A universal mobile phone charger could reduce costs and waste

EU pushing for universal phone chargers

The Internal Market Committee of the European Parliament has drafted amendments to the proposed law on radio equipment, calling for manufacturers to make all mobile phones compatible with a universal charger.

Such a charger, it is believed, would help to cut costs and waste produced by the mobile phone users. The Committee has also suggested deleting a rule from the proposed legislation that would require manufacturers to register certain categories of radio devices before releasing them to the market.

"We urge member states and manufacturers finally to introduce a universal charger, to put an end to cable chaos for mobile phones and tablet computers", said rapporteur Barbara Weiler, adding that "we have changed key points in the Commission draft to avoid interference between different radio equipment devices while ensuring that small firms will not face a heavier administrative burden".

The directive is supposed to harmonise rules for radio equipment, such as mobile phones, car door openers and modems. Due to the growing number of these devices, interference is becoming a growing issue, as well as certain health and safety aspects.

The legislative resolution was adopted unanimously by all members of the committee. The amendment will now be introduced to the European Council for further consideration.

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