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The European Commission (EC) has asked four member-states, including Lithuania, to ensure the mandatory exchange of information under the European Union (EU) document security legislation and the integration of biometric features in residence permits, the EC reports.
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Almost three years after the deadline (20 May 2012), Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, and Lithuania have not yet set up a Single Point of Contact to ensure a smooth implementation of security features' standards and meaningful communication between member-states. The establishment of such contact points is mandatory and should allow for the exchange of information necessary to access the fingerprint images stored on the chip of documents (passports and residence permits).

Authorities from Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, and Lithuania now have two months to take the necessary measures to comply with the Commission's requests. If they fail to do so, the Commission may decide to refer the matter to the EU Court of Justice.

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