Brussels, 5 May 2006
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.”
EUROPA.eu 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 “europa.eu” family. (See annex).
The institutions’ current “.eu.int” 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