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After the Brexit vote, I wrote that there could be an impact on EU registrants based in the UK.

Over the past year, the UK government has been engaged in negotiations with the EU to navigate the application of Article 50 and the UK's exit from the European Union. While there has been a lot of focus on issues like the customs union and the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, the eventual departure of the UK from the EU will have a tangible impact on the European digital economy.

In the case of the .eu ccTLD, the situation was unclear. Under the current policies, an individual or organisation needs to have an address in the EU and a couple of neighbouring countries to qualify for registration:

(i) an undertaking having its registered office, central administration or principal place of business within the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, or

(ii) an organisation established within the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein without prejudice to the application of national law, or

(iii) a natural person resident within the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

While the UK leaving the EU could be seen as having a clear impact on future registrations of .eu domain names, one would have expected the European Commission not to want to disrupt existing domain names and their registrants. When other domain spaces have updated their policies, they've usually offered some form of "grandfathering" for existing registrations to minimise the negative impact.

However, it appears that the European Commission isn't going to take that approach. In an announcement earlier this week they've made it very clear that they have no intention of allowing existing registrants to keep their EU domain names if they are in the UK.

The document does give a very slight glimmer of hope, but it's only a tiny one. It is hypothetically possible for the UK and EU to reach some form of agreement that would allow for the continued use of .eu domains by UK registrants, but it's looking highly unlikely. Here's the full text of the notice they issued.

As you can see it's highly legalistic and makes lots of references to various bits of legislation and treaties, but the bottom line is summed up in this:

As of the withdrawal date, undertakings and organisations that are established in the United Kingdom but not in the EU and natural persons who reside in the United Kingdom will no longer be eligible to register .eu domain names or, if they are .eu registrants, to renew .eu domain names registered before the withdrawal date.

But what about businesses and individuals in Northern Ireland? Under the Irish constitution they're considered in many realms to be entitled to the same rights and entitlements as Irish citizens and residents:


It is the entitlement and birthright of every person born in the island of Ireland, which includes its islands and seas, to be part of the Irish Nation. That is also the entitlement of all persons otherwise qualified in accordance with law to be citizens of Ireland. Furthermore, the Irish nation cherishes its special affinity with people of Irish ancestry living abroad who share its cultural identity and heritage.


1 It is the firm will of the Irish Nation, in harmony and friendship, to unite all the people who share the territory of the island of Ireland, in all the diversity of their identities and traditions, recognising that a united Ireland shall be brought about only by peaceful means with the consent of a majority of the people, democratically expressed, in both jurisdictions in the island. Until then, the laws enacted by the Parliament established by this Constitution shall have the like area and extent of application as the laws enacted by the Parliament that existed immediately before the coming into operation of this Constitution.

2 Institutions with executive powers and functions that are shared between those jurisdictions may be established by their respective responsible authorities for stated purposes and may exercise powers and functions in respect of all or any part of the island.

Does this mean that businesses and individuals north of the border will lose their .eu domain names, or is there a chance of some form of derogation for them?

How can registrars and their clients lodge their concerns with the EU about this move?

Is EURid in a position to do anything?

At the moment there are more questions than answers, but what is sure is that the options are not looking anyway positive.

According to the most recent EURid quarterly report registrants in the UK account a significant chunk of the .eu registration base and weigh in as the 4th largest country for .eu registrations behind Germany, Netherlands and France:

Wiping out this number of registrations will have a negative impact on the .eu ccTLD as a whole, as well as a negative impact on many European based businesses serving the registrants of the 300 thousand plus names.

Is this unavoidable?

For now, as I mentioned above, there are more questions than answers.

Disclosure: my company is a .eu accredited registrar and I previously served two terms on the .EU Registrar Advisory Board.

Written by Michele Neylon, MD of Blacknight Solutions | 3/29/18
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After a long Winter Olympics absence, Lindsey Vonn — the most decorated female skier of all time — failed to take home a medal on Saturday morning (Friday evening stateside) in her first Olympic event in eight years.

Vonn, 33, made her highly anticipated 2018 Winter Olympics debut at the women’s Super-G, aiming to become the third American athlete with three career Olympic alpine-skiing medals.

But her dream was dashed when, first to compete, she set the time at 1:21.49, which was soon bested by several competitors.

“I did the best I could,” she said later. “I’m happy with my performance. It might not be a medal, but I definitely gave it everything I had.”

Commentators said they could see Vonn mouthing “I tried” after her run, according to Sports Illustrated.

Vonn will have another chance to medal, in the downhill event, later in the Games.

