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    .eu and Europe too CAN-.eu Form a New Body to Promote an .eu Domain
    posted by michael on Tuesday June 26 2001, @03:56AM

    Members of the sleepy ec-pop ecdiscuss mailing list, which is supposedly the list for "European Community Panel of Participants in Internet Organisation and Management", were surprised to learn this week for the first time that (some?) European attendees to ICANN's Stockholm meeting gave the green light to the formation of a new, seemingly parallel organization that has now called a meeting in the European Parliament Building in Brussels on 13th July 2001. The new, cleverly named, Co-operative Alliance for the Namespace .eu (CAN-.eu, get it?) appears on the one hand to be positioning itself as somewhat more private-sector oriented than ec-pop, and on the other to be trying to position itself as a meeting place for various, somewhat competing, efforts to organize the long-gestating .eu namespace and especially the .eu registry (Ec-Pop, EuroPOC, Co-Eur, the ‘Irish effort').

    CAN-.eu's web site is written in the official passive voice, making it utterly impossible to figure out who is doing what (which makes it sound more bureaucratic than free market to me). One participant in the Ec-Pop list even suggested that the confusion reflects a division between the European Commission and the EU Council of Ministers as to how .eu should be managed. There could be quite a lot at stake, since if the Commission has its way, it presumably will wish to ‘harmonize' (read, tighten the screws on) the various EU member states' ccTLDs.

    Here, in any event, is what CAN-.eu's web site says:

    At the 2001 Stockholm meeting of ICANN, a meeting was called of the European Internet Community present. At that meeting and following concern about the slow progress of the creation of the .eu domain name, Clive Stanbrook QC was mandated to facilitate a meeting of the European Internet Community in Brussels on 13th July 2001.

    This meeting will bring together the views of the European Internet Community by allowing everyone to participate, either by attending the meeting or by using the on-line discussion pages on this site. The contents of the discussion pages will be discussed at the break-out sessions of the Brussels meeting.

    This site and the meeting are aimed at enabling an exchange of information between the European Internet community including the European Commission, National Governments, European Internet Registrars, European Businesses, European Internet Users and everyone else who will be affected by or who will want to use the .eu domain space once it is created.

    And still no clear idea of when .eu will be launched.

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