Brexit: guarantee the continuity of your .eu domain name

Sep 17, 2020  - written by  in Domain names

The transition period for Brexit is coming to an end. Get in compliance before January 1, 2021 (at 0:00 CET) in order to guarantee the continuity of your .eu domain name.

In June 2016, the United Kingdom indicated by referendum its intention to leave the European Union. “Brexit” (short for “British Exit”) refers to the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (EU), effective February 1, 2020.

This decision impacts the eligibility conditions on .eu domain names, which are reserved for people and entities located in the EU (European Union), and the European Economic Area (EEA) as well as EU citizens.

While a transition period was agreed to until December 31, 2020, this period is coming to an end and means that all .eu domain holders need to make sure of their compliance between now and January 1, 2020 at 0:00 CET.

Eligibility conditions for a .eu

In order to register a .eu domain name, people or entities need to meet hte following criteria:

  • be a citizen of the European Union, regardless of place of residence (example: a French person residing in Mexico), or
  • be a person who lives in an EU or EEA member state (for example, a Mexican who lives in France or Iceland), or
  • be a business established in the EU or EEA (headquarters or “siège statutaire“, central administration, or principal establishment), or
  • be an organization established in the EU or the EEA

You will need to make sure that you are in compliance with these criteria before January 1, 2021 (0:00 CET).

How do you get in compliance?

According to your specific case, you may be in one of two situations:

1. The current owner contact of your .eu domain name is an individual who is a citizen of a member country of the European Union

In this case, you can indicate the nationality of the domain name owner via your Gandi account in this way:

  • Once logged in to your Gandi account, navigate to the domain name management page
  • Click on your .eu domain name and then go to the “Domain contacts” section
  • Click on “Modify” to update the “Citizenship” field and then click “Save”

2. The current owner contact of your .eu domain name is a legal entity (a business or organization) or an individual who is not a citizen of the European Union and wishes to change the ownership of the domain to an eligible person or entity

To make this update, you should modify the owner of the domain name in your Gandi account using the following procedure:

  • Once logged in to your Gandi account, navigate to the domain name management page
  • Click on your .eu domain name and then go to the “Domain contacts” section
  • Click on “Change” to start the “Owner change” procedure

Please note that you’ll need to follow the above processes for each of your .eu domain names.

If you need help, please feel free to contact our Customer Care team for help: https://help.gandi.net/.

Risks of not being in compliance

Being in compliance is essential for guaranteeing the continuity of your .eu domain names after January 1, 2021.

The EURid registry, who is in charge of .eu domain names, has clarified that any domain name with a non-compliant owner on January 1, 2021 will be frozen and suspended for a period of one year, during which any action on the domain will not be possible. At the end of this period, domain names will be progressively made available to register again, which will mean the loss of your domain name.

In the end, this update will only take you 5 minutes or less, so don’t miss the due date!