On May 7, European Parliament Environment Committee Chairman Matthias Groote said the committee will reconsider a proposal offered by the European Commission to backload an Emissions Trading Systems (ETS) allowance auction. The proposal to delay the auction of 900 million emissions allowances from 2013-2015 to 2019-2020 was rejected by the full European Parliament and sent back to the committee in April. The committee will reexamine the plan with the intent to strike a compromise on June 19; if an agreement is reached, the plan will be reconsidered by the European Parliament during its July 1-4 session. The same day as Groote’s announcement, nine European countries released a joint statement supporting the plan; the countries that signed the statement were Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, and the UK. Poland has previously expressed opposition to the proposal, saying an international agreement on greenhouse gas emissions is first needed.