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Brexit update on the .eu TLD

Urgent action required until March 30, 2019 for .eu registrants residing or established in the United Kingdom due to Brexit.

Shorty summary:
UK residents might no longer be eligible to register or renew .eu domains after Brexit. To be on the safe side we offer to use our trustee service. Affected domains might be deleted otherwise.

Since there is current uncertainty about the further proceedings around the Brexit we will continue to inform you about developments. In any case we want to make sure you and your clients residing in UK have all necessary information at hand to be able to properly manage and keep their .eu domain.

Background information:
EURID, the .eu registry has notified its registrars that based on current EU regulations natural persons / organizations residing / established in the UK will no longer be eligible to register or renew .eu domain names as they no longer meet the eligibility requirements in case no withdrawal agreement is reached.

The European Commission provided the following notice:
“The revocation of existing holders’ rights and the prohibition for registrars from processing any more requests for registrations or renewals for .eu domain names whose holders are no longer eligible must be prepared so that the necessary measures are effective as from 1 January 2021 or, in case that there were no withdrawal agreement in force before 30 March 2019, as from 30 March 2019. 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 registry has provided an information page for further details.

This means that while existing registrations can continue until the end of their registration period, new registrations and renewals of existing registrations will no longer be possible. To avoid any issues for your customers, we are recommending that registrants transfer ownership of the domain name to a third party (Trustee) established in or resident in the EU that will allow the former registrant continued use of the domain name. Key-Systems is able to provide such a service through a trusted third party. Please see the Trustee agreement in the interface of your RRProxy account for more details and the conditions of this service.

Please inform all affected customers to avoid any unintended failures to renew .eu domain names and outages due to registry deactivation.



  • As announced by EURid in May of 2016 and further reminded in June 2018, the Cyrillic domain name(s) with the Latin .eu extension will be phased-out, i.e. deleted, following a three-year phase-out period on 31 May 2019.
  • From 1 June 2019, only Cyrillic domain names with the Cyrillic .ею extension (Cyrillic.Cyrillic) will remain registered.

In order to avoid an interruption in their web presence as of 1 June 2019, registrants should only use their Cyrillic.Cyrillic domain name. EURid will send an email on the matter to all Cyrillic.Latin and Cyrillic.Cyrillic domain name holders accordingly. Please follow up with your impacted registrants on the matter.

API commands

Please find in the following a set of the most commonly used standard API commands in order to register, modify, renew, and transfer a domain name.

Domain Registration

(API Command reference » AddDomain)
command         = AddDomain
domain          = yourdomain.eu
period          = (INT)
ownercontact0   = (CONTACT)
admincontact0   = (CONTACT)
techcontact0    = (CONTACT)
billingcontact0 = (CONTACT)
nameserver0	= (NAMESERVER)
X-EU-REGISTRANT-CITIZENSHIP = (TEXT)(mandatory for European citizens outside the EU)
  • A registration service is available for non-EU citizens where a third party agrees the domain at the request of the end customer and permit the use of the domain. Please note that this is not a trustee service as the third party provider is the actual owner of the domain name with all attached rights.
  • European citizens living outside of the EU can register .EU domains without this service while using the X-EU-REGISTRANT-CITIZENSHIP parameter

Domain Modification

(API Command reference » ModifyDomain)
Standard command
command = ModifyDomain
domain  = yourdomain.eu

Change of registrant

command         = ModifyDomain
domain          = yourdomain.eu
ownercontact0   = (CONTACT)
X-EU-REGISTRANT-CITIZENSHIP = (TEXT)(mandatory for European citizens outside the EU)
  • A trustee service is available for non-EU citizens.
  • European citizens living outside of the EU can show their legibility to register .EU domains using the X-EU-REGISTRANT-CITIZENSHIP parameter

Domain Renewal

(API Command reference » RenewDomain)
command    = RenewDomain
domain     = yourdomain.eu
period     = (INT)
expiration = (INT)

Domain Deletion

(API Command reference » DeleteDomain)
COMMAND = DeleteDomain
DOMAIN = yourdomain.eu

Domain Transfer

(API Command reference » TransferDomain)

Transfer procedure

command     = TransferDomain
domain      = yourdomain.eu
action  = request
auth        = XXXX-1234-1234-1234
ownercontact0   = (CONTACT)
nameserver0 = (optional)
nameserver1 = (optional)
X-EU-REGISTRANT-CITIZENSHIP = (TEXT)(mandatory for European citizens outside the EU)
  • The authcode must be explicitly requested via the SetAuthCode command through the current registrar before initiating a transfer
  • Effective May 16, 2018, the transmission of the owner contact is required for .eu domain name transfers.
  • It might be necessary to provide the name servers in cases where the current ones cannot be parsed.


