Doors thrown open to .eu

The registration free-for-all around the new European domains has begun

The .eu domain is now open to all applicants within the European Union who wish to register web addresses.

The domain was made publicly available at 1000 BST today on a first-come, first-served basis from more than 1,000 accredited registrars.

Trademark holders and public bodies have been able to register their .eu domains since December in the 'sunrise' period.

So far registrar Eurid, has received more than 300,000 applications for addresses with the domain and Marc Van Wesemael, managing director of Eurid, said he expects to see "several hundred thousand proud holders of brand new .eu domain names from Friday and onwards".