Political agreement is reached for the introduction of the universal charger for all mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras. This was announced by the Internal Market Committee of the European Parliament.

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Universal charger, by 2024 smartphones, tablets and cameras will have to have USB-C as a common charging point

The directive envisages using a common USB-C charging point for all electronic devices and making charging software protocols interoperable between brands. With a view to reducing electronic waste.

The European agreement also provides for a stop to the sale of new chargers for each device: consumers will have the opportunity to use their old cables, a policy already applied by Apple, for example.

By autumn 2024, USB-C will therefore become the common charging port for all mobile devices in the EU. The directive stipulates that mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, earphones, digital cameras, headphones and earphones, portable video game consoles and portable speakers that are rechargeable via wired cable must be equipped with a USB-C port, regardless of the manufacturer.

Laptops will also need to be upgraded to the requirements within 40 months of the directive coming into force. Charging speed will also need to be harmonized, allowing users to charge their devices at the same speed with any compatible charger.

The ability for consumers to choose whether to buy new devices with or without a charging device will lead “to greater reuse of chargers and help consumers save up to € 250 million per year on unnecessary charger purchases,” he points out. the European Parliament, which estimates that “disposed and unused chargers represent about 11 thousand tons of electronic waste per year”.

Commissioner Breton: “The rule applies to everyone, it is not made against anyone”

“The rule” for the introduction of the universal charger, underlined the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, “It is valid for 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,” Breton said in response to a question about whether Apple will not comply with the European directive.

“We will start applying the rules in 24 months, let’s give the companies two years, that’s more than enough, but we encourage them to adapt sooner. A word to the wise ”, added the European Commissioner for the Internal Market.

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