European Parliament Overwhelmingly Approves Resolution Calling for Common Chargers on Mobile Devices

European Parliament Overwhelmingly Approves Resolution Calling for Common Chargers on Mobile Devices

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The European Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling for the European Commission to put forward rules that will force smartphone manufacturers to use a common charger. Parliament wants the rules tabled by July 2020 at the latest.

There is an “urgent need for EU regulatory action” to reduce electronic waste and empower consumers to make sustainable choices, MEPs say in a resolution approved by 582 votes to 40, with 37 abstentions, calling for the mandatory introduction of common chargers for all mobile devices. Parliament wants the Commission to adopt the delegated act foreseen in the 2014 Radio Equipment Directive by July 2020 or, if necessary, table a legislative measure by the same date, at the latest.

The EU says the common charger should be "scrutinised regularly in order to take into account technical progress" and also asks the Commission to:
● take measures to best ensure the interoperability of different wireless chargers with different mobile devices;
● consider legislative initiatives to increase the volume of cables and chargers collected and recycled in EU member states;
● ensure that consumers are no longer obliged to buy new chargers with each new device: strategies to decouple the purchase of chargers from the purchase of new devices should be introduced with a common charger solution, MEPs say, stressing however that “any measure aiming at decoupling should avoid potentially higher prices for consumers”.

This legislation would primarily affect Apple who uses the Lightning port instead of USB-C for its mobile phones. The company has already spoken out against the proposed legislation but it's unclear what steps it would take if the EU does introduce rules forcing a common charging standard.

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European Parliament Overwhelmingly Approves Resolution Calling for Common Chargers on Mobile Devices

nottooloud - February 1, 2020 at 1:17pm
Is this as stupidly worded as it seems? A cable is not a charger. I use the big USB charger from my original iPad to charge any of my Android or iOS devices, regardless of what connector is on the device.
LeoNyx86 - February 1, 2020 at 8:50am
Just do not force us to use inferior technology. No slow chargers either please.
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