Posted on 11.04.2012 in Moldova, News

Moldovan premier first beneficiary of diplomatic biometric passport

Prime Minister Vlad Filat today became the first beneficiary of a diplomatic biometric passport processed and registered at work, according to the government’s communication and press relations department.

The Prime Minister of Moldova - Vlad Filat

The prime minister’s data was taken at the government building, where a delegation of the state enterprise “Registru” set technical equipment needed for documentation in the prime minister’s office. Information Technology and Communications Minister Pavel Filip presented the mobile documentation office, which provides for the record of applicants at their residence or location. All the Moldovan citizens from all over the country may benefit from this service. Subsequently, Vlad Filat went to the department of residents’ record and documentation office from the Centru (centre) district of Chisinau. After the prime minister had been presented the concerned headquarters, he received the diplomatic biometric passport.

To test the way the “eGate” automated state border crossing control system works for holders of biometric passports, the prime minister moved to the Chisinau International Airport. The “eGate” is a technical programme equipment of a type of “green corridor,” which checks the biometric passports of Moldovan citizens by using biometric technologies, without involvement of employees of the Border Guards Service in this process. All the Moldovans ager over 18, who hold biometric passports, will be able to benefit from the “eGate” system when entering Moldova.

At the end of the event, Vlad Filat showed content with the new equipment. He praised the fact that the services provided to citizens are being diversified.

“It is important that this service exists, and those who want may benefit from it. As a matter of fact, the citizens from the less well-off categories may enjoy this mobile service of documentation at residence free of charge,” the prime minister said.

Vlad Filat emphasized that one of the provisions of the national programme of the Moldova-European Union action plan in the visa free regime is focused on shift to the issuance of biometric passports starting from 2012, without which one cannot travel to the EU area. The prime minister specified that the launch of the “eGate” project in Moldova will open new prospects for the citizens, that will lead to the implementation of more similar projects in the country in the long run. Pavel Filip thanked the prime minister for the full support given to implement the mobile service of documenting IDs and carrying out the “eGate” project.

The “eGate” project was launched by the Information Technology and Communications Ministry jointly with the Chisinau International Airport and Border Guards Service. This equipment was bought from the company “Muhlbauer Group.”

Source: Moldpres