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Type: Not-for-profit
Industry: Internet governance
Founded: 1998
Headquarters: Belliardstraat 20, 1040 Brussels
Country: Belgium
Website: https://www.centr.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/centrnews/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/centr
Twitter: TwitterIcon.png@CENTRnews
Key People
Jörg Schweiger, Chair of the Board
Danko Jevtović, Board member & Treasurer
Elisabeth Ekstrand, Board member
Pierre Bonis, Board member
Irina Danelia, Board Member
Peter Van Roste, General Manager
Nina Elzer, Policy Advisor
Linda Verhaegen, Office Manager
Patrick Myles, Data Analyst
Alexandrine Gauvin, Communications Manager

The Council for European National Top Level Domain Registries (CENTR) is the association of European Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registries, such as .de for Germany or .si for Slovenia. The objectives of CENTR are to promote and participate in the development of high standards and best practices among ccTLD registries.

CENTR provides a forum to discuss matters of policy affecting ccTLD registries and acts as a channel of communication to Internet governing bodies and other organisations involved with the Internet. It promotes the interests of ccTLDs and advocates on their behalf.

The rules and registration procedures of ccTLD registries vary considerably and CENTR aims to collect information on, and document the practices of ccTLD registries. It provides a focal point for enquiries on such matters and encourages amongst ccTLDs the provision of better service for users.

CENTR also facilitates collaborative projects on technical managerial and legal issues affecting ccTLDs.


The project that became CENTR was formed in March 1998 and was informally funded by participating registries. In 1999, it was legally established as a not-for-profit company in the UK. Since 2006, CENTR is registered as a non-for-profit organisation based in Brussels, Belgium. CENTR activities are funded by membership fees, and performed by a secretariat based in Brussels.


CENTR currently counts 53 full and 9 associate members – together, they are responsible for over 80% of all registered domain names worldwide. CENTR also granted Observer status to 12 organisations.

The association ossociationssociationrganisation has a European focus, but there are no geographical restrictions to membership. In addition to more than forty of the countries in the region, CENTR is very pleased to have as members the country code registries from a number of countries outside of Europe (such as Iran, Japan, New Zealand and Canada). CENTR welcomes the application from all country code managers.


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