EU countries give green light for common charger by fall 2024 – POLITICO

European Union environment ministers gave their final go-ahead on Monday on a mandatory USB-C charging port for electronic devices by 2024.

USB-C will become mandatory for a range of devices, such as mobile phones, tablets and e-readers, digital cameras and game consoles, headphones and speakers, wireless mice and keyboards. wire and portable navigation systems. The rules will apply 24 months after they come into effect, likely in the fall of 2024. Laptops have a longer grace period – of 40 months – which means a common charger for laptops will arrive at the start of 2026.

“Having a charger that fits multiple devices will save money and time and also help us reduce e-waste,” said Czech Industry Minister Jozef Síkela, adding that waste electronic losses due to shippers currently amount to 11,000 metric tons per year.

Lawmakers in the European Parliament already gave their approval in early October. The next steps of the bill are to be signed by the President of Parliament, Roberta Metsola, and a representative of the Council of the EU, currently held by the Czech Republic, and to be published in the Official Journal of the EU (entry into force 20 days after publication).


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