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Marco Schmidt
Hello Elvis, Thank you for your question. In July 2015, the proposal 2015-01 introduced a 24-month holding period for allocations made by the RIPE NCC. This prevents people from opening an LIR account solely for the purpose of transferring their /22 allocation and closing the LIR account. Later, in November 2015, the RIPE NCC Executive Board also made a resolution to temporarily restrict the creation of multiple LIR accounts. While these steps have had some effect, you can see that our membership growth has continued to increase over the past few months. https://labs.ripe.net/statistics/number-of-lirs This has countered the effect of the above measures and, as a result, the decrease of 185.0.0.0/8 has remained more or less linear. I hope this clarifies. Regards, Marco Schmidt Policy Development Officer RIPE NCC