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Slovaks to get europassports in 2004

THE EUROPASSPORTS that Slovaks will be using after the country's May 2004 entry into the EU will be more secure and harder to fake than Slovak passports, according to Interior Minister Vladimír Palko.

"Europassports cannot be faked because the data in them will be put on by a special laser and will include the individual's fingerprints," Palko said.

On June 11 the Slovak cabinet approved the so-called Europassport project, which will cost taxpayers Sk600 million (€14.6 million) because of the equipment needed to produce the new passports.

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