To comply with post-Brexit rules, UK .eu domain holders have been granted a three-month extension to the original deadline set by Eurid.
At the moment, the UK still has tens of thousands of owners of web domains with an .eu extension.
The UK officially cut ties with the EU on 31st December 2020.
From that point, numerous UK domain holders no longer had a right to own a domain name that ends with ‘.eu’.
Since the start of January, many websites and email addresses have faced suspension, but now their owners have received some extra breathing room before they lose their domains permanently.
Eurid, the registry manager of these domain names, sees this as an opportunity for non-compliant domain holders to make the changes needed to comply with the European regulatory framework.
According to EU regulations, non-EU citizens cannot own .eu domains.
This has resulted in up to 81,000 suspensions since 1st January 2021.
However, a suspension is not a complete withdrawal.
Initially, the deadline to comply was set to 31st March 2021, but now the new deadline is 30th June 2021.
Around 8,000 suspended .eu domains have since been reinstated.
Failure to comply up until 1st July 2021 will result in the withdrawal of the domain.
To comply, domain owners are asked to update their details.
Here, they are presented with several options to satisfy the compliance requirements:
- Changing their address to an EU-based one
- Indicating their residence in an EU state
- Displaying EU citizenship
Eurid has confirmed that domains will be reinstated once users appropriately change their contact data.
Many UK domain owners have abandoned their .eu domains and set up new domain names instead.
In 2017, there were over 300,000 of these domains – now, they are down to 120,000.