Two weeks ago we wrote about the intention to introduce standardized charging ports for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets within the European Union in order to reduce the generation of electronic waste. Yesterday a resolution was adopted. The European Commission should prepare the relevant legislation within six months. At this point, it is not known which port is to be considered universal.
Thursday's vote was extremely unanimous, with 3/4 of the European Parliament in favour. Roza Thun und Hohenstein, Vice-President of the IMCO (Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection), stated that:
“The Commission has to show leadership and stop letting tech giants dictate us standards. If digital sovereignty means something to this new Commission, we expect a proposal to establish a standard of a common charger, within the next six months.”
Of course, such a turn of events is not beneficial to everyone. One of the biggest opponents of the EU resolution is Apple, which is known for its use of the unique Lightning port. The company claims that a common charger will hamper the development of this technology.