Following the binding target decided by the European Council on 9 March 2007 to have 20 per cent of the EU’s overall energy consumption coming from renewables by 2020, the European Commission is working on a proposal for a comprehensive directive on renewable energy. The proposal is expected by the third quarter of 2007 and should determine what proportion of the 20 per cent overall renewable burden each Member State will take. In accordance with the conclusions of the European Council, the Commission will take into account the current situation of each country. In doing so, the Commission will face political and technical difficulties as European businesses warn that energy prices should not increase. According to officials, the Commission is yet to decide how to share this burden.