Universal Phone Charger: Interview with Barbara Weiler MEP

Common Charger for all mobile phones: vote in the European Parliament

On 13 March 2014, MEP’s in Strasbourg voted for a directive which will impose a universal charger for mobile phones within three years. The directive will replace the voluntary agreement with mobile phone manufacturers which expired at the end of 2012.

Shortly before the vote, I spoke to rapporteur Barbara Weiler about the benefits of a universal charger, what the vote will mean for consumers and the case of the Apple connector.

The Weiler Report was passed by 550 votes to 12 with 8 abstentions. The draft law has already been informally agreed with the Council of Ministers but will still have to be formally approved.

The vote for the Common Charger 13 04 2014 Photo Graham Waghorn

The vote for the Common Charger
13 04 2014
Photo Graham Waghorn

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Barbara Weiler

Video also on ‘Patently Apple’ website

EU Universal Phone Connecterr

Photo G. Waghorn

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