December 20, 2013
The EU just came one step closer to mandating a common charger for cell phones
The European Union wants every cell phone sold in Europe, whether smart or otherwise, to come with a standard charger. Today the EU came one step closer to that goal. Members of European parliament finally convinced the Council of Ministers that a common charger would reduce waste as well as making life easier for consumers who switch from one phone to another.
It won't happen overnight though. The parliament still needs to vote on the law, which can only happen after agreement from member states and another committee vote, which means the law probably won’t be signed until March of next year. Even after that, member states will be given two years to bring national law in line with European law, and manufacturers another year to comply, which means it will be at least 2017 before chargers are homogenized across the Union.
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