EU Unveils Bulgaria-Initiated Common Mobile Phones Charger

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | February 8, 2011, Tuesday // 22:47
Bulgaria: EU Unveils Bulgaria-Initiated Common Mobile Phones Charger EU commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship Antonio Tajani, and Bridget Cosgrave, Director-General of Digitaleurope presented the first prototype of the common charger intiatied by Bulgaria's Passy family. Photo by EPA/BGNES

The European Commission has unveiled the prototype of a common charger for all data enabled mobile phones to be sold in the European Union – an idea which originated with former Bulgarian Foreign Minister Solomon Passy and his wife Gergana.

EU commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship Antonio Tajani, and Bridget Cosgrave, Director-General of Digitaleurope, the largest association of European digital technology industry, presented the first prototype of the compatible common mobile phone charger during a press conference at the European Commission headquarters, in Brussels.

Thus, within weeks, as the common charger hits the EU market, data-enabled mobile phones from different brands will be able to use the same charger.

The fourteen manufacturers which signed the Memorandum of Understanding regarding Harmonization of a Charging Capability for Mobile Phones to introduce the new common mobile phone chargers onto the European market include Apple, Emblaze Mobile, Huawei Technologies, LGE, Motorola Mobility, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Research In Motion (RIM), Samsung, Sony Ericsson, TCT Mobile (ALCATEL), Texas Instruments and Atmel.

The adoption of the common universal mobile phone charger has multiple benefits including eliminating the inconveniences caused for users from the fact that they have to discard an old charger each time they buy a new mobile phone but most importantly reducing substantially the amount of electronic waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

The idea for the common charge originated with Solomon Passy, President of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria, former Foreign Minister (2001-2005), and former Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE in 2004, and his wife Gergana Passy, former Deputy Foreign Minister and Foreign EU Affairs Minister (2007-2009), back in the spring of 2008.

The Passy family started their initiative with a letter to then EU Commissioner for Industry Guenther Verheugen, who welcomed the idea.

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