EU commissioner: All EU ID cards to include fingerprints
The EU Commission plans to launch a proposed law Tuesday to increase security within the bloc’s borders, including fingerprinting in ID cards, according to an interview with Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos in German daily Welt.
The move would make fingerprinting and other biometric elements compulsory for all EU ID cards. They are already required for EU passports, along with biometric pictures. Universal use of them in ID cards as well would curb the spread of fake documents.
‘Tighten the screws’
“We have to tighten the screws until there’s no wiggle room left for terrorists or criminals and no means for them to launch attacks,” Avramopoulos told Welt.
As part of other measures to be adopted, “it means that they are being denied access to money, fake documents, weapons and explosives while, at the same time, preventing them from crossing our borders undetected,” he added.
The German government approves of the plan as ID cards are used as travel documents within the EU and the “compulsory introduction of fingerprints in identity cards could provide an extra layer of security,” the Interior Ministry told the news agency dpa.
At present, fingerprinting in ID cards is optional in the bloc. Some countries, like the UK, do not have ID cards at all.
You may be interested
EC President Juncker: Turkey should free Greek soldiersmakis - Apr 26, 2018
European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker called on Turkey to release the two Greek soldiers being held in a Turkish…
Anarchist group Rubicon storms the British Councilmakis - Apr 26, 2018
The action of the Rubicon anarchist group continues its actions non-stop, apparently. Today, about 20 members of the group stormed…
One of 8 Turkish soldiers in Greece set free under strict conditionsmakis - Apr 26, 2018
One of the eight Turkish officers who fled to Greece in a military helicopter on the night of the failed…