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Danish rail freight subsidies approved

The European Commission has approved Danish environmental subsidies for an ongoing scheme intended to encourage the transport of goods by rail instead of road. The scheme, first approved by the Commission in 1999, will be allowed to continue for another four years. The subsidies offset the effect of charges for railway infrastructure use, enabling better competition between the rail freight and road freight sectors, as lorries do not have to pay to use the road network, the Commission says. Railion Danmark is the main beneficiary of the scheme. See press release.

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