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2022/12/07
   Final act published in Official Journal
2022/11/23
   CSL - Draft final act
Documents
2022/11/23
   CSL - Final act signed
2022/10/24
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after Parliament's 1st reading
2022/10/04
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2022/10/04
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 602 votes to 13, with 8 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2014/53/EU on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of radio equipment.

The European Parliament's position adopted at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure amends the Commission's proposal as follows:

Universal charger for mobile devices by 2024

The Directive provides that new mobile devices on the EU market must be equipped with a USB-type C charging receptacle by the end of 2024. This requirement should apply to all portable mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld video game consoles, portable speakers, e-readers, keyboards, computer mice, portable navigation systems, earbuds with a power delivery of 100 watts or less.

Within 40 months of the entry into force of the text, i.e. by 2026, this obligation should be extended to laptops .

Encouraging technological innovation

As wireless charging becomes more widespread, the European Commission will have to harmonise interoperability requirements by the end of 2024 to avoid negative consequences for consumers and the environment.

The Commission will have to request, no later than 24 months after the date of entry into force of the directive, one or more European standardisation organisations to develop harmonised standards setting out technical specifications for charging interface(s) and charging communication protocol(s) for radio equipment that can be charged by means other than wired charging.

Supply of equipment without a charging device

The Directive introduces requirements to ensure that consumers or end-users are not obliged to buy a new charger when purchasing a new mobile phone or similar radio equipment.

Economic operators should ensure that information on whether or not a charging device is included with the radio equipment is displayed in graphic form using a user-friendly and easily accessible pictogram , when such radio equipment is made available to consumers and other end-users.

Harmonised fast-charging technology

The Directive ensures that devices that ensure fast charging will now have the same communication protocol for charging. This will help to ensure that the charging speed is the same regardless of the compatible charger used with an appliance.

Better informed consumers

In order for buyers to make an informed decision on whether or not to purchase a new charger with their new product, dedicated labels should inform consumers about the charging characteristics of new devices so that they can more easily check the compatibility of the chargers they own.

Safety instructions and information

Manufacturers should ensure that radio equipment is accompanied by instructions and safety information. The instructions should contain all the information necessary to use the radio equipment for its intended purpose.

The following information should also be included in the instructions in the case of radio equipment intentionally emitting radio waves: (a) the frequency band(s) in which the radio equipment operates; (b) the maximum radio-frequency power transmitted in the frequency band(s) in which the radio equipment operates.

Report

No later than four years after the date of entry into force of the Directive, the Commission should present a report on the impact of the possibility of acquiring radio equipment without any charging device and without cables, in particular with regard to consumer convenience, reduction of environmental waste, behavioural changes and the development of market practices.

This report should be accompanied, if appropriate, by a proposal to amend the Directive in order to introduce a mandatory unbundling of the sale of charging devices and cables from the sale of radio equipment.

Documents
2022/07/11
   EP - Approval in committee of the text agreed at 1st reading interinstitutional negotiations
Documents
2022/06/30
   EP - Text agreed during interinstitutional negotiations
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2022/06/29
   CSL - Coreper letter confirming interinstitutional agreement
2022/05/04
   EP - Committee decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations confirmed by plenary (Rule 71)
2022/05/02
   EP - Committee decision to enter into interinstitutional negotiations announced in plenary (Rule 71)
2022/04/27
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
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2022/04/27
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading
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2022/04/20
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading
2022/04/20
   EP - Committee decision to open interinstitutional negotiations with report adopted in committee
2022/04/13
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
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2022/02/21
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
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2022/01/11
   EP - Committee draft report
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2021/12/08
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
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2021/11/21
   ES_PARLIAMENT - Contribution
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2021/11/21
   ES_PARLIAMENT - Contribution
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2021/11/21
   ES_PARLIAMENT - Contribution
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2021/11/21
   ES_PARLIAMENT - Contribution
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2021/10/11
   EP - AGIUS SALIBA Alex (S&D) appointed as rapporteur in IMCO
2021/10/04
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading
2021/09/23
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2021/09/23
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2021/09/23
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2021/09/23
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2021/09/17
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to revise the Radio Equipment Directive with a view to proposing a universal charger for mobile phones and similar electronic devices.

PROPOSED ACT: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.

BACKGROUND: since 2009, there have been EU-wide efforts to limit the fragmentation of charging interfaces for mobile phones and similar items of radio equipment. Recent voluntary initiatives do not fully meet the EU’s policy objectives to reduce e-waste, ensure consumer convenience and avoid market fragmentation of charging devices .

The lack of harmonisation in this area can lead to substantial differences between the Member States' laws, regulations, administrative provisions or practices on the interoperability of mobile phones and similar categories or classes of radio equipment with their charging devices, and on the supply of radio equipment without charging devices. In addition, there are several types of fast charging communication protocols for which a minimum level of performance is not always guaranteed.

Therefore, EU action is needed to promote a common level of interoperability and the provision of information to end-users on the charging characteristics of radio equipment.

In January 2020, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for the urgent adoption of a standard for a universal charger for mobile phones to avoid further fragmentation of the internal market.

