Letter from Erkki Liikanen
to Mike Roberts Regarding .eu Top-Level Domain
6 July 2000
Member of the Commission
|Brussels, 6 July 2000
Mr. Mike Roberts
CEO and President ICANN
4676 Admiralty Way, Suite330
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Dear Mr. Roberts,
I would like to thank you for your recent visit to Brussels and
for the exchange of information that took place with the Commission
services on that occasion.
During your visit you were again informed about the strong interest
in Europe for the creation of the new Internet Top Level Domain,
The European Commission has thoroughly
studied this initiative with the European institutions, ISPs,
industry and the local Internet community in Europe. Earlier
this year we conducted a broad and open public consultation on
the proposal, based on a consultation document that has been
posted on the web. That consultation confirmed widespread support
from major Internet interests in this proposal. Moreover, the
setting up of the .EU Domain is now part of the eEurope Action
Plan, endorsed at the recent Feira European Council and thus
endorsed at the level of the Heads of State/Government of the
15 EU Member States.
Last year the Commission also asked the ISO 3166 Maintenance
Agency to agree to using the reserved EU code for an Internet
TLD. ISO has agreed to our request and has decided to extend
the scope of the reservation of the code element EU to cover
any application of ISO 3166-1 that needs a coded representation
of the name European Union, including its being used as an Internet
Top Level Domain. Therefore, we hereby request that the .EU Domain
should be delegated to the European Union by ICANN.
On our part, I am glad to inform you that the Commission has
encouraged the Internet community in Europe to undertake preparatory
work for the creation of an appropriate Registry organisation.
This Registry should be operated in a similar manner to the existing
country code registries at the European level, particularly regarding
its relationship with the relevant public authority, in this
case the European Union.
It is also our intention to ensure that the new Registry would
conform to the rules and best-practices established by ICANN,
as appropriate, and that the Registry would take full account
of the guidelines for the operation of such registries recently
adopted by the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee.
I would be grateful if you could inform
the Board of ICANN and its Staff of our intention that the Domain
.EU would be introduced into the Domain Name System before the
end of the year. If you feel it necessary, we could provide further
explanation for the ICANN Board meeting to be held in Yokohama
Meanwhile, please do not hesitate to contact the Directorate
General Information Society (either Mr.C.Wilkinson, member of
the GAC, or Mr.Paul Verhoef, Head of Unit ff International Affairs)
should you or the ICANN Staff have any question in this regard.
(signed, Erkki Liikanen)
cc: Ms Esther Dyson, Chairman, ICANN Board
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