Thank you very much for your email and your commitment to .eu.
Article 5 of the 874/2004 of the European Commission, laying down public policy rules concerning the implementation and functions of the .eu Top Level Domain and the principles governing registration, states:
"A registrar who receives more than one registration request for the same name shall forward those requests to the Registry in the chronological order in which they were received. Only applications received after the date of accreditation shall be forwarded to the Registry".
This means that only accredited registrars may accept pre-registrations, they may only accept pre-registrations after they got accredited and they may only do so in a first-come-first-served order. Not complying with this provision would be a violation of the EC regulation and above all a breach of the registrar agreement.
Equally, we would like to refer to Art. 4 of above mentioned EC regulation, which states that "Only registrars accredited by the Registry shall be permitted to offer registration services for names under the .eu TLD." Registrars offering these services without being accredited are violating the EC regulation. In addition, no reselling of domain names will be allowed. Only the accredited registrar can offer domain names to the public. Reselling domain names to other registrars would constitute a breach of the registrar agreement.
Regarding pool.com, we would like to point out that at the moment, pool.com has not yet filed an application to become an accredited registrar. If they are not accredited, then they are not allowed to offer any services, as laid out in Article 4 of EC regulation 874/2004.
Your EURid team