The European Commission welcomes the decision by ICANN's new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Program Committee (“NGPC”) to put on hold the applications for .wine and .vin and its encouragement to applicants to negotiate.

This postponement, even though only for two months, is important since it allows holders of geographical indications rights and the wine industry to conclude agreements on the matter with the applicants for the new generic Top-Level Domain names “.vin” and “.wine”.

The Commission believes that this postponement is the right one, as geographical indications for wine must be protected from domain name claims that put at risk the viability and integrity of this important sector.

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