Günther Oettinger, the EU Commissioner for Energy, is intending to make recommendations on the creation of a truly integrated EU energy market. He is expected to suggest opening national energy grids to greater EU-wide competition. The EU's target set in 2002 that 10% of national energy grids be opened to energy supplies from other EU member states has not been met by all EU member states. In particular, the quota has not been fulfilled by Great Britain, Ireland, Italy and Spain, which have barely granted access to their national grids to other non-national competitors (Cyprus, Malta and Poland have also not fulfilled the quota of 10%). Günther Oettinger, from Germany has been in Brussels since the beginning of the year and has repeatedly criticised the national barriers and strong market positions of national energy undertakings in Europe
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