• On October 30, 2007, the first Environment Council under the Portuguese presidency is expected to take place. Climate change is high on the agenda. A statement is also expected on water scarcity and droughts. Policy debates are to be held on the Fuel Quality Directive and on the Renewed EU Sustainable Development Strategy (RAPID, October 29, 2007)
  • France and the UK are expected to propose reduced rates of value-added tax (VAT) on energy-efficient goods when EU finance ministers will meet sometime in November 2007 (WSJE, October 29, 2007, p. 10; Europolitics, October 29, 2007, p. 1)