Europe will have a high-availability public DNS resolution service that will offer anti-malware protection and illegal content blocking, to counter the dominance of free non-European services such as Google Public DNS.
DNS resolution is a critical point when accessing any network service. The first step in establishing a connection on the Internet is to translate a domain name, which is easy for humans to read and remember, into its IP address that identifies the server hosting the service on the network. If malicious actors intervene in this initial communication the client may be directed to a non-legitimate service. Even if the DNS server returns the correct answer, because of its position in the Internet browsing access chain, it receives valuable information about clients' use of the network that can be used for other purposes.
Europe is concerned that the most popular DNS services are located outside our borders and that the continent has lost its leadership in this sector, a situation that does not seem likely to change, since it is not a profitable service for companies as it is provided free of charge. For this reason the European Commission wants to finance a service for Europe independent of alternatives such as those offered by Google Public DNS, Cloudflare DNS, Quad9, OpenDNS, Comodo Secure DNS and other similar services.