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26 November 2018
PE 626.994v02-00 A8-0394/2018

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the implementation and functioning of the .eu Top Level Domain name and repealing Regulation (EC) No 733/2002 and Commission Regulation (EC) No 874/2004

(COM(2018)0231 – C8-0170/2018 – 2018/0110(COD))

Committee on Industry, Research and Energy

Rapporteur: Fredrick Federley

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION
 EXPLANATORY STATEMENT
 ANNEX: LIST OF ENTITIES OR PERSONSFROM WHOM THE RAPPORTEUR HAS RECEIVED INPUT
 PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE
 FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the implementation and functioning of the .eu Top Level Domain name and repealing Regulation (EC) No 733/2002 and Commission Regulation (EC) No 874/2004

(COM(2018)0231 – C8-0170/2018 – 2018/0110(COD))

(Ordinary legislative procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the Commission proposal to Parliament and the Council (COM(2018)0231),

–  having regard to Article 294(2) and Article 172 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Commission submitted the proposal to Parliament (C8-0170/2018),

–  having regard to Article 294(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

–  having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee of 11 July 2018(1),

–  having regard to the opinion of the Committee of the Regions of ...,

–  having regard to Rule 59 of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (A8-0394/2018),

1.  Adopts its position at first reading hereinafter set out;

2.  Calls on the Commission to refer the matter to Parliament again if it replaces, substantially amends or intends to substantially amend its proposal;

3.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the national parliaments.

Amendment    1

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(1 a)  The rapid evolution of the top-level-domain (TLD) market and the dynamic digital landscape requires a future-proof and flexible regulatory environment. The purpose of the .eu TLD is, through good management, to help enhance the Union identity and promote Union values, such as multilingualism, respect for users’ privacy and security and respect for human rights, as well as online priorities.

Amendment    2

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 2 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(2 a)  The .eu TLD is the eighth largest country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) and had over 3,8 million registrations in 2017. The .eu TLD is used by the Union institutions, agencies and bodies, including for projects and initiatives.

Amendment    3

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(4)  The .eu TLD should provide a clearly identified link with the Union and the European market place. It should enable undertakings, organisations and natural persons within the Union to register a domain name under the .eu TLD. Union citizens should be allowed to register a .eu domain name, regardless of their place of residence.

(4)  The .eu TLD, as a specific domain name for the Union under a clear and easily recognisable label, should provide a clearly identified link with the Union, and the European market place, and a Union online identity, creating a strong identity for the digital single market, subject to Union law and trading standards. It should enable undertakings and organisations established within the Union or within the European Economic Area (EEA), and natural persons who are residents of a Member State or of a third-country member of the EEA to register a domain name under the .eu TLD. Union citizens should be allowed to register a .eu TLD name, regardless of their place of residence. The existence of such a domain is an important part of the European identity and users are responsible for using it properly.

Amendment    4

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(5)  Domain names in the .eu TLD should be allocated to the eligible parties subject to availability.

(5)  Domain names in the .eu TLD should be allocated at a reasonable price to the eligible parties subject to availability.

Amendment    5

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(5 a)  The Commission should assess the potential role of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in the registration of domain names in the .eu TLD in order to provide applicants of the European Union trade marks (EUTM) or the registered Community designs (RCD) with an allocation of the .eu TLDs applicable to their trademarks or design, subject to availability. That assessment should also include other measures or agencies that could be engaged in preventing speculative and abusive registrations (‘cybersquatting’) and facilitate simple administrative procedures, in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Amendment    6

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(9)  The Commission should, on the basis of an open, transparent and non-discriminatory selection procedure, designate a Registry for the .eu TLD. The Commission should enter into a contract with the selected Registry which should include the detailed principles and procedures applying to the Registry for the organisation, administration and management of the .eu TLD. The contract should be limited in time and renewable.

(9)  The Commission should, on the basis of an open, transparent and non-discriminatory selection procedure, taking into account cost-efficiency and administrative simplicity, designate a Registry for the .eu TLD. In order to establish the criteria for the designation of a registry and an open, transparent and non-discriminatory selection procedure for that designation the power to adopt acts in accordance with Article 290 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union should be delegated to the Commission. It is of particular importance that the Commission carry out appropriate consultations during its preparatory work, including at expert level, and that those consultations be conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in the Interinstitutional Agreement of 13 April 2016 on Better Law-Making1a. In particular, to ensure equal participation in the preparation of delegated acts, the European Parliament and the Council receive all documents at the same time as Member States' experts, and their experts systematically have access to meetings of Commission expert groups dealing with the preparation of delegated acts.

