The project aims to combat the incompatibility of ID cards in different European countries.
During the plenary session of the European Parliament, new citizen cards have now been approved, which are now recognized in all Member States of the European Union. The news was advanced by Carlos Coelho, the Member of the European Parliament, and negotiator of the European People's Party for this report.
The deputy said that last summer, there were reported dozens of cases of Portuguese who saw their citizen's card refused in the various countries of the European Union as an identification document, but especially in Germany. The new regulation aims at preventing this type of situation from repeating itself at the level of all European citizens.
"We are deepening free movement and better protecting all, strengthening European citizenship. With this new regulation, we will ensure that recognition problems disappear, "said Carlos Coelho in the statement.
The deputy said that the Portuguese government will now have two years to prepare for the change, but that the Portuguese will not have additional costs, and only need to migrate to the new document when they renew the validity of their citizen's card. The elderly, over the age of 70, with life cards, will no longer need to do so.
The new documents will now have the European Union flag and the citizen's photograph will go to the left. The cards will have strengthened data protection standards, enabling their cryptographic reading.