The European institutions have reached a political agreement for the introduction of a universal charger for all mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras. This was announced by the Internal Market Committee of the European Parliament. The directive envisages using a common USB-C charging point for all mobile devices and making charging software protocols interoperable between brands. In order to reduce electronic waste, also stop the sale of new chargers for each device: consumers will have the possibility to use their old cables.

“The rule” for the introduction of the universal USB-C charger “applies to everyone, it is not made against anyone. We do not force anyone to enter the internal market, but there are rules that apply to everyone”. Thus the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, answering a question about the possibility that Apple will not comply with the European directive. “We will begin to apply the rules in 24 months, we give the” tech “companies two years, that’s more than enough, but we encourage them to adapt sooner. A few words to the wise,” he added.

“The agreement is a milestone after more than 10 years of work on this directive.” So Alex Agius Saliba, Maltese Socialist MEP and rapporteur for the European Parliament on the directive for the adoption of a single charger, at a press conference after the political agreement reached between the EU institutions. “Thanks to the law, over 250 million euros spent by consumers on useless chargers will be saved,” which generate “between 13 and 15 thousand tons of electronic waste, explained Saliba.” Among the products included in the list of products or which chargers will have to converge in the use of a charger with the Usb-C type there will be laptops, mobile phones, tablets, headphones, earphones, e-Readers and other products “but for laptops the deadline will be postponed” by 16 months to allow the market to align “, concludes the MEP.

“The agreement represents an important development prospect for the technology sector in two directions: environmental sustainability and an improvement in the consumer’s user experience”: explains Marta Valsecchi, Operations Director of the Digital Innovation Observatories of the Politecnico di Milano “. It is undoubtedly a step forward for environmental sustainability by reducing electronic waste and allowing the virtuous reuse of instruments. choose to buy the new devices with or without a recharging system “.