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EU backs common charger for mobile devices by 2024 – POLITICO


All new devices on the EU market will have to include a USB-C charging port by autumn 2024 after the Council of the EU, Commission and Parliament agreed on Tuesday on new new rules to reduce e-waste.

“Mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, headphones, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, portable video game consoles, and portable speakers that can be charged via a wired cable will need to be equipped with a USB Type-C port, regardless of their manufacturer,” read a Parliament press release, “Laptops will also have to be adapted to the requirements within 40 months of entry into force.”

This includes all laptops, said shadow reporter Andrey Kovachev. Longer implementation period of 40 months instead of 24 is a compromise after disagreements over whether laptops should be affected, as they tend to require more power and use a wider variety of chargers.

Other sticking points were whether vendors would be prohibited from bundling chargers with each device, to save on waste, and how wireless chargers should be standardized. These will now be addressed at a later date after further assessments by the European Commission and standards authorities, Kovachev said.

One manufacturer that will need to make significant changes is Apple, which spoke out against the European Commission’s initial proposal in September. iPhone models use Apple’s proprietary Lightning cable.

It comes after a decade of slow EU progress on a standardized billing method. The shadow rapporteurs said the directive should be voted on in plenary in July.

CORRECTION: This article has been corrected to clarify that the rules have been approved by the EU Council, Commission and Parliament and that the legislation is a directive.

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