BELGIUM GOVERNMENT TO INTRODUCE NEW SECURITY PASSPORT

The new Belgium passport

As from effect of next year, (2012,) Belgium introduces new passport that features also the fingerprint of the holder. The change is necessary in order to comply with the European legislation dating as far back as 2004.

Mr. Micheal Malherbe, the spokesman to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, clarifies Belgium's decision, following the 9th September attacks. To enhance security, airports will be equipped with electronic devices allowing passengers to identify themselves automatically.

In another development, it has emerged that most of the issued Belgium passports in the system are faulty, because of loose plastic sheet covering a page. The Foreign Ministry plans to change the passports to holders without a cost.