Mobile phone chargers were estimated to account for around 11000 t of e-waste in 2018 and the associated life-cycle emissions were around 600 ktCO2e. The proposal would thus reduce e-waste generated by the sale of radio equipment as well as the extraction of raw materials and CO2 emissions related to the production, transport and disposal of chargers.

CONTENT: the proposal aims to introduce into Directive 2014/53/EU appropriate requirements regarding the charging communication protocols, the charging interface (i.e. charging receptacle) of certain categories or classes of radio equipment, as well as the information to be provided to end-users regarding the charging characteristics of those categories or classes of radio equipment.

Harmonised charging port for electronic equipment

The proposal requires that mobile phones and similar radio devices (tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld videogame consoles and portable speakers), that are recharged via a wired cable, be equipped with the USB Type-C receptacle and, if they also require charging at voltages higher than 5 volts or currents higher than 3 amperes or powers higher than 15 watts, incorporate the USB Power Delivery charging communication protocol.

The Commission may adopt delegated acts to take into account additional types of charging technologies other than wired charging in the future.

Harmonised fast charging technology

The proposal ensures that devices, when enabling fast charging, incorporate at least the same communication protocol for charging. This will help to ensure that the charging speed is the same when using any compatible charger for a device.

Supply of equipment without a charging device

The proposal introduces requirements to ensure that end-users are not obliged to buy a new charger when purchasing a new mobile phone or similar radio equipment.

Better information for consumers

When purchasing a mobile phone or similar radio equipment, end-users should be provided with the necessary information on its charging characteristics and on the charging device that can be used . This information should be indicated in printed form on the packaging or, if there is no packaging, on a label accompanying the radio equipment, provided that the label is visible.

This would allow consumers to determine the most appropriate external power supply for charging their radio equipment.

According to the Commission, all these measures would help consumers limit the number of new chargers purchased and save them around EUR 250 million per year .

Documents

  • Final act published in Official Journal: Directive 2022/2380
  • Final act published in Official Journal: OJ L 315 07.12.2022, p. 0030
  • Draft final act: 00044/2022/LEX
  • Debate in Parliament: Debate in Parliament
  • Decision by Parliament, 1st reading: T9-0338/2022
  • Approval in committee of the text agreed at 1st reading interinstitutional negotiations: PE734.319
  • Text agreed during interinstitutional negotiations: PE734.319
  • Coreper letter confirming interinstitutional agreement: GEDA/A/(2022)004943
  • Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading: A9-0129/2022
  • Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading: A9-0129/2022
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE719.842
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE704.875
  • Committee draft report: PE702.975
  • Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report: CES5089/2021
  • Contribution: COM(2021)0547
  • Contribution: SWD(2021)0245
  • Contribution: SWD(2021)0246
  • Contribution: SWD(2021)0244
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: SEC(2021)0318
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: SWD(2021)0244
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: SWD(2021)0245
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: SWD(2021)0246
  • Legislative proposal published: COM(2021)0547
  • Legislative proposal published: EUR-Lex
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex SEC(2021)0318
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex SWD(2021)0244
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex SWD(2021)0245
  • Document attached to the procedure: EUR-Lex SWD(2021)0246
  • Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report: CES5089/2021
  • Committee draft report: PE702.975
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE704.875
  • Amendments tabled in committee: PE719.842
  • Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading: A9-0129/2022
  • Coreper letter confirming interinstitutional agreement: GEDA/A/(2022)004943
  • Text agreed during interinstitutional negotiations: PE734.319
  • Draft final act: 00044/2022/LEX
  • Contribution: COM(2021)0547
  • Contribution: SWD(2021)0245
  • Contribution: SWD(2021)0246
  • Contribution: SWD(2021)0244

Activities

Votes

Directive sur les équipements radioélectriques: chargeur universel pour les appareils électroniques - Radio Equipment Directive: common charger for electronic devices - Richtlinie über Funkanlagen: einheitliches Ladegerät für Elektronikgeräte - A9-0129/2022 - Alex Agius Saliba - Accord provisoire - Am 54 #

2022/10/04 Outcome: +: 602, -: 13, 0: 8
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AmendmentsDossier
158 2021/0291(COD)
2022/02/21 IMCO 158 amendments...
source: 704.875

