The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine at a meeting on Wednesday approved the new text of a draft law envisaging the introduction of biometric passports in Ukraine.

Ukrainian Justice Minister Oleksandr Lavrynovych told reporters that the bill on documents certifying the identity and confirming the citizenship of Ukraine had been adopted without any remarks and that it would be submitted for consideration by parliament, UKRINFORM reports.

The minister said that the draft law clearly foresaw that the document, using which citizens will be able to cross the border, would have an electronic chip with a digital face image, signature and biometric data, in particular, the fingerprints of two fingers.

As UKRINFORM reported, on February 9, 2012, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, supported a presidential veto of the law on documents certifying the identity and confirming the citizenship of Ukraine.

The document proposed introducing biometric documents for the travel of Ukrainians abroad. On October 21, 2011, President Viktor Yanukovych vetoed the law, describing it as "purely lobbyist."

After that, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said that the government was developing a new bill.

The European Commission has recently reminded Ukraine that there is no progress in the adoption of the law introducing biometric documents for travel abroad. The absence of such documents in Ukraine is slowing the settlement of the question on the introduction of the visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU.

Biometric passports were to be introduced in Ukraine since the fall of 2010, but then the hypothetical date of their introduction was postponed several times, without deciding who will produce such documents.

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