As we previously reported, EURid (the .eu registry) announced that as of 29 March 2019, organisations that are established in the UK but not in the EU and natural persons who reside in the UK will no longer be eligible to register or renew .eu domains. Registrants of .eu domains must have a physical location within a member state of the EU. The European Commission released a notice which highlighted the following key points:

  • Businesses and individuals residing in the UK will no longer be eligible to register .eu domains
  • Existing .eu domain registrations that are owned by UK business or individuals may be revoked by EURid
  • Rights recognised or established by the United Kingdom, but not by EU-27 Member States or by the Union, can no longer be invoked in procedures when challenging any .eu domain names that are identical or confusingly similar to a name that is protected by UK or EU law (i.e. to prevent domain squatting).

Lexsynergy has established a local presence within the EU which our clients will be able to utilise for .EU registrations at no additional charge. Lexsynergy will be in touch with clients affected by the change in eligibility criteria so that they can be updated to comply with such changes.