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The European Commission wants to impose a universal charger for mobile phones and other small electronic devices, in the name of consumer rights and the environment, according to a draft regulation unveiled on Thursday that arouses fierce opposition from the US giant Apple.

The directive proposed by the EU executive, which will have to be approved by MEPs and member states, aims to harmonize charging ports for smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, speakers and handheld game consoles.

"This regulation would stifle innovation instead of encouraging it and would harm consumers in Europe," responded Apple.


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