.EU domain names registration changes and Brexit
Due to the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, the European Commission has made the decision to revoke existing .EU domain names and stop selling new .EU domains, to UK residents. So if your domain names are registered with an existing business or address withing the UK you need to take immediate action. The official timing for everything depends on how the withdrawal proceeds. The earliest that EURid – the registry for .EU domains – will revoke existing .EU domains from UK residents is March 30, 2019. This date can change, as Brexit negotiations are currently ongoing.
More information can be found at EURid’s official notice.
What are my options?
- If you have a valid address in the European Union that is not in the UK – you can update your domain registrant contact to keep the domain valid. Please note that you must use a valid registrant contact address according to valid ICANN guidelines.
- If changing the address is not a valid option for you – you will need to find another domain name that is not .EU. There are many options out there for you, including .UK and .CO.UK domains, or other ones relevant for your specific business needs.
The sad fact that Brexit is approaching is also affecting the ways Digital Marketing is conducted (as this is not an isolated topic from the whole economic & business landscape). There is nothing you should be worried about but we recommend you to stay up to date with the changes and industry status quo updates as, if you are conducting business within or with the UK, which is somehow related to the EU, the standards which were applicable until now will gain new shape we all will need to comply with.
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