06 Dec 2018
European lawmakers on the Civil Liberties (LIBE) Committee have approved plans for a new single identity card to be adopted by member states in an effort to improve ID card security and curb document fraud, which is estimated to cost the bloc €2 billion annually.
There are currently at least 86 different versions of identity cards and 181 types of residence documents in circulation in the EU.
The security features of current ID cards, as well as residence documents, also varies significantly across EU countries, thereby increasing the risk of identity fraud and of documents being falsified.
LIBE members also endorsed plans for common security features across the EU.
Indications are that the new cards will likely be blue in colour with an EU flag, and have a facial image and two fingerprints stored on a chip in the card, according to a Parliament statement.
The new rules would apply to only member states already issuing ID cards to their nationals, and would not make it compulsory to own an ID card, an EU Parliament statement said.
In addition to approving the plans, the LIBE group also approved a mandate to start informal talks with the Council of the European Union, which could start as soon as Parliament as a whole gives its green light.
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