The European Union have just reached an agreement on the introduction of a single charger for small electrical appliances, including of course mobile phones. The USB-C charger will become a new standard for the whole European Union.
Clearly this is very positive news for consumers, although will prove a headache for some mobile phone companies who will have to change to the new charger system. Apple will be forced to charge their iPhone chargers. "By autumn 2024, USB Type-C will become the common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets and cameras in the EU," the European Parliament reported in a statement.
"Great news for citizens, an agreement has finally been reached on the introduction of a single charger for small devices. According to my recent research, 92.9 percent of Croatian citizens support the introduction of the same charger for small devices. Namely, we all have full charger drawers at home, and again with every device we have to buy a new one. My first debate on this topic was back in 2013, as soon as I came to Parliament. If this law had been passed when we asked for it, 110,000 tons of chargers would not have been thrown into the environment", said Croatian MEP Biljana Borzan.
The new law will ensure that by the fall of 2024, all cell phones, tablets and cameras have the same charger. The deadline for laptops is 2025. The law also includes game consoles, speakers, keyboards, headphones and similar smaller devices. "It is extremely important to implement this law in a quality manner, i.e. to make devices without chargers cheaper by an average of two hundred Kuna. It is estimated that with this proposal, EU citizens will save 250 million euros a year,” added Borzan.