European Commission Steps Up Push For .eu

Published July 8th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Making good on its promise to continue lobbying for the addition of a Europe-specific Internet domain, the European Commission earlier this week expounded on its proposal to add ".eu" to the legacy root server.  

As Newsbytes reported in January, the European Commission first officially proposed the .eu domain at one of its regular meetings earlier this year. On Wednesday the EC outlined the specifics of its request that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to authorize the addition of the domain to the root  

In a "communication" adopted this week, the commission lays forth the steps that ICANN and the US Government must take to establish .eu.  

The communication also rehashes the EC's long-held arguments in favor of a Europe-specific domain.  

European companies have long clamored for a Europe-specific Internet domain, and EC officials will argue the need for the new Internet zip code at ICANN's meeting in Yokohama, Japan, later this month..  

Gerard de Graaf, first secretary to the European Commission's US delegation had told Newsbytes earlier this year that the EC was hoping for .eu approval in time for ICANN's March meeting in Cairo. 

While every one of the European Union's member countries has its own country-code top level domain (ccTLD), there is no domain for the European Union as a single body, a vexing situation for European business, EC officials contend.  

ICANN is the not-for-profit company charged by the US Department of Commerce with managing the Internet domain name system. Any decision to add new country code domains must be approved by the ICANN Board of Directors.  

ICANN representatives did not return calls for this story -- (Several Sources)

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