Gibraltar reveals eID card plans

15/05/15

British overseas territory Gibraltar has announced plans to launch the “EU’s most advanced" biometric eID card by the end of June. 

The new eID Card will be recognised at points of entry throughout the EEA, and offer access to numerous e-government services, according to officials.

Chief Minister, Hon Fabian Picardo QC MP, announced the launch of the £1.36 million project with Minister Paul Balban on 12 May, reported Gibraltar Panorama.

“The eID card has the most advanced security features and it will enable people to travel within the EU without difficulty,” he said. “We are going to implement e-Government in a meaningful way.”

“With its many enhanced security features, the e-ID Card will form the backbone of HM Government’s e-Gov initiative and, once the e-ID Card has been widely issued, holders will have the security to access the many e-Gov services which are being planned.”

"This is a hugely exciting project which we set out in our manifesto at the last election. I asked Paul Balban to assist me in delivering this project given the relationship and the expertise he and his department developed in the roll out of the new EU format driving licences, “ said Picardo.

“He has done a magnificent job, ably assisted by the excellent team of civil servants from the immigration, transport and IT departments of the Government to deliver an excellent new ID card which our people will be proud to show-off as a state of the art product with the latest and most avant-garde security features”.

The Minister for Transport, Traffic and Technical Services, The Hon Paul Balban, said

“The updated Electronic Identity Card will simplify the holder’s use of Government services, both on and offline. The e-ID will be immediately valid for travel within EEA Member States and will provide holders with added advantages which may include free access to Public Parking, free access to Public Transport, access to future e-Government services, and many other initiatives that are currently being planned.

Our present ID Card has served us well since 1995 when the current version was introduced as an EU travel document but now needs to be brought in line with modern technology including the enhancement of its security features to the most sophisticated available within the world. All in all, we present Gibraltar with an identity card we can all be proud of.”

The problems experienced by travellers using their ID cards should as a result be a thing of the past! Our thanks also go to the team at the Home Office who have assisted us in communicating the format of the new ID card to all member states and who have advised on how best to roll-out the new cards and to Mulbhauer, the company delivering the product in conjunction with us."

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