The European Commission is still unsure how many carbon allowances member states should sell to companies covered by the EU emission trading scheme (ETS) in 2011-12, and exactly when auctions will start.
Commission officials presented their views at a meeting in Brussels last week to present the results of a stakeholder consultation on a new auctioning regulation. The regulation, required by the ETS directive, will be drafted by the commission and sent to member states by the end of the year for approval.
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