France and the United Kingdom have asked the European Commission to consider whether the European Union could introduce reduced VAT rates for energy efficient products. This initiative is expected to be discussed at the meeting of the EU Council of Finance Ministers on 13 November 2007. The EU Member States will have to decide whether the Commission should prepare an amendment of the EU VAT Directive and which energy efficient products would be affected. Any such proposal will need to be unanimously accepted by all EU Member States for its adoption. Reducing VAT rates is, however, a politically delicate subject in the European Union.