The proposals do not have the unqualified support of all member states and their respective domestic energy suppliers.
Germany’s E-ON and the French, Gaz de France are firmly against the so-called “unbundling” or separation of their companies – some see it as tantamount to state expropriation.
There will be some tough negotiating ahead. Spanish MEP Alejo vidal-quadras: “the point which is causing the most conflict, is the separation of the sectors – the distribution and the generation, but this separation, in terms of the market place and how it operates appears to be the most adequate solution, but it involves certain risks.”
But France’s Economic and Finance minister Christine Lagarde remains unconvinced concerns that companies such as Russia’s Gazprom could come in to take over the supply-end in her country means she is determined to convince other EU members to reject the plans. EU energy ministers commence battle over the proposals next month.