Subject Difficulties to get the Foreigner’s Identity Card in Spain
5.5 million foreign citizens in Spain, also European citizens, are trapped in the pre-appointment procedure to obtain the Foreigner’s Identity Card (FIC), a required document to prove residency in the country and to make any important legal arrangements.
The website of the Spanish national police does not allow them to request an appointment in order to formalize this procedure, which forces foreigners to pay lawyers and interlocutors to get them (they can pay from 50 euros to 300 euros), generating a black market with a business of about 2 billion euros in Spain alone. Immigrant unions and associations have been denouncing this serious problem
1 – Is the Commission aware of this case?
2 – Does the Commission believe that Spain complies with Directive 2004/38/EC and Regulation (EEC) 1612/68 and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, in particular Article21 (1), which states that every EU citizen has the right to move and reside freely within the territory of the countries of the Union?
3 – Does the Commission believe that Spain respects the EU Immigration Regulations and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, for European and non-European citizens, who want to process the FIC?