Last checked : 30/01/2019

Website domains

UK decision to invoke Article 50 of the TEU: More information

As of 30 March 2019, all EU law will cease to apply to the UK, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement establishes another date, or the European Council and the UK decide unanimously to extend the two-year negotiation period. For more information about the legal repercussions for businesses:

If you have a company and want to make it easier for your customers to find information about your business on the Internet, you can create a website.

You can access a website at its unique Internet Protocol (IP) address, a series of digits such as 136.173.60.59 or 91.194.202.11.

You will however also want a user-friendly, readable and memorisable domain name such as europarl.europa.eu or consilium.europa.eu

The domain name will be linked to the IP address; this way, when you type into a browser europarl.europa.eu you will be redirected to the IP address 136.173.60.59.

With a domain name registration you acquire the right to use the domain name. The registration does not guarantee any special protection as intellectual property. However, if a domain name is similar to a trade mark name, this could create IP infringement issues.

How to register a domain name

If the name you want is available, you can register a domain name through an accredited registrar which offers the top-level extension you are looking for. There is a wide choice of extensions to choose from including country-specific or generic extensions:

Depending on the type of extension you choose, eligibility criteria or rules may differ. After you choose the domain name and the top-level extension, you must pay a registration fee. The amount of money you have to pay depends on:

Need support from assistance services?

Get in touch with specialised assistance services

Contact a local business support partner

Local business support - Do you have questions on operating a business cross-border, for example exporting or expanding to another EU country? If so, the Enterprise Europe Network can give you free advice.

Share this page: