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European Union votes for universal USB-C charger

The European Parliament has voted. With an overwhelming majority (602 votes in favour, 13 against and 8 abstentions), it imposes the UBC-C universal charger on smartphones, tablets and cameras sold in the European Union. By the end of 2024, all these products will have to be equipped with it. In the spring of 2026, this commitment will be extended to laptops.

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In addition, the directive, passed on Tuesday, provides that consumers, when purchasing a device, can choose whether to purchase it with or without a charger; and harmonize the speed of fast charging between manufacturers.

Essentially, the directive is aimed at Apple. The manufacturer does use its own port called Lightning in several of its products, including the iPhone. According to a specialized analyst, Apple may equip its iPhones with USB-C from 2023, on the next iPhone 15.

11,000 tons of unused magazines per year

These legislative measures, introduced by the Commission on September 23, 2021, apply to headphones, handheld consoles, speakers, e-readers, keyboards, mice, GPS and wired rechargeable headphones up to 100W. They are designed to limit e-waste and product obsolescence. According to the EU, discarded and unused chargers amount to 11,000 tons of e-waste per year.

The Council must now approve the directive, which will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the EU. Member States will then have 12 months to transpose it into their national law and then another 12 months to apply it. Devices placed on the market before the application date will not be affected.

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