exclusively through a network of registrars to promote competition.
The Commission will now conclude a contract with EURid and will then take the necessary steps with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for the inclusion of .eu in the global Internet Domain Name System. Simultaneously, the Commission will establish the associated public policy rules. The .eu domain is expected to be operational by the end of 2003.