BELGIAN ID CARD
As of 2020, over 28 million Thales’ Belgian ID cards have been issued in the country.
Initiated in 2003, the BelPIC (Belgian Personal Identity Card Project) program reached 100% of its population targets at the end of 2011.
The polycarbonate credit card-sized document is the national identification card in the country, the official and mandatory ID document for Belgian citizens over 12.
This is in line with the EU proposal of April 2018 on strengthening the security of identity cards of Union citizens. Approved by the European Parliament in April 2019, the proposed regulation was ratified in June 2019.
The new model with two fingerprints was officially launched at the beginning of 2020 in a pilot in Lokeren. If the pilots planned in 25 cities run well, the national roll-out will take place in March.
Discover its new look and feel in L’Echo dated 14 January 2020.
On average, a user does six banking transactions and three e-government transactions per month.
PERSONAL IDENTITY CARDS TO ACCESS NEW SERVICES
Belgian citizens have a single, sovereign identity.
In the background, privacy protection operators are actively working to protect privacy, and control flows and the barriers between different areas. This essential pragmatism has generated spectacular savings in terms of the costs of managing and using secure eID cards.
Pragmatism and consultation with all parties involved have been the keystones for the success of this program.
The new law prohibits services from re-requesting data from citizens and companies that are already available from the federal authorities in usable electronic form.
The re-use of available data:
decreases administrative costs
improves the services provided
increases the efficiency of the Federal Government.
To identify citizens in data from authentic sources, federal public services must use the National Register number. For companies, this is the company registration number.