Brussels, 14 January 2009 - EURid, the European registry for .eu, is pleased to report that more than three million .eu domain names have been registered. The .eu top-level domain (TLD) passed this milestone on January 11, 2009. At 7:34 pm on Sunday evening, a resident of Germany registered the three millionth .eu domain name with accredited .eu registrar United Domains AG.
"The three million .eu domains reflect the confidence of European Internet users in .eu," said Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Information Society and Media. "This achievement, just a few months before its third anniversary, indicates how .eu has clearly won public favour: a growing number of Internet users are embracing the opportunity to express their European character online.”
Marc Van Wesemael, General Manager of EURid, commented: “The free flow of trade within the European Union and the growth of online commerce have created enormous opportunities in this market. Using a .eu domain name is a sound business investment.”
.eu offers 500 million Europeans in 27 countries a single Internet identity. During 2008, the .eu TLD grew by a healthy 10% or 274 000 domain names. The highest growth was in Poland (69 000), Germany (50 000), France (49 000) and the Netherlands (43 000). For more data, go to stats.eurid.eu.
“We are very proud that the three millionth domain name was registered via United Domains,” said the Director of Business Development, Markus Eggensperger. “We look forward to another step in the success of .eu with the upcoming introduction of internationalised domain names."
The identity of the three millionth .eu domain name is being withheld to protect the privacy of the domain name holder. For the official press release from the European Commission, go to the link below.