Motion for a resolution - B9-0085/2020Motion for a resolution

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION on a common charger for mobile radio equipment

22.1.2020 - (2019/2983(RSP))

to wind up the debate on the statement by the Commission
pursuant to Rule 132(2) of the Rules of Procedure

Adam Bielan, Evžen Tošenovský
on behalf of the ECR Group

See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B9-0070/2020

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European Parliament resolution on a common charger for mobile radio equipment


The European Parliament,

 having regard to Directive 2014/53/EU (Radio Equipment Directive) of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of radio equipment and repealing Directive 1999/5/EC[1],

 having regard to Rule 132(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas the single market has been, and remains, the basis for the EU’s competitiveness and economic success, and an engine of growth and jobs;

B. whereas, despite developments in the market having reduced the number of types of chargers, voluntary agreements between industry players have not fully resolved the issue of a common charger for mobile phones;

C. whereas consumers are still faced with a situation whereby they receive different chargers when buying new devices from different vendors and have no option but to receive a new charger when purchasing a new mobile phone from the same vendor;

D. whereas consumer trends in the past 10 years show an increase in multi‑device ownership and shorter life cycles of some radio equipment such as smartphones; whereas older equipment is often replaced not because it needs to be, but simply because it is seen as outdated or is no longer supported with updates; whereas this results in additional electronic waste, including chargers;

1. Calls on the Commission to present without further delay the results of the impact assessment on the introduction of a common charger for mobile phones; emphasises the need for reliable figures on environmental waste caused by the lack of a common charger so that alternative options can be adequately assessed and shown to reduce waste;

2. Reiterates that if the results of the impact assessment and the public consultation show a clear added value of introducing a common charger, including environmental and consumer benefits and a reasonable economic cost for the industry, the Commission should adopt without undue delay the delegated act supplementing the Radio Equipment Directive;

3. Stresses that there is a need for EU action to reduce the amount of electronic waste, empower consumers to make sustainable choices, and allow them to fully participate in an efficient and properly functioning internal market;

4. Emphasises the need for a standard for a common charger for mobile radio equipment to be adopted should the delegated act be adopted in order to avoid further fragmentation of the internal market; notes that the performance requirements for mobile phones may differ from other types of radio equipment and consumers should be adequately informed to increase their understanding and the ease of use of products;

5. Highlights that any initiative in the form of a delegated act on a common charger or any other possible legislative measure concerning other compatible devices should not bring an additional bureaucratic burden and hamper the market, in particular by hindering or delaying future innovation; recalls the ‘one in, one out’ principle;

6. Points out that the use of wireless charging technology entails additional benefits such as mitigating electronic waste; calls on the Commission therefore to take measures to best ensure the interoperability of different wireless chargers with different mobile radio devices; reiterates the importance of research and innovation in this domain to improve existing technologies and come up with new ones, and supports the technology neutral principle;

7. Highlights that if in the future a charger is not included with a device, this should be made clear to consumers at the time of purchase, in particular with regard to the price, giving consumers the right to decide to proceed with the purchase with or without the charger;

8. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission and the governments and parliaments of the Member States.


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