A new .eu Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union dated 29-03-2019.
The Regulation (EU) 2019/517 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2019 on the implementation and functioning of the .eu top-level domain name and amending and repealing Regulation (EC) No 733/2002 and repealing Commission Regulation (EC) No 874/2004, will be applicable from 13 October 2022, except for the article 20 (on the eligibility to EU citizens residing in third countries), which should start applying as of six months after entering into force.
The new regulation aims to make it easier to register an .eu internet domain name and encourage its use by businesses. The rules relax the current eligibility criteria for registration of the .eu domain so that the benefits reach as many people, organisations, and companies as possible, especially young people, small and medium-sized enterprises and non-governmental organisations. However, a domain name can be blocked if it is considered to be defamatory, racist or contrary to public policy or public security.
Top level internet domain .eu is the eighth largest country code on the internet and in 2017 there were more than 3.8 million registrations.