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Bulgaria Embassies Report Glitches in New Biometric ID System

Date: 29.03.2010

The staff reductions at consular offices are impeding the processing of data for the new personal ID cards and passports of Bulgarians living abroad.

The information was reported Tuesday by the spokesperson of the Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Ministry, Vesela Cherneva. Cherneva said 111 applications have been submitted Monday at 15 consular offices around the globe, adding there have been problems in the process.

The spokesperson further explains the system to register biometric data could not be tested in advance because it does not have a software that allows the deletion of such test data. In addition, the processing of the applications suffers from the shortage of employees at some Embassies and the need to handwrite some of the data.

Foreign Minister, Nikolay Mladenov, has already declared he would revise some of the staff reductions abroad.

42 Bulgarian Consular offices already have biometric counters. Another 9 will open in April and May and 13 more are expected to be installed between June and December.

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