On Thursday the European Commission announced it would bar individuals and organisations from registering or renewing .eu domain names following the UK’s departure from the European Union.
As of the withdrawal date, undertakings and organisations that are established in the United Kingdom but not in the EU and natural persons who reside in the United Kingdom will no longer be eligible to register .eu domain names or, if they are .eu registrants, to renew .eu domain names registered before the withdrawal date.
Accredited .eu Registrars will not be entitled to process any request for the registration of or for renewing registrations of .eu domain names by those undertakings, organisations and persons.
The statement also goes on to say domains already registered may be cancelled before their renewal date.
Where, as of the withdrawal date and as a result of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, a holder of a domain name does no longer fulfil the general eligibility criteria pursuant to Article 4(2)(b) of Regulation (EC) 733/2002, the Registry for .eu will be entitled to revoke such domain name on its own initiative and without submitting the dispute to any extrajudicial settlement of conflicts in accordance with point (b) of Article 20, first subparagraph, of Commission Regulation (EC) No 874/2004.
The full PDF statement says this decision could form part of any transition agreement between the United Kingdom and the EU.
Since I own and make heavy use of anderson.eu.com I’ve been trying to monitor the situation but as you would expect there is little information available just now.
Since my domain is actually a .eu.com domain and as such managed by CentralNIC, a UK-based company, and not EURid I have not yet found any indication that my domain name will be affected – but like everything to do with the UK’s departure from the EU, things are still up in the air.