Greece expected to issue a tender for biometric ID cards

Greek media are reporting that an official announcement is expected this week regarding the issue of a tender for companies interested in the biometrics-based national ID card project. The cost of upgrading existing ID cards is estimated at around 80 million euros.

According to Greek Reporter, a delegation from the United States is expected

this week in Athens to evaluate the country’s status on U.S. visa-waiver program. The program allows citizens of 38 countries, including Greece, to travel to the U.S. without a visa.

A functioning biometric ID card is thought to be an essential part of allowing Greek travelers to take advantage of the scheme. As a part of the European Union, Greece has been obliged since 2000 to upgrade its ID cards but has not yet overhauled the current system.

Currently Greek ID cards are compulsory for all citizens over 12 years of age.

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