All phones, tablets and other consumer electronics in the European Union must be able to use a standard charger with a USB-C connection.

Also, the sale of chargers should be separated from the sale of appliances.

This is stated in a bill that the European Commission (EC) presented on Thursday.

According to the EC, this is a lot more convenient for consumers, because many different chargers are now often needed for different devices.

According to European Commissioner Thierry Breton, this must change.

"Soon all members of a family should be able to use exactly the same charger, regardless of their phone."

In addition, a universal charger could save a mountain of waste, because manufacturers still supply standard chargers with their products.

Especially for Apple, the new legislation will have a lot of influence, because the company now provides all its mobile phones with a lightning connection.

Many manufacturers of Android phones already use the USB-C connection.

The new law will not apply to earphones, smart watches and fitness trackers.

This is because of the size and the way in which these devices are used, the EC reports.

Apple doesn't like European plans

Apple previously reported that it does not like the plans of the European Union.

According to the tech giant, these would cause stagnating innovation and mountains of electronic waste, because already marketed accessories for Apple devices could no longer be used.

The EU has been working on plans for a universal charger since 2010, but has so far waited for voluntary action from the industry.

They largely failed to materialize.

The law must first be approved by the EU member states and the European Parliament before it is adopted.

Parliament has long indicated that it considers a universal charger important.

Once the law is passed, manufacturers will have two years to adapt to the new standard.