During the extraordinary General Assembly that was held on the 15th of June 2007, the members of the AFNIC have voted that the Articles of the association should be modified.
This change will affect the membership and/or collaboration modalities for persons and organizations that wish to participate to the life of the association,
work to develop ccTLDs it manages or offer specific partnerships.
Evolutions of the AFNIC Articles will follow three main objectives:
give all its members the chance to express themselves in the consultion bodies (consultative committees);
uncouple the economical activity from the association’s governance;
establish a clearer distinction between members of the association, the customers (the .fr and .re registrars) and the partners.
Therefore, starting January 1st, 2008, the AFNIC membership modalities will be clarified for all of its role-players:
the founder members and all the registrars or users members of the association (physical or moral persons) will be able to participate to the life of the association and to reflections lead by the AFNIC on ccTLDs handling;
the registrars will be able to practice their .fr and .re domain name commercialization without having to be members; they will still need to be bound to the AFNIC by contract;
partners that wish to develop projects with the AFNIC will be able to collaborate for given periods and according to specific contracts.
Preview : Articles of Association applicable from January 1st, 2008, as a
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About the AFNIC
(Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération)
Non-profit organization, the AFNIC is in charge of the administrative and technical management of the .fr (France) and .re (Reunion Island) Internet domain names.
The AFNIC brings together public and private members: representatives from the French government, Internet users and Internet Service Providers.
Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.
In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic’s role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, has committed to devoting 11% of its Revenues from managing .fr Top Level Domain to actions of general interest, in particular by transferring €1.3 million each year to the Afnic Foundation for Digital Solidarity.
Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.
Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has nearly 90 employees.