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It's not known what model precisely EURid will follow, but it plans to start with a staff of 37, so presumably it will sell through registrars as is the norm. Will .eu be open to just Europeans or the rest of the world? Will it adopt the flawed ICANN UDRP domain resolution policy or cater to its own needs? Will the contract be with the registrant and EURid, or the registrant and register, or the register and EURid? All these are questions are to be answered in the next mind-bogglingly slow consultation period.
The commission who is working on the proposal and selection of the .eu registry has still no conclusion made.
I got this from the europa.eu.int website:
"1. Selection of the .eu TLD Registry
Further to the evaluation of the applications submitted in response to the Call for expressions of interest for the selection of the .eu TLD Registry, the Commission has launched a consultation process. This consultation process includes an internal consultation and the consultation of the Communications Committee (COCOM) established under the new Framework Directive for electronic communications networks and services. This Committee assists the Commission in the implementation of the .eu Regulation.
Consultation of the Member States (COCOM) is on-going. Once this process is completed the Commission will adopt a decision on the selection of the .eu TLD Registry.
At this stage, there is no official document published by the Commission on the selection of the .eu TLD Registry.
The Commission expects to take a decision in April 2003.
Once the decision of the Commission is adopted and published, additional information about the selection of the .eu TLD Registry including the number of applications received and the name and address of the selected contractor will become available on this website."
More information is on that website: