Europe has reached an agreement on the common rules of the USB Type-C charger

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Colleagues from the European Union have reached a tentative agreement on common charging solutions for smartphones, laptops, tablets and other small to medium-sized electronics – about 15 different categories in total – agreeing that USB Type C will become common charging by fall 2024. port for devices in scope.

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Notebook manufacturers were given slightly more time to implement a common charging solution due to varying charging characteristics – 40 months after the regulations went into effect to adapt their kit.

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The EU is also considering interoperability with wireless charging, although not immediately; The legislators agreed that the Commission should ask standards bodies to develop a standard to ensure wireless charging interoperability. The Commission will then be empowered to adapt the directive through delegated acts to ensure that the wireless charging kit does not circumvent the requirement of a common approach.

A preliminary agreement between the European Parliament and the Council paves the way for a formal vote this summer to approve an amendment to the EU Radio Equipment Directive, but reaching a compromise by the bloc’s peers is usually the key to EU lawmaking.

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The new regulation will come into force 20 days after publication in the Official Journal of the EU, and the general provisions on chargers will apply 24 months after that (hence 2024).

Parliament has been pushing for common charger rules for more than a decade, arguing that it is a key step to reduce the amount of e-waste generated by consumers in the block. Unused chargers rated is about 11,000 tons of e-waste per year, according to EU lawmakers.

The Commission finally came up with a proposal Last failure – and it is remarkable that today’s compromise took only a few months.

“The overall charging solution will not only affect Apple. This will affect many brands making some of these 15 different types of products when it enters into force in two years,” said Parliament’s lead negotiator for the case, Alex Agius Saliba, speaking during a press conference in which he called the preliminary agreement “historic ‘ and ‘great achievement’.

Under the new rules, consumers in the EU will have the option to buy a new device with or without an external power supply, and they must be given clear information about the charging characteristics of new devices so that they can easily determine if their existing chargers are compatible or not. . no.

Scope products placed on the market prior to the application date will not be required to comply, so it will be interesting to see if there is a stream of device releases from manufacturers looking to use existing components ahead of schedule.

Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton, who also attended the press conference to praise what he called a “very important” agreement, said the overall charging approach was in the best interest of European consumers and the environment.

“It’s true that we waited 10 years,” Breton continued. “It was not easy, but we were able to do it. Nine months – only nine months! This means that we can move quickly when there is political will. When can we tell the lobbyists, sorry, but this is Europe; we work for our people, not for your interests.”

He warned that electronics manufacturers wishing to sell devices to consumers in the EU “will have to abide by our rules.” regulations”.

Breton also confirmed that the Commission work on ecodesign and energy labeling measures — which he says are designed to prevent premature obsolescence of smartphones and tablets, another issue he called “very important.”

“These measures will include reliability, ease of disassembly, repair incentives, access to critical spare parts, and faster recycling,” Breton added, assuming the proposed law would be ready after the summer break.

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