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Brussels, 10 March 2009

Authorisation for State aid to German combined transport aid scheme

The European Commission authorised today a German scheme which intends to encourage the development of combined transport by supporting the construction of new infrastructure and the introduction of innovative equipment.

The scheme is financed from Germany's federal budget. Subsidies will be granted for the construction and extension of terminals of combined transport and the purchase of loading equipment for transhipment. This type of aid is aimed at reducing lacking capacity of terminals thereby fostering combined transport of German and transit traffic.

The scheme will be in place until 31 December 2011 with a budget of €115 million annually. The maximum aid intensity is up to 85%.

The Commission has found the scheme to be compatible with Article 87 (3) (c) of the EC Treaty.

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