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MEPs call for EU-wide ID cards

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Members of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee have called for minimum security features to be adopted on identity cards across the EU.

The call comes after the committee reported that the union has a problem with fake documents, especially as many member states allow their citizens to travel using ID cards, which are relatively easy to forge, compared to passports,

Gérard Deprez, the Committee’s rapporteur, called for standardised blue and yellow cards to be introduced across the EU, incorporating the EU’s flag.

“The purpose is not only to fight against document fraud but also, and above all, to facilitate the exercise of the right to move freely within the EU by making ID documents in the EU more reliable and more widely accepted,” Deprez said.

The committee proposes that new cards be introduced over the next five years and state that they should contain a facial photograph as well as two fingerprints stored digitally on a chip in the card.

The New European’s group welcomed the proposal, telling the Parliament Magazine: “An EU citizenship card is a good idea and sits well with our proposal for a green card to guarantee the rights of EU27 citizens in the UK and Britons in Europe post-Brexit.”

“The green card for Europe is not an ID card, but in combination with the new blue EU citizenship cards recommended by the civil liberties committee, it can be a powerful tool in stabilising the situation of 3.4 million EU27 citizens in Britain if the UK leaves the EU.”

“British citizens in the EU would use the green card in combination with their UK passports to show that they had moved to an EU member state prior to the end of the transition period for Britain’s withdrawal from the EU and were therefore entitled to the same rights and status as when the UK was still an EU member state,” he added.

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