Belarusian biometric passports can be introduced in two years

Other News Materials 29 July 2008 15:13 (UTC +04:00)

Biometric passports can be introduced in Belarus in 2 or 2.5 years, Anatoly Lanin, the deputy chief of the department for citizenship and migration of the Interior Ministry of Belarus, said at an international seminar for the use of biometric identifiers in electronic passports, reported Belta.

Belarus is actively studying the international experience, relevant legislation of such countries as Russia, Moldova, Germany, France. Belarus' representatives will soon travel to Great Britain on a familiarization trip. The preparatory work is underway in Belarus. The Interior Ministry of Belarus jointly with the European Commission organise familiarization seminars to prepare people for these changes. "People should not be afraid of these changes as was the case with the introduction of identification numbers in passports," Anatoly Lanin said. He also noted that the introduction of biometric passports will depend on the budget appropriations and a decision on the state level.

The aim of the two-day seminar in Minsk is to raise the awareness of the state bodies and society of the international standards and international experience in biometric technology. The seminar has been organised as part of the international technical aid project "Enhancing the potential of the Republic of Belarus in management of migration processes.