.eu domains – EURid has sent out its first Brexit notification to UK registrants

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The UK has now left the EU, and the transition period during which most of EU law continues to be applicable in the UK is scheduled to end on 31 December 2020 (“Exit Day”).

On 1 October 2020, EURid sent out its first Brexit notification informing existing .eu domain registrants residing in the UK that they will cease to be eligible to own a .eu domain as of 1 January 2021 unless they can demonstrate that they are eligible and update their registration data accordingly and prior to Exit Day.

Our previous Law-Now article “Brexit: Are you or your business eligible to hold a .eu domain as of 1 January 2021?” sets out the eligibility criteria for a .eu domain.

On 21 December 2020 EURid will send a reminder to those registrants who did not demonstrate their eligibility by updating their registrant details.

Registrants who have failed to demonstrate their compliance with the new criteria will be notified on 1 January 2021 (EU time) that their .eu domain is withdrawn, with the effect that the withdrawn domain will no longer function and can no longer support active services such as websites or email. Withdrawn .eu domain names will be revoked as of 1 January 2022 and will forthwith become available again for registration.

It would be prudent for any UK organisation or undertaking and any UK citizen or resident owning .eu domain names to review their domain name strategy now, to register an alternative domain as a contingency, and to update their registration details (if applicable).