The EU Council green-lighted on 06 June the Commission’s proposal to strengthen the security of identity and residence documents. The ID cards will have their security features aligned with those of passports, with a contactless chip with the holder’s photo and fingerprints.
The reason for this regulation is that some national authorities still use paper ID cards, that can easily be falsified and used by terrorists and other criminals to enter the EU.
To speed up border checks, residence cards for third-country family members of EU citizens living in another EU country will also be in a uniform format.