Chris Jones

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MEPs make last-ditch attempt to halt mandatory fingerprinting of all ID holders

"Last-ditch amendments are being proposed by MEPs to try to prevent the mandatory fingerprinting of every national identity card holder in the EU and the potential construction of national fingerprint databases, before a final vote on a proposed new law in the European Parliament due this Thursday (4 April).

A Regulation proposed in April 2018 by the European Commission would introduce a requirement for all identity cards issued by EU governments to contain a biometric photo and two fingerprints of the holder, bringing standards for national identity cards into line with those for EU passports.

The text up for approval could also be used as a legal basis for national fingerprint databases, unless amendments (pdf) proposed by MEPs on behalf of the left-wing GUE/NGL and the Greens group, are accepted and approved by the Parliament on Thursday."

MEPs make last-ditch attempt to halt mandatory fingerprinting of all ID holders (Statewatch, 3 April 2019)

The plan failed, unfortunately. Due to the way these things work, MEPs have to vote on whether to have a vote on any proposed amendments to legislation when it's going through the plenary session; in this case, there was no majority in favour of voting for the amendments. Now the Council of the EU (the Member States) will have to approve the final version of the Regulation before it enters into force.

Photo: Udo, CC BY 2.0

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