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'dot EU' draws closer

A Communication which set out a strong desire for the creation of a 'dot EU' domain name on the Internet, was adopted by the European Commission yesterday. The lack of a top level domain (TLD) for Europe has meant that many leading European companies have had to seek a US-ba...

A Communication which set out a strong desire for the creation of a 'dot EU' domain name on the Internet, was adopted by the European Commission yesterday. The lack of a top level domain (TLD) for Europe has meant that many leading European companies have had to seek a US-based listing, in particular, '.com'. The difficulty inherent in this is the lack of knowledge of where the company is based and what regulations are associated with its operations. The creation of the EU domain name forms part of the 'eEurope' action plan which was approved at the recent Portuguese Feira summit. The initiative, which is shown to have broad support across Europe, would help increase the level of e-commerce across Europe. Following public consultation, the Commission will continue to consult with private and public sector participants in order to help draw up the guidelines for the registration policy of '.EU'. Negotiations with ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and with the US government are also expected to continue.

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