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    .eu and Europe too Behold the .eu Applicants
    posted by michael on Monday January 20 2003, @08:00PM

    EUREG, one of the applicants for the .eu registry, has published a useful EUREG FAQ. The FAQ includes links to what Eureg calls the "main candidatures." Looks like a real Euro-slugfest of five awfully similar acronyms. Maybe the one least likey to cause name collisions should win...

    EUREG identifes the following as the main candidates (additional info drawn from each candidate's web site, comments are mine not EUREG's):
    • EURETO: Partners are Afilias, the Irish Internet Association, Deloitte &s; Touche, Fleishman-Hillard Saunders, Lionbridge, Accenture, Lionbridge, PA Consulting Group, Ivor Fitzpatrick, and Four 5 One. Supporters are: I.D.A, Enterprise Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland, and the Irish and UK Governments.
    • EUREG itself, registered in Luxemberg. EUREG is founded by Afnic (.fr registry), Red.es (Spanish state-owned company, attached to the State Department for Telecommunications and for the Information Society of the Ministry for Science and Technology), Colegio de Registradores de la Propiedad y Mercantiles de Espa&241;a (the Spanish Professional Association of real Estate and Mercantile Registers), INPI (part of the French Ministry for Industrial Affairs), our old friends CORE, FORTH-ICS, and associated members including Malta's registry.
    • EURID: ccTLD registries from Italy, Belgium and Sweden supported by ccTLDs from Slovenia and the Czech Republic, with the European Co-ordination Council of ISOC Chapters expected to join soon.
    • EUDR "an association of European Internet stakeholders, initially with offices in Paris and Luxembourg" with a diverse EUDR Board chaired by Willy Black, the Chairman of Nominet (the .uk Registry). EUDR has published details of its proposed Consultative Council for the Operational Policies of EUDR that already reserves seats for "Trademark Lawyers" -- so this group has to be in with a chance!
    • EU-Registry: founded by Siegfried Langenbach, owner manager of CSL (german ISP), a founder member of CORE. The English-language part of their web site seems out of date as it currently advertises a meeting scheduled October of last year. And the German edition seems no more up to date...
    I wonder who the NOT "main" candidates (if any) might be? Alas, the EU hasn't published an official list. Less transparent than ICANN? -- that takes effort.

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    At Large and .eu bids
    by vbertola on Tuesday January 21 2003, @11:54PM (#11002)
    User #3435 Info | http://bertola.eu.org/
    Disclaimer: I am a founder and Director in EUDR (but of course here speaking personally).

    Independently from which bid will win, I agree on the fact that more transparency would have been desirable. It's three months now that bids have been delivered, and I'm not even sure about who is evaluating them, or how long will it take; nor am I allowed to disclose the content of the bid.

    Anyway, speaking with the At Large hat, it is important that whoever wins will have strong mechanisms for bottom-up participation in policy making, and especially starts up some cooperation with the future European At Large Organization. For what I know, some bids were designed with their own open memberships, some others adopt a closed model in which the original founders own the registry, some others have open membership but limited to the industry...

    I'm not sure about how strong this point may be in front of the European Commission - which apparently meant .eu to be a sort of "European .com" with a significant commercial flavour - but definitely, in the negotiation phase between the choice of the preferred bidder and the signature of the final agreement, we'll have to make ourselves heard.
    --vb. (Vittorio Bertola)
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