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  • From 30 chargers to 1. Europe's first common mobile phone charger was unveiled in Brussels

  • on Tuesday. The charger promises to help consumer and the environment.

  • SOUNDBITE (in English) Bridget Cosgrave, Director-General of DigitalEurope:

  • "The new mobile phone common charger is a major step forward in technical terms for

  • our industry and means that consumers will be able to use their common chargers with

  • various mobile phones and other devices compatible with micro USB specification."

  • Europe has 500 million cell phones, and old chargers generate more than 51,000 tons of

  • electric waste each year. A common charger will be reusable, even when switching brands.

  • SOUNDBITE (in French) Antonio Tajani: EC Vice-President in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship

  • "The advantages of the new charger are not just that it means a simplification of our

  • daily life; it is also very good for the environment. And I'm very pleased to note that our initiative

  • is generating enormous interest in other parts of the world."

  • The European Commission pushed companies for a single charger for years and in 2009 issued

  • an ultimatum: voluntarily adopt a common charger or face new legislation. Fourteen major manufacturers

  • jumped on board. They represent more than 90 percent of the phone market in Europe and

  • include Apple, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson.

  • SOUNDBITE (in English) Bridget Cosgrave, Director-General of DigitalEurope:

  • "In terms of adoption in other geographies, we are hopeful that it will be followed as

  • it makes sense for the consumers, it's attractive, and it makes sense also for the producer."

  • The common mobile phone chargers should begin appearing in Europe later this year.

  • With reporting by Jennifer Baker in Brussels, this is Martyn Williams, IDG News Service.

From 30 chargers to 1. Europe's first common mobile phone charger was unveiled in Brussels

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