Aerospace minister John Battle meets his European counterparts in Paris on 9 July to thrash out a common policy on aerospace industry restructuring.
Battle will join ministers from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden in an attempt to answer tougher US competition.
Britain and Germany want France to agree to the formation of a truly independent aerospace firm based around the Airbus Industrie consortium, which would be transformed into a plc without any state control.
This has so far proved a big stumbling block and led British Aerospace, France’s Aerospatiale and Germany’s Dasa to announce no more than an intention to restructure last March despite being told last year by ministers to come up with more concrete proposals.
Opening a new riveting machine at BAe’s Airbus wing plant at Chester, Battle said the Paris talks would set the framework of national aerospace policies to make restructuring possible.