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Parliamentary questions
13 February 2007
E-5670/2006
Answer given by Mr Frattini on behalf of the Commission

Further to the reply to the Honourable Member's previous Written Question E‑4418/06, the Commission would like to recall that Member States must grant entry to their territory to EU citizens who present a valid identity card.

As already stressed, the Commission informed Member States in August 2005 that a national legislation or administrative practice of not accepting identity cards for entry is contrary to Community law(1). In that letter, the Commission services requested Member States to ensure that their national legislation and practice, including carriers’ liability rules, are in line with Community law.

In addition, the Commission services intervene with the Member States in individual cases of refusal of an identity card and are monitoring compliance of national legislation or administrative practice with Directive 2004/38/EC(2) on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States that became applicable on 30 April 2006.

(1)JLS-C3/AH/MM(2005)D8040.
(2)OJ L 158, 30.4.2004.

OJ C 45, 16/02/2008
Last updated: 2 May 2007Legal notice