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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.

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)
Exception
command         = AddDomain
domain          = yourdomain.eu
period          = (INT)
ownercontact0   = (CONTACT)
admincontact0   = (CONTACT)
techcontact0    = (CONTACT)
billingcontact0 = (CONTACT)
nameserver0	= (NAMESERVER)
X-EU-REGISTRANT-LANG = (TEXT)
X-EU-ACCEPT-TRUSTEE-TAC = 0|1

A trustee service is available for non-EU citizens.

Domain Modification

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

Domain Renewal

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

Domain Deletion

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

Domain Transfer

(API Command reference » TransferDomain)

Transfer procedure

Exception
command     = TransferDomain
domain      = yourdomain.eu
action  = request
auth        = XXXX-1234-1234-1234
ownercontact0   = (CONTACT)
nameserver0 = (optional)
nameserver1 = (optional)
  • 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.

Auth-Codes

Exception
command = SetAuthCode
domain = yourdomain.eu
action = set | delete (optional: default = set)

Domain Restore

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

Transfer from quarantine for domains at other registrars

Exception
command     = TransferDomain
domain      = yourdomain.eu
action  = request
auth        = XXXX-1234-1234-1234
ownercontact0   = (CONTACT)
nameserver0 = (optional)
nameserver1 = (optional)
X-ACCEPT-QUARANTINE = 1(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

X-ACCEPT-QUARANTINE1
X-EU-ACCEPT-TRUSTEE-TAC0|1

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):
bgBulgarian
csCzech
daDanish
deGerman
elModern Greek
enEnglsih
esSpanish
etEstonian
fiFinnish
frFrench
gaGaelic
hrCroatian
huHungarian
itItalian
ltLithuanian
lvLatvian
mtMaltese
nlDutch Flemish
plPolish
ptPortuguese
roRomanian
skSlovak
slSlovene
svSwedish

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 Community;
    • organisations established within the European Community without prejudice to the application of national law;
    • natural persons resident within the European Community.
    • residents of the following countries: Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein
  • 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.

IDN Information

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

Wedomains :)