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Brussels, 5 May 2006

European institutions’ new Web identity to celebrate Europe Day, 9 May.

The European institutions’ sites will start operating under the “.eu” top level domain on 9 May 2006, Europe Day. It means that they can now use this domain to project their own web identity, as EU citizens have been able to do since 7 April 2006. The institutions’ internet addresses will change to the “. eu” suffix as of 9 May 2006.

Margot Wallström, Vice-President of European Commission, responsible for Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy, said: “The new web identity of the Institutions is symbolic. The EU should focus less on “.institutions” but more on “ .Europeans”. The “.eu” domain will make EU more visible on the Internet, also to its citizens.” will become the single Internet “brand” of, and the single online entry point to, all the EU institutions and agencies. All the EU institutions and agencies are moving under EUROPA, and their addresses become part of the “” family. (See annex).

The institutions’ current “” addresses will continue to be accessible for a transitional period of at least one year.

The new “.eu” internet domain, which was launched under the responsibility of Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding, opened for everybody on 7 April 2006 (see IP/06/476), and has proven immensely popular, with over one million names registered to date. Implementation of the infrastructure changes has been assured by the by the Directorate General Informatics, under the responsibility of Vice-President Kallas.

Further info on .eu, Europe’s own internet domain: MEMO/06/159

New addresses of the Institutions, Agencies and other Bodies at the third level domain within the TLD .eu

Correspondence between old and new URLs
Old URLs
New URLs
All institutions
Court of Justice
Court of Auditors
Data Protection Supervisor
Economic and Social Committee
Committee of the Regions
European Investment Bank
European Investment Fund
European Environment Agency
European Environment Information and Observation Network
European Reconstruction Agency (Kosovo)
European Medicines Agency
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
European Aviation Safety Agency
European Maritime Safety Agency
European Food Safety Authority
Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union
European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training
European Union Satellite Centre
European Training Foundation
European Foundation for the Improvment of Living and Working Conditions
European Union Institute for Security Studies
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Community plant variety office
Office for Harmonisation of Internal Market
European Police Office
The European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit
European Network and Information Security Agency
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
European Defence Agency
Publications Office
European Personnel Selection Office
Conference of Community and European Affairs Committees of Parliaments of the European Union
European Railway Agency
European Chemicals Agency
European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders (FRONTEX)
European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC)

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