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Common EU charger

Common EU charger


Parliament and Council negotiators reached a provisional political agreement on the amended Radio Equipment Directive on the 8th of June, establishing a single charging solution for certain electronic devices, like mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras. This marks an important step towards reducing electronic waste in the EU and making consumers’ lives easier. The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee adopted its position on the amended Radio Equipment Directive on 20 April and a plenary announcement confirmed Parliament’s negotiating position on 4 May.

After a decade of pushing by the Parliament, the Commission presented a proposal on the common charger in September 2021. With the proposal for a revised Radio Equipment Directive, the charging port and fast charging technology will be harmonised: USB-C will become the standard port for all smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers and handheld videogame consoles. In addition, the Commission proposed decoupling the sale of chargers from the sale of electronic devices. This will improve consumers' convenience and reduce the environmental footprint associated with the production and disposal of chargers, thereby supporting the green and digital transitions.

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Event date14/06/2022