Statewatch article: RefNo# 28663
EU: European Parliament votes against taking fingerprints of children under 12 years old for EU passports
Statewatch News Online, January 2009
EP press release (pdf)

Background: The primary decision to have biometric (fingerprints) EU passports was taken in November 2004: EU governments blackmail European Parliament into quick adoption of its report on biometric passports and EU governments demand that the European Parliament rushes through mandatory finger-printing and biometric passports. The adopted Regulation in the Official Journal: Council Regulation (EC) No 2252/2004 of 13 December 2004 on standards for security features and biometrics in passports and travel documents issued by Member States (pdf)

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