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'.eu' internet domain now available in all EU languages

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Monday, 14 December 2009

'.eu' internet domain now available in all EU languages

European citizens, businesses and organisations can register '.eu' website names using characters from all 23 official languages of the European Union. This means that registrants, for example, can use Greek or Cyrillic names like www. διαδίκτυο.eu or www.роуминг.eu. This was made possible thanks to new EU rules adopted by the Commission in June 2009 ( IP/09/1044). "Internationalised Domain Names under .eu, our European Top Level Domain, are a big step towards a truly global and at the same time local internet. Many internet users will come from countries where most languages are not based on the 'a to z' Latin script and they will naturally want to use their own scripts", said Viviane Reding, the EU's Information Society Commissioner. "The launch of international domain names under .eu will respond even better to the needs of a multilingual and multicultural Europe". Internationalised Domain Names (IDN) are internet domain names that contain other characters in addition to the 26 characters of the Latin alphabet "a" to "z", digits "0" to "9" and "-". Before, those registering domain names under '.eu' could only use this limited set of characters but now a whole range of different characters used in the various official languages of the EU can be registered.

Source: European Commission