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 Yatseniuk presented first ID cards to 16-year-old Ukrainians

Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk has presented first passports of a citizen of Ukraine in the form of ID cards to young people who have turned 16 years of age.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Cabinet press service, Yatseniuk congratulated the young people on being the first ones in the country to have got new passports. "This is not a former Soviet-style passport - a booklet with photographs, but a new passport in the form of a chipped ID card which can carry any identifying information," he said.

Yatseniuk said that an ID card, in addition to basic data, can also contain information on social benefits, taxes. "It will be a single document. Not a hundred certificates - a single document identifying a person and letting its holder obtain services from the state, including through the Internet," he said.

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According to the prime minister, ID cards are also necessary to ensure a quick issue of biometric passports which will allow Ukrainian citizens to travel visa-free to the EU. New passports, he said, "completely correspond to identification standards defined in the European Union."

"Ukraine switches to a new model of both identifying a citizen and building new databases," he stressed. "This is our big program to make Ukraine a part of the European space and the European Union," the head of government stated.

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