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Gov't mulling plans to introduce special IDs for ethnic kin

The government is considering plans to provide special identity cards to ethnic Hungarians in neighboring countries, which would ensure unrestricted travel in the European Union, the daily Népszabadság said on Wednesday. The initiative to equip ethnic kin with a passport without granting them Hungarian citizenship follows a Greek example; under a special permission by the EU, Greece has given a similar document to ethnic Greeks living in Albania. Népszabadság quoted Primer Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány as saying on Tuesday that the government was seeking a solution concerning the status of ethnic Hungarians which would be "acceptable to all ten million Hungarian nationals and the majority of the ethnic Hungarian community, and which would be compatible with both Hungarian and European legislation."