MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, 29 November 2004
a non-profit-making voluntary group monitoring the state and civil liberties in the European Union has learnt that the European Parliament has been asked by the Council of the European Union (the 25 EU governments) to use its "urgency" procedure to rush through the measure on mandatory fingerprinting and biometric passports for all EU citizens at its plenary session this week (1-2 December).
Privacy International (PI), alongside with Statewatch and European Digital Rights, called to endorse an open letter to the European Parliament. The submission will be made on Tuesday 30 November and PI are accepting signatures until Monday 29 November. The European Parliament will most likely vote on Wednesday 1st. December.
APC endorsed the letter, and particularly European members are encouraged to endorse the submission as well.