The government of Belgium expects to be the first to issue multipurpose national chip cards to all citizens and residents. The Belgian government has begun issuing children's cards both as an identity and a child protection measure. The children's card is part of a national programme to replace existing cards with multi-purpose electronic tokens. Some 6m electronic ID cards have been issued to Belgians; a similar card is being issued to 1.4 million foreigners.
Belgium launches multipurpose ID cards, The Guardian (UK), October 4 2007.