Turkey prepares new ID cards, passports in EU standards

The Turkish interior minister announced that Turkey was preparing identity cards and passports in EU standards.

Turkey prepares new ID cards, passports in EU standards

The Turkish interior minister announced on Friday that Turkey was preparing identity cards and passports in European Union (EU) standards.

Turkey's Interior Minister Besir Atalay said that Turkey was preparing new identity cards and passports in line with EU standards.

"Turkey is running all its system according to EU standards," Atalay told reporters in the Czech capital of Prague where he participated in the informal meeting of the EU home affairs and justice ministers.

Atalay said that participants discussed Schengen-2 information system regarding border security, fight against organized crime gangs, illegal migration and protection of children.

EU member states were trying to create a common identity and a common data bank, Atalay said.

The Turkish interior minister said that he met his Dutch, Austrian, Czech and Macedonian counterparts and debated the problems Turkish citizens were facing in European countries they were living.

"We also discussed terrorism. Terrorism is a common problem although the organizations change or they change their names," he said.

Atalay said that he also debated extradition of criminals and fight against illicit drugs, and humanitarian aid to Palestinian people.

The EU decided to increase its humanitarian aid to Palestine, and undertake a more active role, the minister also said.

Atalay is expected to return to Turkey later on Friday.

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