• On October 17, 2007, the European Commission sent a reasoned opinion, the last step before referral to the Court of Justice, to France and Latvia for failure to notify whether they implemented the measures required by Directive 2002/91/EC on the Energy Performance of Buildings. The measure in question, which should have been transposed by January 4, 2006, is aimed at significantly reducing energy consumption in buildings, one of the cornerstones in mitigating climate change (RAPID, October 17, 2007)
  • On October 16 and 17, 2007, the 13th meeting of the European Gas Regulatory Forum in Madrid ("Madrid Forum") discussed important topics for the further development of a fully operational internal gas market linked to the recent proposals for a 3rd legislative energy package, in particular transparency, interoperability and new investments (RAPID, October 17, 2007)
  • On October 16, 2007, Russia accused Estonia of “rudeness” and violation of the United Nations maritime convention by refusing permission for a seabed survey linked to the construction of a gas pipeline from Russia to western Europe (FT, October 17, 2007, p. 6)
  • Italian-based oil group Eni has signed a 25-year extension to its oil and gas contracts in Libya but is expected to face tighter commercial terms under the new deal (FT, October 17, 2007, p. 18; WSJE, October 17, 2007, p. 21)
  • French state nuclear engineering group Areva is reported as having won a €5bn contract to build two nuclear power stations in China and supply their fuel for 20 years (FT, October 17, 2007, p. 18)
  • On October 16, 2007, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus stated that Lithuania is eager to convince the EU that prior to establishing a new reactor, the closing of its Lithuanian Chernobyl-style Ignalina nuclear power plant should be postponed from 2009 to 2012, based on fears that an energy shortage might occur (Europolitics, October 17, 2007, p. 1)