ECOS Feedback to Inception Impact Assessment for Common Chargers for mobile phones and other compatible devices

Following the expiration of the MoU of 2014 and the continuation of market fragmentation for mobile phone chargers, ECOS calls for the adoption of binding regulatory measures.

ECOS believes that such voluntary agreements (VAs) have proven to be ineffective in fostering market change and a single competitive market. Examples include VAs within the Ecodesign Directive for products such as printers and game consoles, characterised by limited scope, low ambition and lack of effective monitoring and reporting.

Similarly, in the case of mobile phone chargers, a fragmented market translates into significant detrimental market effects, including an increase of e-waste and use of plastic, consumer frustration, and competition barriers in charger manufacturing.

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