REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL On the implementation, functioning and effectiveness of the .eu Top-Level Domain
1. This report informs both the European Parliament and Council on the implementation, effectiveness and functioning of the “.eu” internet Top-Level Domain (TLD) from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2017. The Commission is required to submit a report on .eu every two years. This is the sixth progress report on the operation of .eu.
2. According to the report, over the last eleven years of operation, the .eu TLD model has been implemented successfully and is performing effectively. At the end of Quarter 1 2017, the .eu TLD was 7th largest country code TLD in the world. It also notes that .eu now has over 3.7 million registrations. The UK has the fourth largest number of registrations within the EU (340,000) which is the same number as the last report.
3. The report notes however, that the domain name market has changed significantly over the past two years with the introduction of new ‘generic Top-Level Domain’ names (gTLDs) such as .car and .hotel. This and other factors has led to a flattening of .eu take up during 2016.