BERLIN -- German Economy Minister Wolfgang Clement dismissed a press report on Friday that he would be meeting bosses of carmaker General Motors to discuss the situation at its ailing subsidiary Adam Opel.
The Berliner Zeitung reported that the minister would meet American and European bosses to discuss cost-cutting plans which could affect up to 10,000 jobs at three German car plants.
"It's a matter for the company," Clement told reporters in Berlin. "The press report gives the wrong impression."
Although the German government was talking to Opel, its cost cuts were an internal affair, Clement said.
But he added that he hoped the three German plants of Bochum, Ruesselsheim and Kaiserslautern could stay open.
GM said last month it may have to cut up to 12,000 jobs in Europe, the bulk of them in Germany, over the next two years to stem chronic losses in the region.