European Commission has asked the International Standards Organisation (ISO) if the code 'eu' can be used for the Internet as a top level domain name, like .org or .com, said commission official responsible for Internet governance, Chris Wilkinson.
The plan was announced at a commission sponsored consultative meeting reviewing governance issues handled by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann), which is organising worldwide structures for domain name registration.
"The Internet is growing in Europe at an extremely rapid rate. The US has experienced this for two to three years and according to some statistics this is levelling off. We are not there yet," Wilkinson said.
"It is important that the domain name system keeps up and provides the necessary support and infrastructure. The commission is looking at this and we are going to be discussing with member states in the coming months," he said.
"The commission is asking the ISO maintenance agency to consider if they can interpret the existing Europe two letter code as an existing domain name code," he said.
Speaking to VNU Newswire after the meeting, Wilkinson said that ISO has reserved the eu code for the euro currency and for the bond market and the commission is asking ISO if the code can also be used for the Internet.
"I believe this is feasible given the consultations in the ISO and given the goodwill. This is not completely random, it is already reserved," he said.
The use to be made of .eu will be the subject of public consultations, which will take a few months, so the Internet community can choose an appropriate use for the code, he said.
"I believe this can be extremely advantageous for electronic commerce because the 'eu' identifier refers to the whole of the European market and will be recognised more in the same way as .com or as some of the national registrations," he said.
"There is scope for marketing the .eu as a top level domain," he said.
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