The European Commission has asked Ireland to fulfil obligations on biometric identifiers in the residence permits for third country nationals.According to the EC's rules, biometric identifiers (facial image and two fingerprints) must be included in the residence permits issued to third country nationals as established in Regulation (EC) 1030/2002for a uniform format for residence permits for third-country nationals.The EC says that, more than three years after the deadline, 20 May 2012, that Ireland has not yet implemented this obligation under EU law.”The harmonisation of security features and the integration of biometric identifiers is an important step towards more secure documents and better protection against fraud. The Commission, therefore, requests the Irish authorities to implement the biometric identifiers in the residence permit for third country nationals.”The Irish authorities have now two months to take the necessary measures to comply with the Commission's requests. If they fail to do so, the Commission may decide to refer Ireland to the Court of Justice of the EU.