US, EC MAKE SOME INROADS IN AIRBUS ROW TALKS TO CONTINUE

US, EC MAKE SOME INROADS IN AIRBUS ROW TALKS TO CONTINUE

The European Community and the United States are set to continue their efforts next week to resolve the long-running dispute over subsidies for the European Airbus Industrie consortium.

Ranking trade officials ended three days of talks here Wednesday that

concentrated on technical aspects."They made progress on technical issues," a U.S. official said. "But there are still big gaps between us on key issues."

The two sides are attempting to narrow their differences before a self- imposed deadline of March 31 to settle the six-year dispute. The United States and the EC remain far apart on the level of permissible subsidies for developing new aircraft with Washington insisting on a ceiling equal to 25 percent of the value of the aircraft and the EC holding out for 45 percent.

An EC-U.S. agreement would be the nucleus of a wider accord on aircraft subsidy code under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the Geneva- based body that governs most world trade in goods.