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Universal charger for portable electronic devices in the Union. The EP approves the new rules

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There will be one charger for mobile phones, readers, cameras, headphones, game consoles or portable speakers. It took over a decade to negotiate the law. “No more chargers piled up in cabinets,” said the deputy head of the European Commission Margrethe Vestager.

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“We have finally achieved the goal of making life easier for consumers and an environmentally friendly solution,” emphasized MEP Róża Thun.

“This is a special day for European consumers, one universal, reusable charger will make it easier for all of us to function in an increasingly digitized world” – said MEP Beata Mazurek.

Universal charger. The EP approved the new law

In recent years, manufacturers of mobile devices have tried to voluntarily unify the standards and there are currently 3 types of chargers available on the market. Now the voluntary approach will be replaced by regulations, in the case of laptops, the regulations will enter into force later, at the end of 2025.

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The American giant Apple, which has so far broken out of the joint arrangements, will have to change the connectors in its devices intended for sale in Europe.

The agreements also provide for harmonization of the charging speed. In addition, the charger will no longer be compulsorily sold with the phone. Consumers are estimated to save up to € 250 million per year on shifts. The regulations also aim to reduce the amount of electronic waste.

Source: Gazeta

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