The final countdown to the advent of Europe’s own .eu internet identity, by the end of 2005, has begun. In the coming days, the IANA will put the .eu top level domain in the Internet root, further to a 21 March agreement between the ICANN and the .eu Registry (EURid). As from the beginning of 2006, businesses and citizens will be able to register .eu internet addresses.
Following the signature of the contract between the European Commission and EURid, the organization selected by the European Commission to operate the .eu Registry, in 12 October 2004, the Commission authorized EURid to negotiate with ICANN an agreement for the delegation of the .eu TLD. This agreement, now approved by the Commission, enshrines ICANN’s official recognition that EURid will be the body appointed by the European Union to run the .eu TLD for the next five years.
[EU Press release IP/05/467, April 21, 2005]