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MEPs vote to expand scope of common charger rules


European Union lawmakers have taken a step closer to agreeing rules to standardize how a range of mobile gadgetry is charged.
Today MEPs in the European Parliament’s internal market and consumer protection (IMCO) committee adopted their position on a Commission proposal announced last fall, ahead of a full vote by the parliament next month to confirm how it will negotiate with Member State governments on the detail of the legislation.
The Council adopted its position on the common charger proposal back in January.
The IMCO committee voted 43:2 in favor of a negotiation position that will push to standardize charger ports for a range of mobile devices on USB Type-C, including smartphones, tablets, handheld games consoles, e-readers, digital cameras, electronic toys and more — with MEPs voting to expand the original proposal to cover laptops, among other additional products.
The committee backed exemptions for devices wh …

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