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Key facts of the case:

The Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology issued a decision allowing the double-tracking of a certain section of the railroad between Schwarzach/St. Veit and Villach. The project required an assessment of the environmental effects. The complainants argued that the Federal Ministry had not adequately assessed the environmental effects and that the applicable Austrian law failed to transpose Art. 10a of Directive 85/337/EC (as amended by Directive 2003/35/EC) as the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology was the only authority to decide in the case.