On 22 April 2002, the Regulation 733/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Implementation of the Internet Top Level Domain ".eu" was adopted. It introduced the first Top Level Domain for use of the European Community. Potential domain name holders and those who will benefit, are individual residents in the EU and also, organisations and companies established within its territory.
The .eu TLD was created in order to reinforce the European brand and to promote a common internet identity for European Union citizens. Its main objective is to establish a European electronic marketplace and promote the information society within the EU.
The aforementioned Regulation is complemented by Regulation 874/2002 'laying down public policy rules concerning the implementation and functions of the .eu top level domain name and the principles governing registration' and by Regulation 1654/2005 amending Regulation 874/2004.
The 'eu.' TLD is managed by Eurid. EURid is a not-for-profit organisation, established in Belgium, and has been selected by the European Commission to operate the new .eu top level domain. It is accessible over the Internet at: http://www.eurid.eu/