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European Parliament votes for a single charger standard

Will be mandatory for a raft of hardware
Fri Mar 14 2014, 09:31
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THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT has voted in favour of a single European charger standard that will apply to all hardware devices from phones to tablets, including GPS systems.

In a renewed effort to get the common charger in use, the European Parliament supported draft legislation yesterday by a large majority.

The one charger to charge them all makes a lot of sense, Rather than have five cables hanging off your desk you could have one that would all your mobile devices, and also things like modems. This would save money for hardware firms and punters, and prevent some interference between kit.

"The rules aim to keep pace with the growing number and variety of radio equipment devices and ensure that they do not interfere with each other while respecting essential health and safety requirements," said the European Parliament.

If the draft vote gets the backing of the Council of Europe, nation states will have two years to adopt it. Hardware outfits will get three years to implement it.

"The modernised Radio Equipment Directive is an efficient tool to prevent interference between different radio equipment devices. I am especially pleased that we agreed on the introduction of a common charger," said European Parliament rapporteur Barbara Weiler.

"This serves the interests both of consumers and the environment. It will put an end to charger clutter and 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste annually."

There is still a chance for changes, and the European Parliament said that the European Commission could put limits on the kinds of hardware covered by the rules. The draft law was approved by 550 votes to 12, with eight abstentions.

The European Commission gave its backing to a universal charger in 2011. Those plans were developed in consultation with 14 technology companies including Apple, Nokia, Blackberry, Samsung and Sony Ericsson.

The European Union announced its support for a compulsory common charger standard last September. µ


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