There are two important announcements regarding the .EU registry regarding their registration platform and also the renewal / expiry lifecycle of .EU domains which will affect all current or future holders of any .EU domain.
EURid is the European registry that manages the .eu country code top-level domain. On the 15 September 2014, EURid is launching a new registration platform and will be offline for the two days prior to this launch. While their systems are offline, DNS will continue to resolve so if you have a .EU domain you use for a website or email these will continue to work, but no change transactions will be processed during this time.
The exact times for the maintenance period are :
Start Date: Friday 12 September 2014 23:00 British Summer Time
End Date: Sunday 14 September 2014 20:00 British Summer Time
What will actually happen for specific transactions is as follows :
New registrations of domains will be queued and processed as soon as the new platform is live.
Any changes to information (DNS or contact details for example), domains renewals and transfers will fail and will need to be resubmitted once the registry is back online.
With the introduction of the new registration platform, there will be changes to the renewal / expiry lifecycle .EU Domains and new .EU domain name registrations will follow a different renewal / expiry lifecycle.
Currently, .EU domains expire at the end of the registration month, not the day they were registered. So for example:
Registration date: 10 March 2014
Expiry / renewal date: 31 March 2015
The system’s update will bring the .EU domains into line with almost all other domain registries so what will happen if you register a new 1-year .EU domain name:
Registration date: 16 September 2014
Expiry / renewal date: 16 September 2015
This only affects new domain registrations, so anyone holding a .EU domain registered before this change will continue to keep the last day of their registration month.