While broadly welcoming the Commission's e-Europe initiative, CENTR members agreed that the specific proposal relating to the creation of a .EU Domain required significant and detailed analysis. CENTR members expect to be invited to contribute to a public consultation process.
Where appropriate, CENTR members will use established ties with their national Internet communities to review and analyse the proposal, and to provide input on: The merits of creating .EU from the perspective of the Internet end user and the demand for such Domain Names throughout Europe; The legal implications of creating .EU (Competition law governing registration agreements with .eu TLD registrants and the jurisdiction of courts in member states; dispute avoidance and online dispute resolution, conflicts with national Domain Name registrations and Domain Name warehousing) The registration policies appropriate to such a new Top Level Domain - a TLD which is neither a country code TLD nor a global generic TLD (e.g. .com, .int); The role of the national Internet communities in the process of determining the creation of such a new TLD.
CENTR will give these efforts high priority and expects to publish its report in March 2000.
The European Commission's Working Paper, Creation of the .EU Internet Top Level Domain Registry can be seen at:
More information on CENTR can be found at:
25 February, 2000