should be charged and/or connected via the USB-C interface. This both to prevent monopoly situations with proprietary interfaces
like Apple lighting) and to make all devices compatible with the same charger/cable to reduce electronic waste.
A few quotes from the press release
Why is the Commission acting to introduce a common charging solution?
Innovation and rapid development of the ICT market has led to high number of devices and charging solutions. While ICT innovation is generally welcome,
this has led to consumer overload and frustration with incompatible charging solutions and negative impact on the environment. Years of working with industry
in a voluntary approach already brought down the number of mobile phone chargers from 30 to 3 within the last decade, but could not deliver a complete solution
What are the measures the Commission is proposing today?
The Commission proposes to introduce new requirements to ensure the interoperability for the charging of a number of electronic devices. In particular, the Commission proposes to:
- Harmonise the charging port: USB-C will become the standard one for all devices covered;
- Harmonise the fast charging technology;
- Give consumers the possibility of choosing whether to purchase a new electronic device with or without a new charger;
- Inform consumers about charging characteristics of the electronic devices.
Which electronic devices are covered by today's proposal?
The products concerned by these new requirements are mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, headphones, headsets, hand-held video game consoles,
and portable speakers. The broadening of the scope beyond mobile phones allows to further enhance the positive impacts of the requirements.
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/pressco ... DA_21_4614
Also note that this is just a proposition and I would assume it will be the EU parliament that will take the decision on whether or not to pass this proposition.