.eu “a real and tangible success” EC Vice-President on 5 years of .eu
Brussels, 19 April 2011 – Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, hailed the .eu top-level domain as “a real and tangible success” in her speech at a dinner hosted on 12 April 2011 to celebrate the top-level domain’s fifth birthday.
Mrs Kroes called .eu “a great tool” for European businesses, predicting that future growth in the .eu top-level domain will come from reaching out to more small- to mid-sized enterprises (SMEs). The list of international companies using .eu for their European online presence is growing ever longer she observed.
During a review of the last five years, Mrs Kroes noted that the inclusion of Cyrillic, Greek and special Latin characters in .eu domain names, known as Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs), reinforces Europe’s multicultural and multilingual heritage. “EURid plays a crucial role in putting into practice our cultural diversity online,” she said.
The EC Vice-President welcomed EURid’s efforts in the field of Internet security, especially .eu’s successful implementation of Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) in September 2010, and concluded that these activities help “protect the Internet from large scale failure and make it a place where everyone is safe”. EURid, the dinner host, is the registry for the .eu top-level domain.
Neelie Kroes’ speech will be made available for download from http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/cf/commissioner-kroes.cfm?type=speeches.
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About .eu and EURid
The .eu domain ranks among the ten largest top-level domains in the world, connecting 500 million people in 27 EU countries to one Internet identity. More than three million .eu names have been registered since the domain opened for registration in 2005. Many companies use a .eu website as a practical solution to convey a clear European identity, including Bridgestone, Century 21, Hyundai, the MAN Group, Microsoft Corporation and the UniCredit Group.
EURid is the not-for-profit organisation appointed by the European Commission to operate the .eu top-level domain. EURid works with over 850 accredited registrars and provides support in the 23 official EU languages. 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.