Members of the European Parliament’s internal market committee on Thursday voted unanimously for a new law mandating a universal mobile phone charger. The MEPs want all radio equipment devices and their accessories, such as chargers, to be interoperable to cut down on electronic waste.
German MEP Barbara Weiler said she wanted to see an end to ‘cable chaos’.
This is not the first attempt to set a standard for universal phone chargers. In 2009, the European Commission, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and leading mobile phone manufacturers drew up a voluntary agreement based on the micro USB connector.
The draft law also lays down rules for other radio equipment, such as car door openers or modems, to ensure that they do not interfere with each other. The committee also cut some red tape, by deleting a rule that would have required manufacturers to register certain categories of devices before placing them on the market.
The committee is now expected to begin informal negotiations with the European Council in order to move the legislative process along quickly.
by Jennifer Baker, IDG News Service