Hayes expresses concerns over possible legal threat against Ireland

Dublin MEP, Brian Hayes has today (Friday) expressed concerns that the European Commission may refer Ireland to the EU Court of Justice. The possible action is due to Ireland’s failure to introduce biometric identifiers in resident permits issued to third country nationals.

“I am concerned to learn that Ireland could potentially be brought before the European Court of Justice for not implementing the Biometric Regulation for third-country nationals. The Regulation came into force over three years ago. Ireland is the only country that has failed to introduce the measure.”

“The regulation was established to ensure that all EU countries have a uniform approach in issuing permits to third country nationals. The use of biometric technology is an important tool in the fight against false identity and fraud. Given the current refugee crisis I believe this is an important issue in which the Government needs to address immediately.”

“I will be raising this matter directly with the Minister for Justice. The European Commission has given Ireland two months to introduce the Regulation. If action is not taken, Ireland may find itself before the European Court of Justice” concluded MEP Hayes.”


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