Commission cancels call for new .eu domain registry after ‘UK error’

The European Commission has cancelled a recent call for the selection of the next EU domain name registry, after an error on the previous announcement provided for UK-based organisations to take part.

According to an online post this week, the Commission’s original call “contained a clause, based on the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, informing UK applicants that they were eligible to participate in the selection procedure.”

“This clause was inserted during the transition period (1 February – 31 December 2020) on the basis of the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, during which EU law still applied in the United Kingdom,” the post continues, adding that the inclusion of the clause for applicants established in the United Kingdom in the call was an error.

The current registry manager of the .eu domain is EURid. The EU executive has said that it will launch a new call for selection “in the near future.”

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