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Call to introduce common charger for all mobile phones 

To reduce electronic waste and make consumers’ life easier, MEPs want binding measures for chargers to fit all mobile phones and other portable devices.

In the 2014 Radio Equipment Directive, EU lawmakers called for a common charger to be developed and gave the Commission powers to pursue this via a delegated act.

The Commission's approach of “encouraging” industry to develop common chargers fell short of the co-legislators’ objectives. The voluntary agreements between different industry players have not yielded the desired results.

A common charger should fit all mobile phones, tablets, e-book readers and other portable devices, MEPs will insist.

The debate on Monday will be wound up by a resolution in a forthcoming plenary session.

According to estimates, old chargers generate more than 51 000 tonnes of electronic waste per year.

Commission statement (with resolution)

Procedure Code: 2019/2983(RSP)

Debate: Monday, 13 January

Vote will be held at a future session