The European Commission, the executive body of the block, is working on legislation to cut electronic waste, after a voluntary approach based on industry standards that has not met expectations, according to an Eu official. European lawmakers have complained about the fact that consumers are often forced to carry around chargers different for similar devices. The so-called chargers and cables "lightning" used for the products of Apple are not compatible with devices of Samsung or other electronics companies. Apple sells these accessories at a high price, but their standardization it would drastically reduce the cost, in addition to a portion of the profits of the Cupertino company.
The European Union expects the volume of electronic waste will increase by more than 12 million tonnes by the end of 2020, making it one of the so-called "waste streams" in the most rapid growth. "The amount of cables and chargers produced and thrown away every year is simply unacceptable", said Roza Thun Und Hohenstein, vice-president of the commission for the internal market of the european Parliament, in a parliamentary debate at the beginning of January. He urged the commission to submit a legislative proposal within the next six months.
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