The uniform device charger in the EU should have been a long time ago. Brussels is late

The European Commission should ensure as soon as possible that electronic devices sold in the European Union have uniform chargers.

Members of the European Parliament, who met at plenary session in Strasbourg. The Commission already signed in 2009 voluntary memorandum on universal charger with electronics manufacturers, then, the expectation that the step would lead to the unification of products, however did not fulfill.

In a debate on Monday, MEPs criticized the European Commission for inactivity. “The Commission is not acting. The Commission is afraid, “said the Czech one, for example MEP Kateřina Konečná (KSČM), according to whom she will join the executive is afraid of large multinational companies.

“The voluntary approach did not bring the desired result,” she said in the debate another Czech MEP Dita Charanzová (for YES).

According to her, it would help, among other things, if electronic devices and chargers sold separately. “We don’t want to wait another ten years,” another Czech MEP Michaela Šojdrová (KDU-ČSL) referred the commission. According to her, a single charger would be proof that the commission is serious their plans for “green innovation”.

The vice-chairman of the commission, Maroš Šefčovič, admitted that the current access to on a voluntary basis it did not work as expected by the commission. Companies producing electronics again called for a single charger they introduced themselves.

“Otherwise we will have to consider a legislative solution,” he added.

According to MEPs, manufacturers should sell the single charger for mobile phones, tablets, readers and other devices. According to them, this would not only make life easier for Europeans and reduce their spending on purchase of electronic equipment, but it would also help to protect the environment environment. Functional chargers often when buying a new device they end up in waste unnecessarily. According to the European Parliament, old chargers in the EU will create about 51,000 tons of electrical waste.

Already in 2014, MEPs approved the directive according to which they had to single chargers to sell for three years, ie from 2017.

The European Commission should ensure as soon as possible that electronic devices sold in the European Union have uniform chargers.

Members of the European Parliament, who met at plenary session in Strasbourg. The Commission already signed in 2009 voluntary memorandum on universal charger with electronics manufacturers, then, the expectation that the step would lead to the unification of products, however did not fulfill.

In a debate on Monday, MEPs criticized the European Commission for inactivity. “The Commission is not acting. The Commission is afraid, “said the Czech one, for example MEP Kateřina Konečná (KSČM), according to whom she will join the executive is afraid of large multinational companies.

“The voluntary approach did not bring the desired result,” she said in the debate another Czech MEP Dita Charanzová (for YES).

According to her, it would help, among other things, if electronic devices and chargers sold separately. “We don’t want to wait another ten years,” another Czech MEP Michaela Šojdrová (KDU-ČSL) referred the commission. According to her, a single charger would be proof that the commission is serious their plans for “green innovation”.

The vice-chairman of the commission, Maroš Šefčovič, admitted that the current access to on a voluntary basis it did not work as expected by the commission. Companies producing electronics again called for a single charger they introduced themselves.

“Otherwise we will have to consider a legislative solution,” he added.

According to MEPs, manufacturers should sell the single charger for mobile phones, tablets, readers and other devices. According to them, this would not only make life easier for Europeans and reduce their spending on purchase of electronic equipment, but it would also help to protect the environment environment. Functional chargers often when buying a new device they end up in waste unnecessarily. According to the European Parliament, old chargers in the EU will create about 51,000 tons of electrical waste.

Already in 2014, MEPs approved the directive according to which they had to single chargers to sell for three years, ie from 2017.