Amendment    7

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 9 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(9a)  The Commission should enter into a contract with the selected Registry which should include the detailed principles and procedures that apply to the Registry for the organisation, administration and management of the .eu TLD. The contract should be of a fixed duration and renewable.

Amendment    8

Proposal for a regulation

Recital 22

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(22)  The Commission should carry out an evaluation on the effectiveness and functioning of the .eu TLD. The evaluation should have regard to the designated Registry working practices and the relevance of its tasks.

(22)  The Commission should carry out an evaluation on the effectiveness and functioning of the .eu TLD. The evaluation should have regard to the designated Registry working practices and the relevance of its tasks. The Commission should also, every three years, present a report on the functioning of the .eu TLD name.

Amendment    9

Proposal for a regulation

Article 1 – paragraph -1 (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

-1.  This Regulation aims to support the digital single market, building an online European identity and encouraging online cross-border activities, by promoting the competitiveness of the .eu TLD name.

Amendment    10

Proposal for a regulation

Article 2 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  "Registry" means the entity entrusted with the organisation, administration and management of the.eu TLD including maintenance of the corresponding databases and the associated public query services, registration of domain names, operation of the Registry of domain names, operation of the Registry TLD name servers and dissemination of TLD zone files;

(a)  "Registry" means the entity entrusted with the organisation, administration and management of the.eu TLD including maintenance of the corresponding databases and the associated public query services, registration of domain names, operation of the Registry of domain names, operation of the Registry TLD name servers and dissemination of TLD zone files, where appropriate;

Justification

Restrictions on the dissemination of TLD zone files have been used by TLDs as a security measure and this flexibility needs to be preserved by not creating an obligation.

Amendment    11

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point ii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(ii)  a natural person who is not a Union citizen and who is resident of a Member State; or

(ii)  a third-country national who is resident in a Member State or in a third-country member of the EEA;

Amendment    12

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point iii

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iii)  an undertaking established within the Union; or

(iii)  an undertaking established in a Member State or a third-country member of the EEA;

Amendment    13

Proposal for a regulation

Article 3 – paragraph 1 – point iv

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(iv)  an organisation established within the Union without prejudice to the application of national law.

(iv)  an organisation established in a Member State or in a third-country member of the EEA without prejudice to the application of national law.

Amendment    14

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 3 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  The Registry may revoke a domain name at its own initiative and without submitting the dispute to any extrajudicial settlement of conflicts, on the following grounds:

3.  The Registry may revoke or suspend a domain name at its own initiative and without submitting the dispute to any extrajudicial settlement of conflicts, on the following grounds:

Amendment    15

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 4 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  A domain name may also be revoked, and where necessary subsequently transferred to another party, subject to an appropriate alternative dispute resolution (‘ADR’) or judicial procedure, where that name is identical or confusingly similar to a name in respect of which a right is established by national or Union law, and where it:

4.  A domain name may also be revoked, and where necessary subsequently transferred to another party, subject to an appropriate alternative dispute resolution (‘ADR’) or judicial procedure, where that name is identical or confusingly similar to a name in respect of which a right is established by national or Union law. A domain name shall be revoked where it:

Amendment    16

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 4 – subparagraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

The Registry shall, after consulting the Commission and the .eu Multistakeholder Advisory Group pursuant to point (ca) of Article 14(3), adopt transparent and predictable policies in order to ensure the timely identification of any registrations referred to in point (a) or (b) of the first subparagraph of this paragraph. To that end, the Registry shall, where necessary, cooperate with law enforcement agencies and national computer emergency response teams (CERTs).

Amendment    17

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 5

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

5.  Where a domain name is considered by a court of a Member State to be defamatory, racist or contrary to public policy, it shall be blocked by the Registry upon notification of a court decision and shall be revoked upon notification of a final court decision. The Registry shall block from future registration those names which have been subject to such a court order as long as such order remains valid.

5.  Where a domain name is considered by a court of a Member State, and under Union or national law, to be defamatory, racist or contrary to public policy or public security, it shall be blocked by the Registry upon notification of a court decision. The Registry shall, upon notification of such a court decision, revoke the domain name.

 

By derogation from the first paragraph, the domain name shall not be blocked by the Registry if the court’s decision is relevant for the purpose of an implementing act or a Council decision adopted pursuant to Article 5 of Regulation .../... [on the protection of the Union’s budget in case of generalised deficiencies as regards the rule of law in the Member States, 2018/0136 (COD)]. That domain name shall be revoked by the Registry upon notification of a final court decision.

