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Consultation on Auctioning third phase EU Allowances prior to 2013 ('early auctions')


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Target audience

Please find information in Target group(s) section.

Why we are consulting


Consultation on Auctioning third phase EU Allowances prior to 2013 ('early auctions')

Policy field(s)

Climate Change

Target group(s)

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

Period of consultation

From 06 December 2010 to 07 February 2011

Objective of the consultation

Under the revised Emission Trading System (EU ETS) a significant share of the allowances will be auctioned rather than allocated free of charge. This will apply as from the third trading period starting in 2013. The Commission recently adopted an "Auctioning Regulation", which provides inter alia the possibility to auction third phase allowances prior to 2013, so-called "early auctions". Such auctions appear desirable in order to ensure a smooth transition of the market from the second to the third trading period of the EU ETS.

However, what is the appropriate volume of EU allowances and timing for early auctions? The Commission invites all interested parties to express their reasoned and substantiated views on the appropriate volume and timing of these early auctions.

How to submit your contribution

In the interests of transparency, the Commission asks organisations who wish to submit comments in the context of public consultations to provide the Commission and the public at large with information about whom and what they represent by registering in the Register of interest representatives and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If an organisation decides not to provide this information, it is the Commission's stated policy to list the contribution as part of the individual contributions. (Consultation Standards, see COM (2002) 704, and Communication on ETI Follow-up, see COM (2007) 127 of 21 Mar 2007)

If your organisation is not registered, you have the opportunity to Register now. Then return to this page to submit your contribution as a Registered organisation.

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

Reference documents and other related consultations
Contact details

Responsible service: Directorate-General Climate Action


Postal address:

European Commission
Directorate-General Climate Action
B-1049 Bruxelles
Number of responses received to this consultation


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Power Sector




Results of consultation and next steps


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