From 26 March 2019, all expiring .ee domains will go to a domain auction on the .ee auction portal, the registry, the Estonian Internet Foundation, announced.
The auction of the dropped .ee domains will last 24 hours (commencing at 00:00 and finishing at 23: 59 GMT + 2 hours). The preferential right for domain registration will go to auction, with a starting price of €5 plus VAT. Only the winning bid will be payable. After the winning bid is paid, the winner of the auction receives a domain reservation code to register the domain with a .ee registrar of their choice. The price of the domain registration will be added to the transaction according to the registrar’s price list. The preferential right for domain registration will be reserved for the winner of the auction for 14 days.
Domains that receive no bids within 24 hours will be released and are freely available for registration to anyone interested in the “first-come, first-served” principle.
The bidding information in the .ee auction environment will not be made public. Auctions are in the form of a blind auction, where bidders cannot see other offers.
The auction portal service can be used by anyone that has opened a user account. For more information on the terms and conditions of the auction can be found here, and information on how to create a user account and conduct an auction is available here.