.eu domain names to be cancelled upon Brexit
The European Commission have issued a Notice to Stakeholders advising that from 30 March 2019 (the planned date for the UK to leave the European Union) UK-based organisations and persons will no longer be eligible to hold .eu domain names.
This Notice has been issued to the registry for .eu domain names EURid as well, and the potential impact is that on 30 March 2019 over 300,000 .eu domains will be cancelled.
At present, the following persons are eligible to register .eu domain names:
(i) undertakings having their registered office, central administration or principal place of business within the EU;
(ii) organisations established within the EU (without prejudice to the application of national law); and
(iii) natural persons resident within the EU.
The UK’s departure from the EU means that many UK organisations and individuals will no longer be able to meet the criteria. Whilst it is possible that an arrangement may be reached in the final months of Brexit negotiations, the letter is a warning shot to all .eu domain name owners.
We are reaching out directly to EURid to discuss this in more detail and hope to be able offer a solution to our UK-based clients affected by this announcement.
For the time being, no action is required.
For further information, please contact your Client Manager or email@example.com.