"As far as I know the law does not oblige the citizens to obtain these passports. If a person wants he can get the biometric passport. From now on it will make his travel to EU easier, as many countries of the world introduce the system of biometric passports," he specified.
Yefremov also informed that from the New Year the procedure of obtaining biometric passports by newborns is also not obligatory.
Speaking about a company-producer of biometric passports, Yefremov said it would be a private enterprise, not the state.
"For today we have enterprise EDAPS, which prints passports, including biometric ones, for foreign countries. It is a private enterprise, which has adequate experience. The state does not have equipment to print this kind of passports, and I don't think it is necessary to purchase it. As for monopoly in this sector, if someone consider it necessary to buy equipment and compete with this enterprise, well, it is the business right," Yefremov believes.
The draft bill on biometric passports was delivered to the president for signing. Justice Ministry stands against the adoption of the draft bill, saying it violates human rights.
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