"What we see today - the beginning of production of Ukrainian passports in the form of identification cards - this is a real revolution. This is the last "farewell" to the Soviet Union and Soviet-style passports," he said.
The president noted that the plastic card could accommodate more than 400 kilobytes of information. This may be not only information traditionally included in a passport, but also data from a medical record and tax information.
After the parliament adopts necessary decisions for the digital signature system to come into effect, ID-card capabilities can be expanded, the president added.
"During many years we were told that the state was not capable of doing it, that we needed private companies tied with corruption, which would devour loads of budgetary funds," he said.
At the same time, according to the president, the investments attracted to launch the production at Ukraina state printing plant were moderate. In particular, the printing machine cost a little more than EUR 1 mln.
Poroshenko said that starting from Jan. 1, the State Migration Service would be able to order 45,000 cards daily from the plant. He also drew attention to the fact that Ukraine's Security Service often had to deal with the subversives who used fake passports. According to him, the ID-card is virtually impossible to forge. Thus, it will step up security guarantees.
As previously reported, the new ID-cards will come into use on Jan. 1, 2016.