11 Mar 2014
STRASBOURG, FRANCE (MARCH 12, 2014) (SOCIALISTS AND DEMOCRATS, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - ACCESS ALL)
1. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF BATTERY CHARGERS FOR CELL PHONES
FRANCE, STRASBOURG (MARCH 13, 2014) (SOCIALISTS AND DEMOCRATS, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - ACCESS ALL)
1. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IN STRASBOURG (EXTERIOR)
2. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF BARBARA WEILER TALKING TO A JOURNALIST
3. BARBARA WEILER (S&D MEP ANS RAPPORTEUR ON RADIO EQUIPMENT REPORT, DE) SAYING (ENGLISH):
"In the next three years, the industry has to bring on the market common chargers for different categories of devices, including mobile phones. That means that citizens won't have to collect series of chargers at home, because everytime you buy a new mobile phone, you have different chargers"
4. CUTAWAY: BARBARA WEILER TALKING TO A JOURNALIST
5. BARBARA WEILER (S&D MEP ANS RAPPORTEUR ON THE RADIO EQUIPMENT REPORT, DE) SAYING (ENGLISH): "It is not only more convenient, it is also a way not to waste money and resources. Indeed, around 50.000 tons of electronic waste is throw out each year. The benefit will go to citizens and to environnement "
6. CUTAWAY: BARBARA WEILER TALKING TO A JOURNALIST
S&D MEPs pushed for an historic legislation obliging manufacturers to produce compatible chargers for mobile phones and other devices.
Electronics manufacturers will be now obliged to provide a common battery charger for mobile phones, smart phones, tablets, digital cameras, music players and similar devices. This legislation, adopted for the first time, will bring significant benefits for consumers and will reduce electronic waste.
The European parliament's negotiator Barbara Weiler stressed after the vote:
"The current incompatibility of chargers for mobile phones, smart phones, tablets, digital cameras, music players is a nightmare and a real inconvenience for consumers. This new directive ends this nightmare and is also good news for the environment as it will result in a reduction of electronic waste. We want the industry, the European Commission and member states to take these steps in the interest of European consumers"
The directive also lays down harmonised rules for placing radio equipment on the market. The rules aim to keep pace with the growing number and variety of radio equipment devices and ensure that they do not interfere with each other.
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