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O’Malley to lead European trade mission

Gov. Martin O’Malley will lead a trade mission to Europe this week, bringing with him the state’s economic development secretary and representatives from several Maryland businesses.

O’Malley, Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary Dominick E. Murray and representatives of several Maryland companies will attend the 50th annual Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport next week.

Survice Engineering Co. in Belcamp, Sullivan Products in Baltimore, Gould Technology in Millersville, Marine Air Supply in Frederick, Temple Allen in Rockville, Man & Machine in Landover and Industrial Machine Tool in Galena will participate in an exhibition at the air show, according to a statement sent by O’Malley’s press office.

The governor will also meet with aerospace companies such as Lockheed Martin, BAE and Thales, the statement said.

After leaving France, O’Malley will visit Ireland with a separate delegation that includes Annapolis Mayor Joshua Cohen and members of the Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau. On Friday, O’Malley plans to attend a presentation on Ireland’s offshore wind energy program.

O’Malley has been criticized by opponents for taking overseas trips, which he says are used to promote Maryland as a place for foreign companies to do business. In April, he led an eight-day trade mission to Israel and Jordan. In 2011, O’Malley led a similar mission to China, Korea and Vietnam.