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Passport to chaos

14th September 1985
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

y our Brussels orrespondent HE EEC's new Euro passDrt is causing problems for ternational lorry drivers at onticrs where officials will 3t recognise it — and refuse Le owner entry.

Cases reported to Brussels elude a Danish driver en ute for Turkey with 20 .nnes of cream cheese who as turned back at the Czech The border guards would it accept the new-look passirt and he returned to Den

mark at a cost to his employers of about 0,200.

The authorities agreed to replace his Burgundy red coloured EEC papers with an old-style green Danish passport to enable him to undertake the journey.

In another case, a Luxembourg driver spent 36 hours trying to argue his way across a frontier crossing point on the Yugoslav border.

He was not allowed into the .country until consular officials arrived to explain the position to the suspicious border officials.

Now the EEC Commission — alarmed by complaints from transport federations in other countries — has launched an information campaign to make the new passports better known.

Foreign ministries of all EEC countries have been asked by Brussels to ensure that the passport is respected by officials at all of the European frontiers.

The passports were issued this year so that citizens of the EEC countries could feel they belonged to the same community.


Organisations: EEC Commission
Locations: Brussels

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