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    .eu and Europe too EU Ministers Approve .eu
    posted by michael on Wednesday June 27 2001, @10:33AM

    Reuters reports (via yahoo) that the EU Council of Ministers has approved the Commission's .eu plan. That leaves the EU Parliament to act in July. Reuters quotes an EU minister as predicting that .eu might be active by early next year. Presumably, since it will be a pseudo-ccTLD, it will be spared the additional months or years of negotiation that appear to have stalled the introduction of the majority of gTLDs approved by ICANN.

    Meanwhile, Clive Stanbrook Q.C. has posted an explanation to the ec-pop mailing list of the genesis of the CAN-.eu meeting he has called for July 13 in Brussels.

    UPDATE: The Ministers adopted a consensus position on the issues, a "Common Orientation for the Dot EU Regulation"; formal action by the Council of Ministers will follow when a final text is drafted to reflect this agreement in principle.

    Stanbrook's message reads in relevant part:
    The Meeting in Stockholm resolved that, as Markus says, the initiative should be grasped by the private sector. This is what the workshop on the 13th is intended to facilitate. The initiative however is to be taken by the private sector but on behalf of the European internet community as a whole. Consistent with RFC 1591 this includes the governmental and non commercial interests.

    In offering to include some officials from the Commission, I was not capitulating to any directional influence from the Commission merely "including" them. The added advantage I perceived was that the presence of the Commissioner might ensure that more people from the internet community would be inclined to come. This may or may not have been a good approach, however we do not need to worry anymore because although the Commissioner tried to rearrange his schedule he was unable to do so. We are therefore able to put even more focus on the formation of the new organisation.

    The other message from Stockholm was that the meeting should be open and not biased to any particular group. I have endeavoured to respect that, even though it has meant that the funding will now be coming from the participants. I think that this was the right decision. We all know that there are groups that wish to take over various aspects of the .eu registry. I would hope that they see this as a meeting that gives them a good opportunity to secure the support of the European internet community as a whole. In this respect, I, Amadeu and my colleagues are doing our best to ensure that we spread the invitation to as many interests in the European internet community as we can and to do so as broadly and representatively around the EU as possible.

    As you may imagine this is not a small task and is taking up much more time than I had imagined when I volunteered in Stockholm, however we are now a long way into this and we will continue to support the workshop in the belief that it could indeed produce the initiative and momentum to help establish a successful .eu

    I initially reported back to the original attendees at the meeting in Stockholm, I will in future report to this group as well. Volker Lieb says who is CANeu I am not wedded to the name, and if anyone wants to present another one that will be fine. I was merely keen to ensure that we progress to the more important issues as soon as possible. I am sorry for the delay in responding to you all and would appreciate any comments that you may have. In the light of those comments, we will finalise the programme in the first few days of July any suggestions for appropriate speakers and panellists within the private sector etc would be very welcome. We sent out invitations very widely but if anyone has any further suggestions or lists that would assist us considerably.

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