3 September 2004
BRUSSELS – The introduction of new electronic identity cards in Belgium has been marred by technical problems, it was revealed on Friday.
Around 60,000 of the new cards have been delivered to their new owners with no visible indication of the holder’s actual address.
A separate paper form showing “proof of address” has had to be delivered alongside the new cards, reported Belang van Limburg and Gazet van Antwerpen.
According to the federal public service, the measure is only transitional.
The owner’s address is registered in the card’s electronic chip but a number of administrations and public services such as banks do not yet have the right equipment to read this information.
The technology should be ready by 2005.
[Copyright Expatica 2004]
Subject: Belgian news