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Brussels, 2 March 2011

2 March 2011 Update on transitional measure: EU ETS registries of Bulgaria, Ireland and Norway to resume operations on 4 March

The national emissions registries of Bulgaria, Ireland and Norway will resume normal operations on 4 March 2011 at 8am CET.

This decision follows completion by the Commission of its review of the reports from the national registries of Bulgaria, Ireland and Norway on the adequacy of their security measures. With the reports submitted, the three countries have given reasonable assurances that the minimum security requirements are in place.

This will bring to 13 the number of registries that will 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 registries of Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, and the UK have already resumed operations.

The Commission will continue to provide updates on the situation and will announce the planned re-activation of each national registry 24 hours in advance.

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