As ChannelObserver reports, mobile phones and many other electrical devices in the EU will be required to have a standardised charging socket from mid-2024. Negotiators from the EU states and the European Parliament agreed on USB-C as the standard charging socket. The regulation applies, for example, to smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones and portable speakers.
In addition, the Parliament had been able to achieve in the negotiations that, for example, laptops, e-readers, keyboards and computer mice, navigation systems, smartwatches and electronic toys would also be included, as long as the devices were large enough for a corresponding connection – whereby there would be a longer transition period for laptops. In future, it will also be possible to buy the device and charger as well as the charging cable separately.
The EU states, in contrast, had achieved in the negotiations that the new Act would only apply from mid-2024. Both the EU countries and the European Parliament still have to formally approve the agreement. That is considered a formality, however.
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