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  • The European Parliament adopted by 602 votes to 13, with 8 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2014/53/EU on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to the making available on the market of radio equipment.
  • The European Parliament's position adopted at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure amends the Commission's proposal as follows:
  • Universal charger for mobile devices by 2024
  • The Directive provides that new mobile devices on the EU market must be equipped with a USB-type C charging receptacle by the end of 2024. This requirement should apply to all portable mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld video game consoles, portable speakers, e-readers, keyboards, computer mice, portable navigation systems, earbuds with a power delivery of 100 watts or less.
  • Within 40 months of the entry into force of the text, i.e. by 2026, this obligation should be extended to laptops .
  • Encouraging technological innovation
  • As wireless charging becomes more widespread, the European Commission will have to harmonise interoperability requirements by the end of 2024 to avoid negative consequences for consumers and the environment.
  • The Commission will have to request, no later than 24 months after the date of entry into force of the directive, one or more European standardisation organisations to develop harmonised standards setting out technical specifications for charging interface(s) and charging communication protocol(s) for radio equipment that can be charged by means other than wired charging.
  • Supply of equipment without a charging device
  • The Directive introduces requirements to ensure that consumers or end-users are not obliged to buy a new charger when purchasing a new mobile phone or similar radio equipment.
  • Economic operators should ensure that information on whether or not a charging device is included with the radio equipment is displayed in graphic form using a user-friendly and easily accessible pictogram , when such radio equipment is made available to consumers and other end-users.
  • Harmonised fast-charging technology
  • The Directive ensures that devices that ensure fast charging will now have the same communication protocol for charging. This will help to ensure that the charging speed is the same regardless of the compatible charger used with an appliance.
  • Better informed consumers
  • In order for buyers to make an informed decision on whether or not to purchase a new charger with their new product, dedicated labels should inform consumers about the charging characteristics of new devices so that they can more easily check the compatibility of the chargers they own.
  • Safety instructions and information
  • Manufacturers should ensure that radio equipment is accompanied by instructions and safety information. The instructions should contain all the information necessary to use the radio equipment for its intended purpose.
  • The following information should also be included in the instructions in the case of radio equipment intentionally emitting radio waves: (a) the frequency band(s) in which the radio equipment operates; (b) the maximum radio-frequency power transmitted in the frequency band(s) in which the radio equipment operates.
  • Report
  • No later than four years after the date of entry into force of the Directive, the Commission should present a report on the impact of the possibility of acquiring radio equipment without any charging device and without cables, in particular with regard to consumer convenience, reduction of environmental waste, behavioural changes and the development of market practices.
  • This report should be accompanied, if appropriate, by a proposal to amend the Directive in order to introduce a mandatory unbundling of the sale of charging devices and cables from the sale of radio equipment.
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  • PURPOSE: to revise the Radio Equipment Directive with a view to proposing a universal charger for mobile phones and similar electronic devices.
  • PROPOSED ACT: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council.
  • ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure and on an equal footing with the Council.
  • BACKGROUND: since 2009, there have been EU-wide efforts to limit the fragmentation of charging interfaces for mobile phones and similar items of radio equipment. Recent voluntary initiatives do not fully meet the EU’s policy objectives to reduce e-waste, ensure consumer convenience and avoid market fragmentation of charging devices .
  • The lack of harmonisation in this area can lead to substantial differences between the Member States' laws, regulations, administrative provisions or practices on the interoperability of mobile phones and similar categories or classes of radio equipment with their charging devices, and on the supply of radio equipment without charging devices. In addition, there are several types of fast charging communication protocols for which a minimum level of performance is not always guaranteed.
  • Therefore, EU action is needed to promote a common level of interoperability and the provision of information to end-users on the charging characteristics of radio equipment.
  • In January 2020, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for the urgent adoption of a standard for a universal charger for mobile phones to avoid further fragmentation of the internal market.
  • Mobile phone chargers were estimated to account for around 11000 t of e-waste in 2018 and the associated life-cycle emissions were around 600 ktCO2e. The proposal would thus reduce e-waste generated by the sale of radio equipment as well as the extraction of raw materials and CO2 emissions related to the production, transport and disposal of chargers.
  • CONTENT: the proposal aims to introduce into Directive 2014/53/EU appropriate requirements regarding the charging communication protocols, the charging interface (i.e. charging receptacle) of certain categories or classes of radio equipment, as well as the information to be provided to end-users regarding the charging characteristics of those categories or classes of radio equipment.
  • Harmonised charging port for electronic equipment
  • The proposal requires that mobile phones and similar radio devices (tablets, digital cameras, headphones and headsets, handheld videogame consoles and portable speakers), that are recharged via a wired cable, be equipped with the USB Type-C receptacle and, if they also require charging at voltages higher than 5 volts or currents higher than 3 amperes or powers higher than 15 watts, incorporate the USB Power Delivery charging communication protocol.
  • The Commission may adopt delegated acts to take into account additional types of charging technologies other than wired charging in the future.
  • Harmonised fast charging technology
  • The proposal ensures that devices, when enabling fast charging, incorporate at least the same communication protocol for charging. This will help to ensure that the charging speed is the same when using any compatible charger for a device.
  • Supply of equipment without a charging device
  • The proposal introduces requirements to ensure that end-users are not obliged to buy a new charger when purchasing a new mobile phone or similar radio equipment.
  • Better information for consumers
  • When purchasing a mobile phone or similar radio equipment, end-users should be provided with the necessary information on its charging characteristics and on the charging device that can be used . This information should be indicated in printed form on the packaging or, if there is no packaging, on a label accompanying the radio equipment, provided that the label is visible.
  • This would allow consumers to determine the most appropriate external power supply for charging their radio equipment.
  • According to the Commission, all these measures would help consumers limit the number of new chargers purchased and save them around EUR 250 million per year .
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