|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Communication|
|Series Title||Press Release|
|Series Details||IP/09/1049 (29.06.09)|
Incompatibility of chargers for mobile phones is a major inconvenience for users and also leads to unnecessary waste. Therefore, the Commission requested the industry to come forward with a voluntary commitment to solve this problem so as to avoid legislation. As a result major producers of mobile phones agreed to harmonise chargers in the EU. In a Memorandum of Understanding ('MoU'), which was submitted to the Commission on 29 June, 2009, the industry committed to provide chargers compatibility on the basis of the Micro-USB connector. In addition new EU standards to ensure continued safe charger use will be developed to facilitate the implementation of the MoU. The first generation of new inter-chargeable mobile phones should reach the EU market from 2010 onwards.
|Subject Categories||Business and Industry|
|Countries / Regions||Europe|