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European Commission sets timetable for .eu domain

The European Commission hopes to choose a nonprofit organisation to run the .eu top-level domain (TLD) for the European Union (EU) by early December, according to an EC official.

The deadline for submissions to become the .eu registry operator passed last Friday with fewer than 10 applications, said the official, who requested anonymity.

"We are confident that the number of submissions will be adequate for us to make an equitable selection of the best candidate," said Per Haugaard, spokesman for information society matters at the EC.

"We see great potential for the .eu domain name as a means of boosting e-commerce activity in Europe," Haugaard said.

However, the EC has yet to pick its team to evaluate the submissions, though each of the 15 European Union member states has nominated people for the job.

The .eu registry will not only register .eu domain names, it will also settle conflicts where more than one person or organization claims rights to the same name.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN, gave the European Union the go-ahead in principle to launch the new domain name last year.

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