Do we want this?
Has anyone actually ever asked if we want this, we the citizens of the EU, as opposed to the vendors and the US.
I'm quite happy to hand my passport to a man at the gate who reads it, I really don't fancy a passport that talks electronically to readers without my intervention. What for example stops readers being placed in more places than the border. It seems to me that the control I previously had over handing over my id has gone, I no longer HAND my id over, it is TAKEN from me. So what would stop police setting up id checks at random location for example? Or the UK going all Jacqui on us and building a tracking database of these ids monitored at lamposts?
Call me old fashioned, but we had a system that worked and was cheap and was accepted and some foreign power orders the EU to change it, and the EU takes it's orders, like an obedient servant, but at no time has the people they're supposed to represent ever been consulted.
Kind of like ACTA, what the hell is going on when a treaty is known to a foreign government but not to the citizens the Commission represents?