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Parliamentary questions
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27 January 2015
E-001113-15
Question for written answer E-001113-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Pavel Svoboda (PPE)

 Subject:  Extension of validity of French identity cards
 Answer in writing 

Since 1 January 2014 the validity of identity cards of all French citizens aged over 18 years has been subject to automatic extension. The validity of all identity cards issued from 2 January 2004 up to 31 December 2013 was extended for a further 5 years. The original period of validity of these identity cards was set at 10 years and that is what it says on the identity cards. By decision of the French authorities there was an extension of the validity of the documents, but without this extension being ascertainable from the document. The altered period of validity is not stated on the document, and because of the type of document it cannot be stated. This fact may also be found on the PRADO public documents database.

I am therefore asking the European Commission to report on whether there is information concerning any problems that may have been caused for citizens or agencies of Member States, e.g. in routine economic practice, and whether it is thought that it might be necessary to prohibit any similar procedure in future, given that recognition of documents falls within the competence of Member States, which in this instance have been placed in an awkward situation, where the document formally meets all requirements (set, for example, by ICAO regulations), so it also contains data on the period of validity, but these data are not in line with reality. It is clearly not desirable for EU citizens to encounter mistrust in the data given in their identity documents, which can only be dispelled by regularly consulting the PRADO database.

Original language of question: CS 
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