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General Motors believes it can reach a deal in the next few days with German labor unions over a restructuring of Opel.

GM vice chairman Steve Girsky told Reuters that he hoped negotiations wouldn’t stretch to March. “We hope that we can reach a deal by the end of the month,” said Girsky, speaking on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The executive said he did not currently expect talks to continue in March, which could have forced incoming GM Europe chief Karl-Thomas Neumann to get involved in the politically sensitive subject. “Both sides have a plan and we agreed on a deadline. We are working towards it, and hopefully we can come with something,” Girsky added.

When asked about the status of the talks, GM’s vice chairman also said the negotiations are progressing. Girsky who is responsible for the restructuring of Opel, has asked for a deal this month after talks have dragged on since June.

Opel wants to shut down the Bochum plant by the end of 2016 at the latest. According to Opel work council boss Wolfgang Schaefer-Klug, there are still major points left to clarify that include the future of the some 3,000 employees in Bochum’s assembly plant that manufactures the Opel Zafira compact MPV.