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    The new rules means European Union consumers will only need one common USB Type-C cable to charge any of their portable devices. Soon, Europeans will forget about rummaging through the junk drawer looking for a charger. 

    Officials in the European Union said they inked a provisional agreement Tuesday that enforces a uniform charging cord in the 27-nation bloc. The move is part of a greater effort to make products sold in the EU to be more sustainable and cut down on electric waste. 

    These new rules will be in effect by fall 2024. Alex Agius Saliba, the European Parliament’s lead negotiator said “European consumers were frustrated with multiple chargers piling up within their homes, … Now, they will be able to go with a single charger for all portable electronics, which is an important step to increase consumer convenience.”

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