 

The Registry shall block from future registration those domain names, which have been subject to such a court order as long as such order remains valid.

Amendment    18

Proposal for a regulation

Article 4 – paragraph 5 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

5 a.  Domain names registered under the .eu TLD shall be transferable only to parties eligible for registration of .eu TLD names

Amendment    19

Proposal for a regulation

Article 5 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  The registration of domain names shall be performed in all the alphabetic characters of the official languages of the Union in accordance with the available international standards as allowed by the relevant Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) protocols.

1.  The registration of domain names shall be performed in all the characters of the official languages of the Union in accordance with the available international standards as allowed by the relevant Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) protocols.

Amendment    20

Proposal for a regulation

Article 6 – paragraph 3 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  may be registered or reserved only under a second level domain by the Member States. These domain names must be limited to broadly-recognised geographical and/or geopolitical terms which affect the Member States' political or territorial organisation.

(b)  may be registered or reserved only at second level domain by the Member States. These domain names shall be limited to broadly-recognised geographical and/or geopolitical terms which affect the Member States' political or territorial organisation.

Amendment    21

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  The Commission shall establish the criteria and the procedure for the designation of the Registry by means of implementing acts. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 17(2).

1.  The Commission shall adopt delegated acts in accordance with Article 17a to supplement this Regulation by establishing the criteria and the procedure for the designation of the Registry, and criteria establishing minimum requirements for circumstances other than those referred to in Article 4, in which the registry is to block, suspend or revoke a domain name, in order to safeguard Union values, such as multilingualism, respect for users’ privacy and security, and respect for human rights.

Amendment    22

Proposal for a regulation

Article 8 – paragraph 3

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  The Commission shall enter into a contract with the designated Registry. The contract shall specify the rules, policies and procedures for the provision of services by the Registry and the conditions according to which the Commission supervises the organisation, administration and management of the.eu TLD by the Registry. The contract shall be limited in time and renewable and shall include the principles and procedures on the functioning of the .eu TLD laid down on the basis of Article 11.

3.  The Commission shall enter into a contract with the designated Registry. The contract shall specify the rules, policies and procedures for the provision of services by the Registry and the conditions according to which the Commission supervises the organisation, administration and management of the.eu TLD by the Registry. The contract shall be limited in time and renewable and shall include the principles and procedures on the functioning of the .eu TLD laid down on the basis of Articles 10 and 11 of this Regulation.

Amendment    23

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 1 – point -a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(-a)  promote the .eu TLD across the Union and in third countries in order to ensure its competitiveness;

Amendment    24

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 1 – point a

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(a)  observe the rules, policies and procedures laid down in this Regulation and the contract referred to in Article 8 (3);

(a)  observe the rules, policies and procedures laid down in this Regulation and the contract referred to in Article 8 (3), and in particular Union data protection law;

Amendment    25

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  organise, administer and manage the .eu TLD in the general interest and on the basis of principles of quality, efficiency, reliability, transparency, accessibility and non-discrimination and by ensuring fair conditions of competition;

(b)  organise, administer and manage the .eu TLD in the general public interest;

Amendment    26

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 1 – point b a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(b a)  in all aspects of the administration and management of the .eu TLD, ensure high quality, transparency, predictability, reliability, accessibility, efficiency, non-discrimination fair conditions of competition and the application of consumer protection measures for a .eu TLD name;

Amendment    27

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 1 – point i

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(i)  promote the objectives of the Union in the field of internet governance;

(i)  promote the objectives of the Union in the field of internet governance inter alia by participating in international fora;

Amendment    28

Proposal for a regulation

Article 10 – paragraph 1 – point k

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(k)  undertake an audit by an independent body at its own expense and at least every two years to certify compliance with the present Regulation and send the outcome to the Commission;

(k)  undertake an audit by an independent body at its own expense and at least every two years to certify compliance with this Regulation, and send the outcome to the Commission;

Amendment    29

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 1 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

The contract, concluded between the Commission and the designated Registry in accordance with Article 8 (3), shall contain the principles and procedures concerning the functioning of the .eu TLD, in compliance with this Regulation, including the following:

1.   The contract, concluded between the Commission and the designated Registry in accordance with Article 8 (3), shall contain the principles and procedures concerning the functioning of the .eu TLD, in compliance with this Regulation, including the following:

