EURid Wins Registry of the Year at 2019 CENTR Awards

The 2019 CENTR Awards were held last week and EURid, the .eu registry, emerged as winner of the 2019 Registry of the Year award, 2 years after they first won the award in 2017. The awards coincided with CENTR’s 20th anniversary celebrations and saw winners from a number of European registries.

The Registry of the Year award is based on the votes given by a sample of registrars who evaluated the customer service of the CENTR registry members.

“This win is a testament to our incredible registrar community, and we greatly appreciate their dedication and support towards our TLD and initiatives,” said EURid in a statement. “Thank you all for it.”

Another big winner was the CENTR Innovation Award: the CENTR Security Maturity Model (CM-SMM). CM-SMM was introduced as a joint initiative of SIDN, DENIC, DNS Belgium, and SWITCH under the direction of CENTR. The aim of the model is a regular, mutual evaluation of the current security status of domain registries by a so-called self-assessment scorecard. Based on common benchmarks, each registry can measure the development of its security measures, evaluate strengths and weaknesses and initiate improvements.

CM-SMM has also previously been a winner of a CENTR Award, albeit as its predecessor in 2015, a project called “Security Audits”.

“The renewed award shows us that the project is justified and definitely forward-looking,” said a delighted Richard Wein, CEO of “The mutual audits make it possible, on one hand, to maintain high security standards and, on the other hand, to ensure continuous improvement”.

Other winners of the 2019 CENTR Awards were:

Working Group Champions:

  • Administrative Working Group : Thomas Tammegger (EURid, .eu)
  • Legal and Regulatory Working Group: Maarten Simon (SIDN, .nl)
  • Marketing Working Group: Michiel Henneke (SIDN, .nl)
  • R&D Working Group: Maciej Andziński (CZ.NIC, .cz)
  • Security Working Group: Kristof Tuyteleers (DNS Belgium, .be)
  • Technical Working Group: Oli Schacher (Switch, .ch)

CENTR Anniversary Achievement Award: Annebeth Lange (Norid, .no)