EURid is the registry manager of the .eu and .ею (Cyrillic script) country code top-level domains upon appointment of the European Commission in 2003.
Take a look at our historical timeline to discover more about our humble beginnings and development.
We work with around 700 partners worldwide – accredited registrars – that register domain names for their customers.
Any company, individual or organisation residing in the European Union or in Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway can register a .eu or .ею domain name. Our collection of success stories features some great examples on how people and companies are reaping the benefits of choosing .eu or its variants in other scripts.
The Management Team
Marc Van Wesemael has worked in the telecom and software industries as a consultant and as a manager in software engineering, general sales and marketing. For ten years he was the Managing Director of not-for-profit DNS Belgium, the registry for .be. He has an MBA from Lessius Management School (Antwerp) in collaboration with Northwestern University (USA) and a degree in electronic engineering from the University of Ghent.
Before Peter Janssen joined EURid, he was technical director for the Belgian registry .be. He was responsible for that domain’s liberalisation in December 2000. He has a masters degree in computer science from the University of Leuven.
Before joining EURid in April 2015, Juan Carlos Munguia Coca worked as a Finance and Accounting Manager in a number of SMEs and large companies such as Serco Belgium and Carpenter Technology. He has a bachelor degree in Accounting.
Giovanni Seppia previously worked at ICANN as European Regional Liaison. Prior to that, he was General Manager at CENTR. He has also served as head of external relations for the Italian Registry (ITT CNR) and has three years’ experience in various roles at the European Commission.
Geo Van Langenhove joined EURid as Legal Manager in January 2011. Previously he worked for companies in various technology fields, such as Nuance Communications, EuroFiber and IMEC, where his practice focused on intellectual property, contracts and litigation. He graduated from the Universities of Brussels and Leuven, College of Law. He also holds an advanced masters degree in intellectual property rights from the University of Brussels.
Els Verstappen held a variety of HR roles at Scarlet, a telecommunications company, before joining EURid. Most recently, as HR Business Advisor, she was responsible for HR support for line management, selection and recruitment, among other things. Before working at Scarlet she was employed at KPN Belgium and at a European non-governmental organisation.
Before assuming the role of Security Manager, Dirk Jumpertz joined EURid to oversee operations and systems management. Previously, he worked in IT management and system consulting at several organisations, including Scarlet and Atos. He is a graduate of the University of West Flanders with a Masters in Industrial Engineering.
Jordi Iparraguirre previously worked as the General Manager of the nonprofit organisation that manages the .cat domain (2006-2013). Prior to this, he held various technical and executive roles at Hewlett Packard. He has a master’s degree in Computer Science from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and an MBA from ESADE Business School.
Istituto di Informatica e Telematica (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche)
- Pierre Verbaeten (Chairman)
- Marko Bonac
- Tomáš Maršálek
- Domenico Laforenza
- Sandra Hoferichter
- Stephane Van Gelder
- Pedro Oliveira
Pierre Verbaeten was professor of the Computer Science department at the University of Leuven until October 2010. For more than ten years he was chairman of this department, the largest in Belgium with more than 30 professors and 180 researchers. He led the DistriNet research group, which conducts basic and applied research in computer networks, security, middleware, multi-agent systems and embedded systems; the group numbers more than 70 researchers. Since December 2012 he has been a member of the board of trustees of the University. In 1989 Mr Verbaeten became the first manager of the .be registry, which was transferred to the not-for-profit organisation DNS Belgium on 1 January 2000.
Marko Bonac received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics (1981) and a masters in computer science (1988) from the University of Ljubljana. Between 1981 and 1992 he worked as a researcher and project leader in the field of computer networks. Since 1992 he has been the Director of Arnes, the Academic and Research Network of Slovenia, which is also the registry for the Slovenian top-level domain, .si.
Mr Maršálek is an independent IT consultant and member of the CZ.NIC collegium, a body associated with CZ.NIC, the registry for the .cz top-level domain. Previously he was a chairman of CZ.NIC and the Managing Director of the Czech Neutral Internet eXchange node (NIX.CZ). After graduating from the Czech Technical University in Prague with a masters degree in radio electronic science, he began his professional career at AT&T. Mr Marsalek is a cofounder of GTS, the biggest alternative telecommunications operator in the Czech Republic. He also helped establish the IP network in Central and Eastern Europe on behalf of British Telecom.
