I’ve got a .eu domain, more as a novelty than anything else as it is used simply as a redirect to kenmc.com and the name itself (kenmc.eu) certainly isn’t promoted in any circles. Tens of thousands of people applied over the Sunrise period for .eu registration a year ago or so. A lot of people got the domains they were looking for. Of course, hundreds of domain registrars were created and used during the landrush once the gates opened for public registration and many people lost out on domains and the whole registrations process turned into one big farce.
Without any decent controls in place from the outset, what was deemed a good TLD and a good idea at the time for European businesses and individuals has become a domain joke.
In an effort to correct or prevent further disputes and also guide the public on choosing a .eu registrar, the .EU Code Of Conduct has been launched.
In broad terms, the .eu registrar Code of Conduct describes what principles subscribing registrars are to adhere to when registering domain names on behalf of their customers. It also details the level of service quality they are to provide, the data privacy policies they are to adhere to and the conditions surrounding the use of the official Code of Conduct Affiliate logo.
Home come this wasn’t laid out at the very start? EURID has already lowered the base cost of registering a .eu domain, supposed to be 5 Euro but I’ve yet to see a registrar bending to this price.
The document in full, the .EU Code of Conduct can be downloaded here (.pdf) or view the website.