EU: High-level SCIFA/Mixed Committee, meeting on 12 February 2008, discussed the age at which children should be fingerprinted for visas, residence permits and EU passports and travel documents

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EU doc no: 6138/08

At a subsequent meeting of the Visa Working Party, on 18-19 February 2008 (EU doc no: 6952/08) it was reported in SCIFA that for the:

- age limit: the vast majority of delegations agreed on the age of six and even a lower age where the national legislation allows for it. Two delegations maintained the limit of twelve years."

The two governments referred to - Germany and Austria - support the 12 years old and above proposal from the European Parliament.

The "majority" support finger-printing children six years old and over while allowing any government to have a lower age "where national legislation allows for it".

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