Dr. Domenico Laforenza is the head of nic.it, the registry for Italy’s .it top-level domain. He is also the Director of the Institute for Informatics and Telematics of the Italian National Research Council in Pisa. Between 2003 and 2007 Dr. Laforenza was a member of the Next Generation Grid Expert Group, which was selected by the European Commission to define the priorities of future research in the Grid technologies sector. He has also been a consultant to various EU Member research agencies in Austria, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Netherlands. He holds a doctoral degree in Computer Science from the University of Pisa.
Sandra Hoferichter is the Secretary General of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG), the European IGF. As a board member of Medienstadt Leipzig e.V., a German non-profit organisation, she became involved in Internet Governance matters in 2006 by coordinating inter alia, the European Summer School on Internet Governance (EuroSSIG), ICANN Studienkreis, and experts meetings on the Internet of Things. Sandra holds a degree in Architecture from the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK) and was working as a self-employed Architect from 1997‐2011.
Stéphane Van Gelder has been active in the domain industry since 1999, serving as a long-time member of the Internet Governance community. He served as an elected Board member for the French registry AFNIC from 2004 to 2010. He was also nominated as a member of EURid's Requirements Panel and its Code of Conduct Council. In addition to co-founding French based registrar, Indom, Stéphane is the General Manager of the StartingDot. Stéphane also currently serves as Vice Chair of the Registry Stakeholder Group, ICANN's domain industry representative body. Stéphane earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Sussex University (UK).
Since October 2009 at BusinessEurope, Pedro Oliveira is Director for Legal Affairs. Beyond leading the department, he deals with consumer affairs, access to justice, company law and corporate governance. Currently Pedro is also leading ad interim BusinessEurope’s Internal Market Department which amongst others, works on issues ranging from Digital Economy to Transport and Better Regulation. He has been a member of different European Commission expert/stakeholder groups on online dispute resolution, European contract law and comparison tools. Before joining BusinessEurope, he worked at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium) as a legal researcher. Pedro is a fully qualified lawyer who worked at a law firm for three years in Lisbon. He holds a degree in law from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He also holds two masters: bank law from Universidade de Lisboa; Master in European law from ULB Brussels. Pedro’s mother tongue is Portuguese and he speaks fluent English, Dutch, Spanish and French.
- Marie-Emmanuelle Haas
- Massimo Cimoli
- Maurits Bruggink
- Luc Hendrickx
- Matthias Matthiesen
- Marco Pierani
Marie-Emmanuelle Haas is a French Attorney at the Paris Bar, with a proven track record and practice in Intellectual Property Law and Internet matters. Until mid-2016, she was the chair of the ECTA’s Internet committee. She was also a member of the IPC (Intellectual Property Constituency) for ICANN’s Generic Names Supporting Organization, representing the ECTA. She serves as a panelist for domain name disputes at WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre, the Czech Arbitration Court, the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre and the National Arbitration Forum. Additionally, since 2004, she has been a lecturer at the University of Paris I (Panthéon Sorbonne), teaching Internet litigation. Marie-Emmanuelle has numerous publications in her name and frequently speaks at conferences about Intellectual Property Law and the Internet.
Massimo Cimoli is an Italian and European Trademark Attorney and Vice Chair of the ECTA Internet Committee. He is one of the advisors of the Italian Trademark Office and one of the three legal experts for the Italian Board of Appeal regarding trademarks. He is an arbitrator for the .eu ADR proceedings before the CAC. He is the author of several articles on trademarks and domain names, including the recent article, “Economic evaluation of domain names”, published in the 2012 ECTA Gazette. He is a co-author of the “Commentary on the IP Code” by Professor Galli, which relates to the provisions of the Community Trademark Regulation.
Maurits Bruggink began his career as a lawyer at Arthur Andersen & C°. He went on to fulfill the role of Managing Director at the Brussels’s based lobbying firm Grayling. Since 2010, he has been Executive Director of the European Direct Selling Association, where he dealt with a number of issues relating to consumer protection, the digital agenda and marketing practices. Maurits has a Masters in International Trade Law from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. He is fluent in English, French, German, Dutch and Spanish.
