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Vendors plan to seek compensation from German government over thwarted toll - report

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BERLIN (Reuters) – The companies that were set to operate the German motorway vignette scheme scuppered by a European Court ruling earlier this week plan to demand 300 million euros (268 million pounds) compensation from Berlin, Der Spiegel reported on Friday.

The magazine said that the vendor companies had expected to make some 2 billion euros in profit from the scheme, which the EU’s highest court ruled discriminatory against drivers from neighbouring countries.

The German Transport Ministry was attempting to reduce the size of the claims the government faced, Der Spiegel added.

(Reporting by Riham Alkousaa; Writing by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Michelle Martin)

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