The European Commission has proposed the suspension of import duties on all cereals except oats for the current marketing year, ending 30 June 2008. Although the current levels of border protection for cereals are low, import duties that are relevant for the balance of the EU market are still applied to certain types of grain. With this proposal, the Commission is reacting to the record price levels and shortages in international cereal markets. The Commission hopes that a suspension of import duties will facilitate cereal imports and reduce tension on European grain markets. It is expected that the Commission’s proposal will be approved by the Council of Ministers on 18 December 2007.