Belgium approves universal charger legislation
The Belgian federal government on Friday transposed into national law a European directive that will require every mobile phone to have a common charger from 2024, Telecommunications minister Petra De Sutter said.
The European Parliament last year approved the introduction of a universal charger for smartphones and other small electronic devices.
These devices will have to be equipped with a USB-C port from the end of 2024. Consumers will be able to choose whether or not they want to buy a new charger along with their device.
The Belgian government has approved a law amendment that will bring the measure into force next year.
The measure also applies to devices such as digital cameras, headphones, portable speakers, e-readers and tablets. For laptops, a universal charger will be mandatory from 2026, De Sutter said.
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