“I’ve had a roller coaster the last eight years with so many injuries, but I’m here, I’m healthy,” she told reporters on Saturday. “I have two more races left, so I hope those will go a little bit better.”

The competition came eight long years after Vonn took home gold (downhill) and bronze (Super-G) in the 2010 games in Vancouver, making her the only returning Olympic Super-G medalist among her competitors.

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Along with Vonn, Switzerland’s Lara Gut — who won bronze in downhill at the Winter Olympics in 2014 — was among the athletes going for gold in the speed event, where the winner is decided by just a single run.

Team USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin — the 22-year-old skiing phenom who disappointingly came in fourth in the alpine skiing slalom a day earlier, after winning gold the previous day in the giant slalom — decided to sit out the Super-G, which would have been her third continuous day of racing, to rest.

However, she tweeted good luck to competitors shortly before their first runs.

Wishing our girls good luck in the Super-G today! Cross your fingers that the wind dies down for a fair race!! #teamUSA

— Mikaela Shiffrin (@MikaelaShiffrin) February 17, 2018

Racers Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein, Johanna Schnarf of Italy, Anna Veith of Austria, and Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria, all came in as major threats to Vonn’s chance at gold.

Vonn — who has 28 Super-G races in her career — was the first racer to hit the slopes.

Saturday’s performance was the first time she has skied on Olympic snow in eight years. She missed the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, when she seriously re-injured her reconstructed right knee on the slopes in 2013, forcing her to watch the competitions from a television screen.

Vonn, who has faced a number of injuries through her career — including two torn ACLs, two concussions and multiple broken bones — then crashed while training in Colorado in November 2016, causing her the worst injury of her career: a fractured humerus bone in her right arm, which left her unable to move her right hand.

She told PEOPLE in September that the injury frightened her like no other before it.

“I got out of surgery and I asked the doctor if he had put a nerve block in my arm because I couldn’t move my hand — and he said he hadn’t,” Vonn, who holds 81 World Cup wins, told PEOPLE. “It was terrifying. That was the first injury that really scared me. I could have been permanently damaged. It’s scary to think it wouldn’t have just been my career that was over. I’m a pretty fearless person, but it definitely shook me for a moment — just a moment.”

She didn’t fully recover until June, but it was just in time to prepare for the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea — and she qualified for Team USA last month. Before making her debut, Vonn sat down with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie to discuss what her head was at before her debut.

“I am very anxious right now, it’s been a lot of days over here in Korea without racing and I need to get going,” she told on the Today show. “I feel like a caged bull for the last week and a half and all I want to do is be set free so I can get my energy out.”

Though she would be facing dozens of younger competitors in these Olympics, Vonn made it clear that she didn’t see her age as a problem.

“I have a lot more experience. I’ve been through this a few times, and I’ve already won Olympic gold, so I’m not nervous,” she said. “I don’t feel the pressure, I know the routine. And I think being older gives me an advantage, so I’m not worried about the young guns just yet.”

She added: “I’m mentally stronger, I believe in myself a lot more, and I know what my body is capable of.”

The day before her debut, Vonn sent out a touching tweet dedicated to her grandfather, who she says was an invaluable part of her upbringing.

Tomorrow it’s game time! I will give it everything I have with no regrets. This is for my Grandpa! I have bib # 1 and start time is 11am here so 9pm est. Watch it live on @nbc . #allformyGrandpa #allornothing

— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) February 16, 2018

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During her NBC interview, Vonn expanded on the importance of her grandfather and father’s influence, saying they helped to give her the strength to persevere.

“It’s a family thing, it comes from my grandfather, and my father as well, it’s a certain grit, where there is no word quit,” she said. “Failure is not in my dictionary.”

After her race on Saturday, she said, “I’m skiing for him. He’s been such a big inspiration in my life. It’s hard for me that he’s not here. I wish he was. I ski with his ashes. I just want want to win for him.”

Vonn will compete in the downhill (on Wednesday local time) and combined (on Friday local time) next week. But once that wraps-up, it’s unlikely Vonn will return for another Olympics — though not for lack of desire.

“It just depends on my knee,” she said after competing in the Super-G. “I love ski racing. I want to keep racing forever. Unfortunately, my body is not the Terminator. I can’t take as many beatings as I used to.”

Still, that doesn’t mean she isn’t looking at other options.

“I have some friends that are actors and actresses,” Vonn told NBC before mentioning one in particular: Dwayne Johnson. “He said he’s going to help me after the season and I’m going to follow him around a little bit and see if it’s really something that I would potentially be able to do.”

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