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Agreement on a common charger in the EU

Jun 8, 2022 | News

(07 June 2022) – A provisional political agreement has been reached between the European Parliament and EU Member States on the Commission’ proposal on a common charging solution.

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As of 2024, all new handheld mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, handheld videogame consoles, headphones, headsets, portable speakers, e-readers, keyboards, mice, portable navigation systems, and earbuds will have to be equipped with a USB-C charging port. Laptops will follow as of 2026.

Leveraging the power of the Single Market, these new but long-awaited (13 years) rules will bring resource and CO2 savings while leaving room for adaptation to technological innovation.

Today’s agreement confirms and extends the Commission’s proposal: the charging port and fast charging technology will be harmonised; the sale of a charger will be unbundled from the sale of the electronic device; information for consumers will be improved and the new rules will set the way for harmonised wireless charging solutions.

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