The EU Commission finds that a German noise reduction measure is compatible with the internal market under Article 93 TFEU (German Freight Wagons)

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Phedon Nicolaides, The EU Commission finds that a German noise reduction measure is compatible with the internal market under Article 93 TFEU (German Freight Wagons), 19 December 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin Transport (rail), Art. N° 59683

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