.eu expands membership as part of continuing focus on quality
BRUSSELS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hailed as the most important development for the .eu top-level domain in Q2, the .eu registry EURid expanded its membership to include five new board members in April, according to the its Q2 2013 quarterly progress report, published today.
The new members, all associations with a strong Internet-oriented vision which are active on a European level, include: the Confederation of Computer User Associations (CECUA), the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA), the European Multi-Channel Online Trade Association (EMOTA), the Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe (IAB Europe) and the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME).
“I am pleased to welcome the representatives of these organisations as I believe we can benefit significantly from their extensive experience as we strive to further make .eu the top internet extension for European businesses,” commented .eu’s General Manager Marc Van Wesemael.
“As a company, we look forward to further shifting our focus towards a more all-inclusive view of the Internet, while at the same time staying rooted in the strong foundation of technical knowledge that we have built up through our cooperation with the founding members over the years.”
Q2 in numbers
During the second quarter, the total number of .eu registrations increased in 13 of the 28 EU Member States to reach 3.70 million domain names. Slovenia, Bulgaria and Austria all saw growth of more than 5%. Renewal rates stayed strong during Q2 at an average of 85%.
For more information on Q2 2013, download the full quarterly report at link.eurid.eu/reports.
About .eu and EURid
The .eu domain ranks among the largest top-level domains in the world, connecting 500 million people in 28 EU countries to one Internet identity. More than 3.5 million .eu names have been registered since the domain opened for registration in 2005. Many companies and brands use a .eu website as a practical solution to convey a clear European identity and their business ambitions, including Fairtrade International, Foot Locker, Louis Vuitton, the MAN Group, Microsoft Corporation, Orangina and Toyota.
EURid is the not-for-profit organisation that operates the .eu top-level domain, following a tender process and appointment by the European Commission. EURid works with over 850 accredited registrars and provides support in the 24 official EU languages. EURid is registered by the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), which is an expression of EURid’s environmental commitment. With headquarters in Brussels (Belgium), EURid also has regional offices in Pisa (Italy), Prague (the Czech Republic) and Stockholm (Sweden). More information at: http://www.eurid.eu.
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Source: .eu and EURid