Amendment    30

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 1 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  requirements and procedures for registration requests, policy on verification of registrants data and speculative registration of domain names;

(b)  requirements and procedures for registration requests, systems for verification that the criterion for registration are fulfilled, including verification of the identity of registrants, data and speculative registration of domain names;

Amendment    31

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 1 – point f

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(f)  measures aimed at enabling competent authorities to have access to the data in the Registry for the purposes of prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of crime, as provided by Union or national law;

(f)  measures aimed at enabling competent authorities to have access to the data in the Registry for the purposes of prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of crime, as provided by Union or national law subject to the appropriate checks and balances;

Amendment    32

Proposal for a regulation

Article 11 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1a.   However, measures as referred to in point (f) of paragraph 1, provided for by national law, shall not be applied if they are relevant for the purpose of an implementing act or a Council decision adopted pursuant to Article 5 of Regulation .../... [on the protection of the Union’s budget in case of generalised deficiencies as regards the rule of law in the Member States, 2018/0136 (COD)]. That measure may be used based on a final court decision or other final administrative action.

Amendment    33

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  The Registry shall set up and manage a WHOIS database facility for the purpose of providing accurate and up to date registration information about the domain names under the .eu TLD.

1.  The Registry shall set up and with due diligence manage a WHOIS database facility for the purpose of providing accurate and up to date registration information about the domain names under the .eu TLD.

Amendment    34

Proposal for a regulation

Article 12 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The WHOIS database shall contain relevant information, which is not excessive in relation to the purpose of the database, about the points of contact administering the domain names under the .eu TLD and the holders of the domain names. Where the domain name holder is a natural person, the information that is to be made publicly available shall be subject to the domain name holder’s consent within the meaning of Regulation 2016/679.

2.  The WHOIS database shall contain relevant information, in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/679. In particular, the information collected shall not be excessive in relation to the purpose of the database, about the points of contact administering the domain names under the .eu TLD and the holders of the domain names. Where the domain name holder is a natural person, the information that is to be made publicly available shall be subject to the domain name holder’s consent within the meaning of Regulation 2016/679.

Amendment    35

Proposal for a regulation

Article 13 – paragraph 4

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

4.  The Commission may, as appropriate, consult stakeholders and seek expert advice on the results of the supervisory activities provided in this Article and on ways to improve the organisation, administration and management of the .eu TLD by the Registry.

4.  The Commission may, as appropriate, consult the .eu Multistakeholder Advisory Group and other stakeholders and seek expert advice on the results of the supervisory activities provided in this Article and on ways to improve the organisation, administration and management of the .eu TLD by the Registry.

Amendment    36

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  A .eu Multistakeholder Council shall be established to advise the Commission on the implementation of the present Regulation.

1.  A .eu Multistakeholder Advisory Group shall be established to advise the Commission on the implementation of this Regulation. The Commission shall take account of any advice and recommendations provided by the .eu Multistakeholder Advisory Group in implementing all aspects of this Regulation.

Amendment    37

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The .eu Multistakeholder Council shall be composed of representatives drawn from the private sector, the technical community, Member States and international organisations, civil society and academia and appointed by the Commission on the basis of an open and transparent procedure.

2.  The .eu Multistakeholder Advisory Group shall be composed of representatives drawn from the private sector, the technical community, Member States and from international organisations, civil society and academia and appointed by the Commission on the basis of an open and transparent procedure, taking utmost account the principle of gender equality.

Amendment    38

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 3 – introductory part

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

3.  The .eu Multistakeholder Council shall have the following tasks:

3.  The .eu Multistakeholder Advisory Group shall have the following tasks:

Amendment    39

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 3 – point b

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(b)  issue opinions on matters of management, organisation and administration of the .eu TLD;

(b)  issue opinions on matters of management, organisation and administration of the .eu TLD, including issues related to cybersecurity and data protection;

Amendment    40

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 3 – point c

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

(c)  advise the Commission on matters of monitoring and supervision of the Registry.

(c)  advise the Commission on matters of monitoring and supervision of the Registry, in particular with regard to the audit referred to in point (k) of Article 10.

Amendment    41

Proposal for a regulation

Article 14 – paragraph 3 – point c a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

(c a)  advise the Commission on best practices as regards policies and measures enabling the Commission to identify and, where necessary, take appropriate actions against domain names registered by its holder without rights or legitimate interest in the name, domain names being used in bad faith, including on cooperation with law enforcement agencies and CERTs.

