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.
If you were to start counting out loud ‘One, two, three, four, five….’, it would take more than 31 thousand years to count to one trillion. This is the number of euros lost due to tax evasion and avoidance each year in the European Union.
I spoke to the Finnish MEP Satu Hassi about the social consequences of this non-payment of taxes.
According to a World Health Organisation report from 2013, residents of the 35 European countries consume the most alcohol per head in the world.
The harmful use of alcohol is responsible for about 120,000 premature deaths per year in the European Union. It is also responsible for economic costs estimated to amount to 125 billion euros in the EU.
I spoke to Dr Romana Jordan the Slovenian MEP who co-sponsored the Resolution on the European Strategy on Alcohol about the policies and plans within the European Union.