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04 Feb 20201 minute read

MEPs vote for smartphone universal charger

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MEPs vote for smartphone universal charger

Members of the European Parliament have voted 582-40 in favour of having a universal charging solution for smartphones and other portable electrical devices.

The MEPs will now urge the European Commission to adopt the proposals, which are intended to reduce electronic waste and facilitate the circular economy.

Back in 2009, there were dozens of different charging devices, but today there are just three main ones – with Apple devices and Android ones (such as Google) typically utilising different solutions.

Last month a spokesperson for Apple criticised proposals for a universal charger, commenting that they would “stifle innovation”.

The UK remains subject to EU law until the transition period finishes at the end of 2020.

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