Amendment    42

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 1

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

1.  No later than five years after the date of application of this Regulation, and each three years thereafter, the Commission shall assess the implementation, effectiveness and functioning of the .eu TLD.

1.  No later than three years after the date of application of this Regulation, and each three years thereafter, the Commission shall assess the implementation, effectiveness and functioning of the .eu TLD, based in particular on the information submitted by the Registry pursuant to point (k) of Article 10.

Amendment    43

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 1 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

1 a.  The Commission shall, by ... [insert date three years after the date of application of this Regulation], assess the role of this Regulation in preventing cybersquatting and providing simple administrative procedures, in particular for SMEs. It shall also assess the potential role of EUIPO and other Union agencies in the registration of .eu TLD names and, if appropriate, take appropriate action such as, proposing appropriate legislative measures.

Amendment    44

Proposal for a regulation

Article 16 – paragraph 2

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

2.  The Commission shall submit a report to the European Parliament and the Council on the findings of the assessment referred to in paragraph 1.

2.  The Commission shall submit a report to the European Parliament and the Council on the findings of the assessment referred to in paragraphs 1 and 1a, accompanied, if necessary, by appropriate legislative proposals.

Amendment    45

Proposal for a regulation

Article 17 a (new)

Text proposed by the Commission

Amendment

 

Article 17 a

 

Exercise of the delegation

 

1.   The power to adopt a delegated act referred to in Article 8(1) is conferred on the Commission subject to the conditions laid down in this Article.

 

2.   The power to adopt delegated acts referred to in Article 8(1) shall be conferred on the Commission for a period of five years from ... [the date of entry in to force of this Regulation]. The Commission shall draw up a report in respect of the delegation of power not later than nine months before the end of the five-year period. The delegation of power shall be tacitly extended for periods of an identical duration, unless the European Parliament or the Council opposes such extension not later than three months before the end of each period.

 

3.   The delegation of power referred to in Article 8(1) may be revoked at any time by the European Parliament or by the Council. A decision to revoke shall put an end to the delegation of the power specified in that decision. It shall take effect the day following the publication of the decision in the Official Journal of the European Union or at a later date specified therein. It shall not affect the validity of any delegated acts already in force.

 

4.   Before adopting a delegated act, the Commission shall consult experts designated by each Member State in accordance with the principles laid down in the Inter-institutional Agreement of 13 April 2016 on Better Law-Making.

 

5.   As soon as it adopts a delegated act, the Commission shall notify it simultaneously to the European Parliament and to the Council.

 

6.   A delegated act adopted pursuant to Article 8(1) shall enter into force only if no objection has been expressed either by the European Parliament or the Council within a period of two months of notification of that act to the European Parliament and the Council or if, before the expiry of that period, the European Parliament and the Council have both informed the Commission that they will not object. That period shall be extended by two months at the initiative of the European Parliament or of the Council.

(1)

Not yet published in the Official Journal.


EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The new proposal on the .eu Top Level Domain (.eu TLD) published by the Commission on 24 April 2018 aims at repealing the existing legislations. Although the.eu TLD continues to function properly, the legal framework governing it has to be adapted to an evolving online environment and market.

In line with the objectives of the Digital Single Market Strategy, the present initiative seeks to ensure that a TLD that has worked relatively well continues to do so in the future in order to ensure that the benefits linked to it can reach as many Union citizens as possible in the near future.

The Rapporteur welcomes the proposal and shares the aim to keep up with the rapid evolution of the TLD market and the dynamic digital landscape that require future-proof and flexible regulatory environment.

The existence of a specific domain name for the EU is very important for the EU online identity. The Rapporteur believes it is an opportunity for Institutions, companies or citizens to have the possibility to access to a .eu TLD. They will therefore be easily identified as part of the EU community sharing the same set of rules and values.

The proposal lays out the general principles of registration of a .eu Top Level Domain name. It outlines the eligibility criteria, the general conditions of registration and revocation of domain names, the languages, the applicable law and the jurisdiction, the procedures for the reservation of domain names by the Registry, the Commission and Member States, and the accreditation procedures for Registrar.

Registry: the provisions span from its designation by the Commission and characteristics to its key obligations. The proposal also lays down a list of principles and procedures on the functioning of the .eu TLD to be included in the contract with the Registry, including the following.

While supporting the general principles, the rapporteur wants to underline the promotion of EU values such as multilingualism, respect of users’ privacy and security, consumer protection and human rights. Especially on the issue of safeguarding the rule of law, the Rapporteur suggests additional safeguards.

