All European Union citizens can now buy an internet domain bearing the .eu suffix.
The public are now getting the chance to buy .eu domains after a four-month grace period that first allowed firms to reserve domains that matched their trademarks.
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More than 300,000 organisations used this “sunrise period” to apply for an .eu domain. It is expected that domain name speculators will now move into the market, buying up potentially lucrative domains to sell on.
The European Union is using Eurid as an .eu domain name administrator. Companies and organisations in Germany have already made up over 28% of .eu domain name registrations.
The Netherlands has accounted for almost 17% of applications, and France over 11%. The UK has seen the fourth biggest number of .eu requests with 9.4% of applications.
Germany and the Netherlands have the highest number of domain name registrars in Europe, which could partly explain their lead.