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.eu in Cyrillic characters

May 4, 2016

On June 1, EURid will launch the new extension .ею, the .eu top-level domain in Cyrillic.

At the same time, EURid will fully enforce the basic rule that the second-level script must match the script of the TLD extension (.eu, .ею). In other words, if the registrant wants to register the string abc, he must take abc.eu (with the Latin TLD extension). If the wished domain name is in Cyrillic script, the script at the top-level must be .ею (Cyrillic string). A registrant wishing to register an exclusively numeric domain name - possibly including hyphens - can use both TLDs.

Current domains registered in Cyrillic characters under .eu will undergo a "script adjustment phase": All Cyrillic domain names will be "cloned", a process where the Latin extension is replaced by the Cyrillic extension, and all linked contacts are copied. The original and cloned domain names will co-exist for a period of three years, and can be maintained independently of one another. During the script adjustment phase of three years, registrants will not have to pay for cloned .ею domain names.

As a consequence of this change, it will not be possible to register new domain names in Cyrillic script under .eu any more as of June 1.

More details can be found at the .eu Registry.