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European nations agree next steps on A400M delays
July 24, 2009 / 1:32 PM / 8 years ago

European nations agree next steps on A400M delays

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CASTELLET, France, July 24 (Reuters) - European nations which have ordered the delayed Airbus A400M military plane reached agreement on Friday on how to tackle efforts to save Europe's largest defence project, officials said.

Ministers from seven European NATO countries led by Germany, France and Britain were preparing to sign a common document after talks in southern France, they said.

Details of the agreement were not immediately available but officials said earlier the nations were likely to agree to six months of further talks in a last-ditch effort to save the 20 billion euro programme which guarantees thousands of jobs.

The plane is some four years late due to engine development problems, leaving Airbus parent EADS EAD.PA facing penalties.

Reporting by Tim Hepher

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