European Parliament opens option for a common charger for mobile phones Published on: 13/03/2014
European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: "Today's vote sets the basis for further innovation and growth in the area of mobile communications. The sector continues to show enormous potential. Reliable and fast wireless communications are essential to the on-going revolution in manufacturing, services, education, entertainment and practically all spheres of life. And there is more: the new rules enable us to introduce a common charger for mobile phones and similar devices. This is very good news for our citizens and for the environment”.
The European Commission welcomed the green light of the European Parliament to open up the possibility for the introduction of a common charger for mobile phones and other portable devices in the update of the rules on radio equipment.
Streamlined rules to simplify application and improve compliance
Changes in the new directive include:
- A clearer requirement that radio receivers achieve a minimum level of performance so as to contribute to an efficient use of radio spectrum;
- Clear obligations for manufacturers, importers and distributors. The new directive is aligned with the New Legislative Framework for products (IP/14/111), which makes the overall regulatory framework for products more consistent and easier to apply;
- Improved instruments for market surveillance, in particular the traceability obligations of manufacturers, importers and distributors and the possibility to require prior registration of radio equipment within categories affected by low levels of compliance;
- Deletion of unnecessary administrative obligations, such as the prior notification of radio equipment using non-harmonised frequency bands.
- ensure that software can only be used with radio equipment after the compliance of that particular combination of software and the radio equipment has been demonstrated;
- the Commission will have the possibility to require that mobile phones and other portable devices are compatible with a common charger.