Announced years ago, now is the time: Cell phones and many other electronic devices should have a standard EU charging socket from mid-2024. The head of negotiations, Anna Cavazzini (the Greens), said on Tuesday that negotiators are from EU countries And the European Parliament has agreed on USB-C as the standard charging socket.
Also tablets and cameras
According to you, the regulation applies to smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, and portable speakers. The presidency of the French Council also confirmed the agreement. In addition, Parliament was able to impose in the negotiations, for example, laptop computers, e-readers, keyboards, computer mice, navigation systems, smart watches and electronic games, as long as the devices are large enough for the corresponding connection – although there is a transition period Longer for laptops. It will also be possible in the future to purchase the device and the charger as well as the charging cable separately.
EU countries must agree
On the other hand, the EU countries in the negotiations concluded that the new law will only take effect from mid-2024. Parliament wanted the rules to come into force earlier. The EU countries and the European Parliament have yet to formally approve the agreement. But this is a formality.
The Municipal Corporations Association (VKU) welcomed the outcome of the negotiations, saying: “The best waste is the one that is not created in the first place.” The project conserves resources and consumers’ nerves, the spokesperson said. VKU regulated companies are responsible for waste disposal, among other things.