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Hungary begins issuing biometric passports

Hungary has started on Tuesday issuing new passports containing an electronic chip that comprises the bearer's photo, name, birthplace and other data, director of the Interior Ministry's Central Data Office said.

The machine-readable and EU-conform biometric passport makes forgery more difficult, György Urbán said. The new burgundy-red passport will also carry the bearer's digital fingerprint as of July 2009, he said.
In July, the EU approved a plan to insert electronic chips containing biometric data in the passports of citizens of member states. The deadline for including the data on the chip is July 1, 2009. Passports issued before August 29 can still be used until their expiry date, Urbán added.