Luc Hendrickx has been the Director of Enterprise Policy and External Relations at UEAPME since 2000. He is responsible for SME policy, better regulation, legal affairs, internal market issues, ICT-related files, accounting, retail, tourism, trade and corporate social responsibility. Previously, he was member of cabinet of the Flemish Minister of Environment and Employment. Between 1992 and 1998 he was a professor at the Flemish Economic High School (VLEKHO) in Brussels. He started his career in 1986 as salesman in his sister’s do-it-yourself shop before joining UNIZO, Belgian SME organisation, as Legal Counsellor in 1989. Mr Hendrickx has a law degree from the Catholic University of Leuven, a diploma from the Institut Européen des Hautes Etudes Internationales of Nice and a master in European studies from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
Marco Pierani is a public relations specialist in the fields of telecommunications, internet, and intellectual property. He currently manages public affairs and media relations for the largest group of consumer organisations in Europe, Euroconsumers. After working as a lawyer on internet law, e-commerce, and telecommunications, he served as Head of Public Affairs for Altroconsumo, a Milan based consumer organisation, where he managed both the external and institutional relations office. In 2011, he became a board member of the organisation. Marco holds an LL.M. degree in European Business Law with a focus in Transnational Law.
Board of Directors
Pierre Verbaeten (Chairman)
What we're about
Good service is at the heart of everything we do.
Our technical systems ensure that newly registered domain names are delegated within minutes.
Through a team of people in four European offices, we support our stakeholders in any of the 24 official EU languages.
We have enforced key security protocols such as DNSSEC. This helps reduce the chance that visitors to .eu or .ею websites are led to fake websites and tricked into supplying personal information if they type a protected .eu or .ею web address into their browser.
We also combat malicious registrations by actively screening newly registered domain names and work closely with law enforcement authorities to fight cybercrime.
We believe that information security is a fundamental building block of our business therefore we choose to follow the ISO 27001 security standard. This helps us handle information security in a structured manner, both in our technical operations and business processes.Read more!
We believe that even companies working in cyberspace can do so in a sustainable manner. We are the first European TLD registry to be registered by the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). All our activities are guided by our environmental policy.
Every year we also assess our CO2 emissions and purchase verified CO2 credits to contribute to compensate our environmental impact.Read more!
More about us
You can contact us in any official EU language by email or phone.
We may have the answer to your question in our FAQ section, so please check there first before calling our support desk. If you don't find what you're looking for, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us in any official EU language.
Information about our Responsible Disclosure Policy is available here.
Telephone support is available Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 17:00, Central European Time, except on New Year`s Day (01/01/2018), Easter Monday (02/04/2018), Labour day (01/05/2018) and Christmas day (25/12/2018).
|English +32 (0)2 401 27 60||Nederlands +32 (0)2 401 27 61|
|Čeština +32 (0)2 401 27 66||Polski +32 (0)2 401 27 70|
|Dansk* +32 (0)2 401 27 76||Português* +32 (0)2 401 27 69|
|Deutsch +32 (0)2 401 27 63||Română* +32 (0)2 401 27 79|
|Eesti +32 (0)2 401 27 77||Slovenčina +32 (0)2 401 27 75|
|Español +32 (0)2 401 27 64||Slovenščina* +32 (0)2 401 27 67|
|Français +32 (0)2 401 27 62||Suomi* +32 (0)2 401 27 73|
|Italiano +32 (0)2 401 27 65||Svenska +32 (0)2 401 27 68|
|Latviešu* +32 (0)2 401 27 78||Ελληνικά +32 (0)2 401 27 72|
|Lietuviškai +32 (0)2 401 27 71||Български +32 (0)2 401 27 80|
|Magyar +32 (0)2 401 27 74||Hrvatski* +32 (0)2 401 27 81|
* Support in this language may be limited. If the officer for this language is not available when you call, your call will be forwarded to the English-language queue.
Registrars who need urgent support outside office hours should call 24/7 support on +32 (0) 2 725 98 25. Calls to this number are handled in English.
EURid's headquarters are located in Brussels, Belgium. We also have regional offices in Pisa, Prague and Stockholm.
Diegem / Belgium
+32 (0) 2 401 2750
VAT BE 0864.240.405
Prague / Czech Republic
EURid Services s.r.o.
U Pergamenky 1522/2
17000 Praha 7
+420 234 602 380
Pisa / Italy
EURid Services s.r.l
Borgo Stretto 52
+39 (0)50 977 041
Stockholm / Sweden
EURid Services AB
171 45 Solna
+46 (0)8 5063 7400