On 9-11 March 2020, annual international conference on the issues of high security printing for Europe, Middle East and Africa (High Security Printing EMEA) was held for the 17th time in Lisbon, Portuguese Republic. Annually, the winners of the regional ID documents (passports, ID cards and banknotes) of the year awards are announced at a special ceremony during the conference.
Two awards in the best new Passport category in Europe, Middle East and Africa were presented to the new Lithuanian Passport and the new Maltese Passport. Service of Technological Security of State Documents under the Ministry of Finance (hereinafter – the Service) was awarded for the new Lithuanian Passport which was launched in May of 2019. The Service was evaluated for the perfect linkage of the Passport’s elegant design with the most advanced technological security features some of which were used for the first time. Transparent window with the laser engraved Passport holder’s image was introduced, as well as multi-colour image of Vilnius Cathedral, Bell Tower and Gediminas Castle fluorescing under UV light, and diffractive optically variable image device – kinegram with 3D effect, an image with changing colours when viewing at different angles, and metallized part of Columns of Gediminas. More