The first Dot EU website is already up and running on the Internet. Dot EU registry Eurid now has its website and email address up and running using the domain name eurid.eu.
In a press release dated May 3rd, Eurid claims that "Another milestone has been reached in the creation of .EU. Following agreement with ICANN in March, the .eu top level domain has now been put in the internet root and, as our email address and web site demonstrate, it works!
The launch of .EU will commence before the end of 2005 with a 4-month 'sunrise' period to allow public bodies and holders of prior rights to apply for their names.
EURid is now busy completing the registration policy for .EU in consultation with the European Commission and other interested parties. The final draft will be published for comment during the summer months. We will also publish the provisional terms and conditions for domain name holders including special terms for sunrise applicants.
Over the next few months, the information on our web site will be translated into all the official languages of the EU and all final documents will also be available in the 20 languages.
The registrar agreement is already being translated and will be published before the end of May, together with the procedures for registrars to sign up. A list of .EU registrars will be published on our web site with indications of which country they are established in and which languages they support. Those who wish to register a .EU name will need to contact one of those registrars who will apply for the .EU domain name on their behalf."