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[FYI] Commission considers creation of dotEU Domain Name
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CORDIS RTD-NEWS/© European Communities, 2000.
Record Control Number: 14280
Category: General policy
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the
creation of a new Internet Top Level Domain, dotEU.
The proposal, one of the elements of Commission President Romano
Prodi's eEurope initiative launched in December 1999, would
strengthen the image and infrastructure of the Internet in Europe and
allow the identification of companies and institutions as European.
In the longer term it may strengthen the internal market and
stimulate electronic commerce.
The Internet Domain Name System (DNS) is the way in which businesses
and individuals identify each other on the World Wide Web. The
limited alternatives available in Europe have given rise to
organisations and individuals seeking Internet registration in the US
and elsewhere, for example with '.COM'. European Institutions
themselves have had to adopt 'sub-optimal' solutions, including
'.EU.INT' and '.CEC.BE'.
Launching the dotEU idea, the Commissioner for Enterprise and the
Information Society, Erkki Liikanen, said: 'The Commission has set
the ball rolling. It is now up to the Internet community to let us
know precisely how they would like to see the new Registry operate
for the benefit of as wide a range of users in the European Union as
The Commission's working document, 'The Internet Domain Name System
Creation of the .EU Top Level Domain', has raised several issues for
consultation, including how the registration policies should be
prepared and implemented, and how dispute resolution policy should be
formulated, with particular reference to trademarks.
A public on-line discussion is now open. Interested parties can
submit their comments and suggestions via e-mail to INFSO-Dot-EU-
Consult@cec.EU.int, or via the following Web page:
After a consultation period of six weeks, the Commission will make a
decision on how to proceed, in cooperation with the Council and
Data Source Provider: European Commission Press and Information
Document Reference: Based on press release IP/00/95 and consultation
with Commission spokesmen.
Subject Index Codes: Information Processing, Information Systems
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