EU Creation Moves Ahead

BRUSSELS (07/05/2000) - The European Commission revealed Wednesday that it will rapidly move to register its ".eu" address as a top level domain name.

"Within days, we will go to ICANN, " referring to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the recently created new Internet governance body, a Commission spokesman told IDG News Service.

For the Commission, the creation of a .eu domain is important to strengthen the image and the infrastructure of the Internet in Europe by allowing European industry and citizens to identify each other on the World Wide Web.

The domain name's creation is however also motivated by evidence that existing generic top level domain name for commercial bodies, .com, is already congested, according to the Commission.

Moreover, the new top level domain would let companies avoid the necessity of registering in different EU countries, according to the Commission. Currently, each EU country has its own domain -- ".fr" for France, for example. The .eu domain would eliminate the existing country domains, however.

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