We have received signals from concerned entrepreneurs who have come out in criticism of the Commission’s proposal to set aside a certain number of CO2 emission permits at the beginning of the third EU/ETS phase (the ‘set-aside’). Employers have informed us of the possible negative consequences of such decisions for the European economy.
1. Can the Commission provide the projected number of permits that will be withdrawn from the market as well as analyses of the impact of such decisions on the economies of individual countries?
2. What criteria will be taken into consideration in calculating new emission limits and the number of emission permits?
3. Reducing the number of emission permits will lead to an increase in their price on the market. What actions does the Commission intend to take to decrease the direct costs to companies related to the projected increase in the price of emission limits? Is the Commission considering the introduction of additional transitional periods, or the extension of existing ones, for countries in which an increase in the cost of emission permits may cause significant losses and a slowdown in the economy, for example in Poland? We kindly ask for a SWOT analysis of the impact of the Commission’s project on the SME sector.