Zetes is set to produce eID cards for Belgians living abroad. The card will be issued on request to nationals domiciled outside the country who register with their local Belgian embassy or consulate.
Distribution of the cards – which is starting with a pilot involving Belgians living in Lille, France – will be extended to all European countries during the third and fourth quarters of this year. By the end of 2010, all Belgian embassies and consulates will be ready to issue the eID.
“The fact that this new card is identical to the national eID means that Belgians who go to live abroad and who already have an eID do not have to redo all the paperwork to obtain a new document,” says Alain Wirtz, CEO of the Zetes group. “The address details will simply be modified on the electronic chip by the accredited Belgian embassy or consulate.”