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National emissions registries: update

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The national emissions registry of Lithuania, Cyprus, Hungary, Liechtenstein and Malta have resumed normal operations on 20 April 2011, bringing to an end the transitional measure imposed in January which suspended national EU ETSi registries following cases of cyber crime. This means that all registries have resumed normal operations following the suspension from 19 January 2011 of transactions, except for the allocation and surrender of allowances, in all EU ETS national registries due to cases of cyber theft. The Commission will continue to provide updates on the situation.

In addition, carbon permits illegally transferred to Sweden from Austria have been returned this month following the hacking attack on the EU ETS in January. More than 2 million allowances valued worth €34 million were stolen from accounts in carbon registries in Austria, the Czech Republic and Greece. The attacks hurt the reputation of the EU ETS and sparked criticism that the supervision of the system is not adequate.

CEMBUREAU is arguing in favour of improving and ensuring maximum security of the EU ETS registries (see March 2011 Editorial).