A Maltese MEP has taken multinational tech companies to task for not adhering to EU recommendations to stop releasing different chargers for multiple versions of their smartphones.
“Today, I spoke in favour of a common charger for all mobiles that enter the European market,” Alex Agius Saliba said.
“I cannot be that companies that produce mobiles, especially multinational companies like Apple, continue to ignore European recommendations and continue to release different chargers for different models.”
Non-compatible chargers can be a major issue for consumers running low on battery and stuck without the correct plug. The EU estimates that there are over 30 different types of charger in the common market, with nearly every EU household believed to have gathered a number of old chargers in a drawer somewhere.
Agius Saliba’s proposal comes as part of a revision of the Radio Equipment Directive that’s currently underway.
He said that a common charger for all mobiles would reduce consumer costs as well as minimise waste in Europe.
“A common charger for all mobiles in the market would leave more money in consumer’s pockets since they won’t need to buy a new charger with every new mobile they buy,” he said, “while at the same time it would help to produce less electronic waste that leaves a negative impact on our environment.”