The Rapporteur also wishes to have better control from the European Parliament on the establishment of the criteria and the procedure for the designation of the Registry by using delegated acts.


ANNEX: LIST OF ENTITIES OR PERSONSFROM WHOM THE RAPPORTEUR HAS RECEIVED INPUT

The following list is drawn up on a purely voluntary basis under the exclusive responsibility of the rapporteur. The rapporteur has received input from the following entities or persons in the preparation of the report, until the adoption thereof in committee:

Entity and/or person

European Commission

EUrid

EDRI

EUIPO

Business Europe


PROCEDURE – COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Title

Implementation and functioning of the .eu top level domain name

References

COM(2018)0231 – C8-0170/2018 – 2018/0110(COD)

Date submitted to Parliament

25.4.2018

 

 

 

Committee responsible

       Date announced in plenary

ITRE

28.5.2018

 

 

 

Committees asked for opinions

       Date announced in plenary

BUDG

28.5.2018

IMCO

28.5.2018

JURI

28.5.2018

 

Not delivering opinions

       Date of decision

BUDG

16.5.2018

IMCO

19.6.2018

JURI

15.5.2018

 

Rapporteurs

       Date appointed

Fredrick Federley

30.5.2018

 

 

 

Discussed in committee

24.9.2018

 

 

 

Date adopted

21.11.2018

 

 

 

Result of final vote

+:

–:

0:

53

2

0

Members present for the final vote

Zigmantas Balčytis, Xabier Benito Ziluaga, David Borrelli, Jonathan Bullock, Jerzy Buzek, Edward Czesak, Jakop Dalunde, Pilar del Castillo Vera, Christian Ehler, Fredrick Federley, Adam Gierek, Igor Gräzin, Theresa Griffin, András Gyürk, Eva Kaili, Krišjānis Kariņš, Jeppe Kofod, Jaromír Kohlíček, Peter Kouroumbashev, Zdzisław Krasnodębski, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Christelle Lechevalier, Janusz Lewandowski, Paloma López Bermejo, Edouard Martin, Tilly Metz, Nadine Morano, Dan Nica, Angelika Niebler, Morten Helveg Petersen, Carolina Punset, Julia Reda, Massimiliano Salini, Algirdas Saudargas, Sven Schulze, Neoklis Sylikiotis, Dario Tamburrano, Patrizia Toia, Evžen Tošenovský, Vladimir Urutchev, Kathleen Van Brempt, Henna Virkkunen, Martina Werner, Lieve Wierinck, Hermann Winkler, Anna Záborská, Flavio Zanonato, Carlos Zorrinho

Substitutes present for the final vote

Pilar Ayuso, Amjad Bashir, Gunnar Hökmark, Luděk Niedermayer, Davor Škrlec, Pavel Telička

Substitutes under Rule 200(2) present for the final vote

John Flack

Date tabled

26.11.2018


FINAL VOTE BY ROLL CALL IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

53

+

ALDE

Fredrick Federley, Igor Gräzin, Morten Helveg Petersen, Carolina Punset, Pavel Telička, Lieve Wierinck

ECR

Amjad Bashir, Edward Czesak, John Flack, Zdzisław Krasnodębski, Evžen Tošenovský

EFDD

Dario Tamburrano

GUE/NGL

Xabier Benito Ziluaga, Jaromír Kohlíček, Paloma López Bermejo, Neoklis Sylikiotis

NI

David Borrelli

PPE

Pilar Ayuso, Jerzy Buzek, Pilar del Castillo Vera, Christian Ehler, András Gyürk, Gunnar Hökmark, Krišjānis Kariņš, Janusz Lewandowski, Nadine Morano, Angelika Niebler, Luděk Niedermayer, Massimiliano Salini, Algirdas Saudargas, Sven Schulze, Vladimir Urutchev, Henna Virkkunen, Hermann Winkler, Anna Záborská

S&D

Zigmantas Balčytis, Adam Gierek, Theresa Griffin, Eva Kaili, Jeppe Kofod, Peter Kouroumbashev, Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Edouard Martin, Dan Nica, Patrizia Toia, Kathleen Van Brempt, Martina Werner, Flavio Zanonato, Carlos Zorrinho

VERTS/ALE

Jakop Dalunde, Tilly Metz, Julia Reda, Davor Škrlec

2

-

EFDD

Jonathan Bullock

ENF

Christelle Lechevalier

0

0

 

 

Key to symbols:

+  :  in favour

-  :  against

0  :  abstention

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