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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.

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Tax avoidance and evasion in the EU: Interview with Satu Hassi MEP

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.

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