Europe Moves Close to a Single Charger Standard for All Phones

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The European Union has approved the final stage of plans to require a single common phone charger standard for all phones sold in the region although full compliance could take up to three more years.

The common charger is part of a provisional deal on radio equipment rules struck by politicians and the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of Ministers on Thursday.

"I am especially pleased that we agreed on the introduction of a common charger - although the Council and the Commission were hesitant at first. This will benefit the consumers", said rapporteur Barbara Weiler after the successful outcome of the negotiations with the Council.

The draft directive lays down harmonised rules for placing radio equipment, including cellular telephones, car door openers and modems, on the market. The rules aim to keep pace with the growing number and variety of radio equipment devices and ensure that they do not interfere with each other while respecting essential health and safety requirements.

Common charger

European politicians ensured that the new radio equipment rules will oblige manufacturers to make mobile phones compatible with a common charger. It will simplify the use of radio equipment and reduce unnecessary waste and cost for

Cutting red tape

Customers will also face less paper work when buying radio equipment, because manufactures will be allowed to leave out a separate "book" of declaration of conformity, in favour of a simplified statement on conformity with a web link to a full declaration.

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