BERLIN — Crucial negotiations between European aerospace contractor EADS and seven customer nations over the future of the troubled Airbus A400M military transport plane ended without an agreement Friday, a German government official said.
Those involved in the talks about how to share the increased price tag for the four-engine turboprop aircraft will try to find a solution by the end of January, Defense Ministry spokesman Christian Dienst said.
The meetings on Thursday and Friday morning took place in a "constructive atmosphere," Dienst said, but declined to give further details.
Instead, he repeated Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg's position that Germany is resolute on the purchase of the transport plane, but had only limited willingness to increase funding.
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"We are committed, but not at any price," Dienst told reporters at a regular government news conference.
A location and date for further negotiations were still being discussed, Dienst said.
The seven customer nations — Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain and Turkey — and officials from EADS and its plane-making subsidiary Airbus had met at the defense ministry in Berlin to discuss what is one of Europe's most important defense projects.
The aircraft is now four years behind schedule and more than $7.3 billion over budget, a sum EADS wants the governments to pay, even though a fixed price was agreed on in 2003.