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European Politicians Approve Rules for Single Phone Charger Standard

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European Union politicians have voted in favour of a regulation that will require all mobile phones sold in Europe to come with a standardised charger, but it could be at least three years before the rules come into effect.

The common charger regulation was added to an update on the Radio Equipment Directive.

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.

MEPs called for a renewed effort to develop a common charger for certain categories of radio equipment, in particular mobile phones, because it would simplify their use and would reduce unnecessary waste and costs.

They amended the draft law to stipulate that the ability to work with common chargers will be an essential requirement for radio equipment. However, it will be up to the European Commission to decide which specific types of radio equipment will have to meet this requirement, the text adds.

Next steps

The draft law was approved by 550 votes to 12, with 8 abstentions. It will still have to be formally approved by the Council. Member states will have two years to transpose the rules into their national laws and manufacturers will have an additional year to comply.

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