Common charger for mobile radio equipment

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Series Details 2019/2983(RSP)
Publication Date 2020
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Non-legislative Resolution adopted by the European Parliament in January 2020, which urges the European Commission to put forward improved rules on common chargers within the following months.

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The Resolution - approved by 582 votes to 40 - calls for the mandatory introduction of common chargers for all mobile devices. The Parliament urges the European Commission to adopt a delegated act by July 2020 or, if necessary, table a legislative measure by the same date, at the latest. Lawmakers also wish to see measures to best ensure the interoperability of different wireless chargers with different mobile devices, to work towards an increase in the volume of cables and chargers collected and recycled in Member States, and to ensure that consumers are no longer obliged to buy new chargers with each new device.

In the 2014 Radio Equipment Directive, the European Commission had already encouraged the industry to develop common chargers but without compulsory

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The New York Times, 17/01/2020: A Common Charger for All Phones? The E.U. Is on the Case
BBC News, 17/01/2020: Apple may have to abandon Lightning connector cable
Reuters, 30/01/2020: EU lawmakers, with eye on Apple, call for common mobile charger
The Brussels Times, 30/01/2020: EU to impose a universal charger for all smart phone brands
EUObserver, 31/01/2020: MEPs urge binding rules for common chargers by July
EurActiv, 03/02/2020: MEPs want tech firms to adopt universal charger, Commission ‘ready’ to take matter in hand

European Parliament: Press Release, 30/01/2020: Parliament wants binding rules on common chargers to be tabled by summer

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