command = SetAuthCode
domain = yourdomain.eu
action = set | delete (optional: default = set)
  • The authorisation code includes a total of 16 letters and digits separated by dashes, in the following format XXXX-AAAA-BBBB-CCCC. You need the complete code in order to start the transfer process. An authorisation code is valid for 40 days from the date of issue or until it is used, whichever comes first.
  • Authorisation codes will not be issued for domain names that are blocked, reserved, withdrawn or under registry lock.

Domain Restore

(API Command reference » RestoreDomain)
Standard command
command = RestoreDomain
domain  = yourdomain.eu

Transfer from quarantine for domains at other registrars

command     = TransferDomain
domain      = yourdomain.eu
action  = request
auth        = XXXX-1234-1234-1234
ownercontact0   = (CONTACT)
nameserver0 = (optional)
nameserver1 = (optional)
  • Deleted .eu domains under the management of another registrar can be restored from quarantine and simultaneously transferred to Key-Systems ("transfer from quarantine").
  • A change of registrant from quarantine is NOT possible.

Domain Extensions


A trustee service is available for registrants outside of the EU.
X-EU-REGISTRANT-LANG* Sets the domain owner's language displayed in the EURid WHOIS.

* Can be set to one of the following tags (defaults to en):
elModern Greek
nlDutch Flemish

Domain Extensions for natural persons

X-EU-REGISTRANT-CITIZENSHIPPrivate persons with European citizenship who do not live in the EU can register .eu domains by transmitting the parameter with the commands AddDomain, ModifyDomain and TransferDomain.
at Austria
be Belgium
bg Bulgaria
cz Czech
cy Cyprus
de Germany
dk Dansk
es Spain
ee Estonia
fi Finland
fr France
gr Greece
hu Hungary
ie Ireland
it Italy
li Liechtenstein
lt Lithuania
lu Luxembourg
lv Latvia
mt Malta
nl Netherlands
pl Poland
pt Portugal
ro Romania
se Sweden
sk Slovakia
si Slovenia
hr Croatia

Domain Restrictions

The following categories of companies, organisations and individuals will be able to register a .eu domain:

  • undertakings having their registered office, central administration or principal place of business within the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway;
  • organisations established within the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway without prejudice to the application of national law;
  • natural persons resident European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway;
  • citizens of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway, independently of their place of residence
  • All others can use our trustee service.
  • As there is no existing admin contact at the registry, the admin contact in our system will always be the same as the owner contact.

Abuse Prevention Early Warning System(APEWS): Launch of a new mechanism that determines whether the delegation is delayed

  • 1.1. Introduction
    • The status Delayed indicates that the delegation of a domain name in the .eu zone file cannot be completed immediately. A registration may have this status whenever name servers are added for the first time, either during the registration process or later when updating the domain name.
    • EURid postponed the immediate delegation in the .eu zone file for this domain name.
    • Any update, delete or transfer transactions can be performed on a delayed domain name via EPP commands or the Registrar Extranet. However, these changes will not be reflected in the .eu zone file. Delayed domain names are temporarily inactive, which means that the website or email address is not working.
    • The APEWS (Abuse Prevention Early Warning System) algorithm has been developed by KU Leuven University (Belgium). The algorithm will flag potentially abusive registrations and prevent the immediate delegation of these domain names. EURid will make the final decision on the delegation. The APEWS mechanism could cause the status Delayed to be assigned to more domain names on average.
  • 1.3. Why delay the delegation of a domain name?
    • By default, domain names will be immediately delegated into the .eu zone file once name servers have been defined.
    • Delayed delegation is a dedicated EURid service that will prevent suspicious domain names from entering the .eu zone file immediately. Before the final delegation of a domain name, parameters are checked by verification systems based on machine learning rules. The parameters include but are not limited to: registration data of the domain name holder; name servers used; or abuse notifications from third parties (e.g. spam house). The verification systems will receive notification of registered domain names and will verify if these domain names could potentially lead to abuses. If so, a verification email message is sent to the domain name holder with the registrar in copy.
    • Delayed delegation relies on the APEWS algorithm developed by KU Leuven University. The algorithm will suggest a decision regarding whether or not to delay the delegation of a domain name.

IDN Information

Additional details about available IDN characters can be found on the registry website.

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