November 30, 2022

The European Parliament on Tuesday finally approved a resolution requiring manufacturers of smartphones and other mobile devices to ship their products with a standard type of charger.

After this vote of the European MPs in Strasbourg, USB-C chargers will be the only chargers for portable electronic devices sold in the European Union from autumn 2024, despite strong opposition from Apple.

The deputies approved the text by a majority of six hundred and two votes (against 13 votes with eight abstentions).

“This is a great day for consumers and for our environment,” said MEP Alex Agios Saliba, Labor MP for Malta, who is the rapporteur for the text.

A few hours ago, Saliba showed up with a set of various similar chargers and said, “That question is a thing of the past.”

This new requirement will apply to mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, helmets, digital cameras, wireless headphones, portable game consoles, GPS devices, keyboards and mice, and portable home assistants, regardless of their manufacturer.

The decision will also apply to laptops starting in 2026.

Through this vote, the European Parliament ratified an agreement reached in early June with member countries after a decade of trying to introduce unified chargers, angering Apple, the world’s leading opposition to such groundbreaking legislation.

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