International relations

Since the beginning of our activities as a registry, we have engaged with the international Internet community to share our best practices and expertise on the Domain Name System (DNS). Our partnerships include:

The Council for European National Top Level Domain Registries (CENTR)

CENTR is the not-for-profit European country code TLD organisation dedicated to supporting the interest of country code TLD managers. The objectives of CENTR are to promote and participate in the development of high standards and best practices among ccTLD registries.

We actively participate in CENTR General Assemblies and workshops.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

ICANN coordinates the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions, which are the key technical services critical to the continued operations of the internet's underlying address book, the DNS.

We have attended ICANN meetings since 2006, having entered into a registry agreement with ICANN for the management of the .eu TLD in 2005, the .ею TLD in 2016 and the .ευ TLD in 2019. We also hosted the 38th ICANN meeting in Brussels in June 2010.

EURid has also been a member of the country code Name Supporting Organisation (ccNSO) since 2009 and has actively participated in ccNSO working groups on the ccTLD IDN Policy Development Process, and the Study Group on Use of Country and Territory names. Giovanni Seppia became chairman of the ccNSO Strategy and Operating Plan working group in Q1 2015.

In Q1 2015, EURid entered into a MoU with ICANN to support DNS trainings and best practices in the Middle East.


Both parties are carrying out common projects to contribute to the promotion of multilingualism in cyberspace, with special focus on research into and analysis of the deployment of International Domain Names (IDNs), preparation of joint World Report(s) on IDN deployment, cooperation in preparation of joint events, meetings and projects involving experts from various professional and academic communities, industry as well as other international, regional and national organisations. We signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UNESCO in early 2013.

Our latest joint report is available in the publications section of this website.

The United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

The IGF brings people together from various stakeholder groups to discuss public policy issues relating to the internet. The IGF is an open forum and is convened annually under a mandate from the United Nations.

During the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 IGF meetings, we hosted workshops on Internationalised Domain Names in partnership with UNESCO. We have also contributed to educating the IGF audience on ccTLD-related matters thanks to our chairmanship of the CENTR-IGF working group.

The European Summer School on Internet Governance (Euro-SSIG)

The Euro-SSIG helps interested students and academics, as well as individuals working in the private sector or in government, to better understand global internet governance and to gain a comprehensive and structured knowledge on its various aspects.

We have supported the school project since its first year, 2007, and given presentations on EURid and the .eu top-level domain and its variants in other scripts.

The Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC)

RIPE NCC is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation that supports the infrastructure of the internet through technical coordination. As such, RIPE is a collaborative forum open to all parties interested in wide area Internet Protocol (IP) networks in Europe and beyond.

Representatives from EURid's technical team regularly attend RIPE's meetings across Europe where they participate in working groups that discuss the core technical infrastructure of the internet and present EURid's technical and infrastructural developments.

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

EUIPO is the European Union Intellectual Property Office responsible for managing the EU trade mark and the registered Community design.

On 23 June 2016, EUIPO and EURid signed a letter of collaboration, committing both institutions to join forces in raising awareness about trademarks and domain names. As part of the collaboration EURid and EUIPO expanded their services to the holders of a European Union trade mark (EUTM) in May 2019.

This effort highlights and builds towards EURid’s continual pursuit to establish a trustworthy and secure online space for .eu, .ею and .ευ holders, specifically, in this case, with regards to protecting their rights against fraud within the trademark environment.