A plan for universal phone chargers across the European Union has moved a step closer.
The European Parliament's Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee adopted the position on Wednesday - with 43 votes in favour and two against.
If the European Parliament as a whole approves the draft negotiating position in May, MEPs can start talks with EU governments on the final shape of the legislation.
It comes after years of European efforts to get tech giants to adopt a common charger for phones and tablets.
The new rules would mean people can use one charger for all of their small and medium-sized electronic gadgets.
And they'd no longer need a new charger and cable every time they purchase a device.
Under the proposals items like mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras and portable speakers would have to be equipped with a USB Type-C port - regardless of the manufacturer.
While exemptions would apply for devices that are too small to have that type of connection - such as smart watches, health trackers and some sports equipment.
MEPs also want clear information and labelling on devices about charging options, as well as whether a product includes a charger.
They say this would help to "avoid confusion and ease purchasing decisions" for consumers that often own several different devices.
Maltese MEP Alex Agius Saliba says such a move makes sense.
"With half a billion chargers for portable devices shipped in Europe each year, generating 11,000 to 13,000 tonnes of e-waste, a single charger for mobile phones and other small and medium electronic devices would benefit everyone.
"It will help the environment, further help the re-use of old electronics, save money, and reduce unnecessary costs and inconvenience for both businesses and consumers.
"We are proposing a truly comprehensive policy intervention, building on the Commission's proposal by calling for the interoperability of wireless charging technologies by 2026 and improving information given to consumers with dedicated labels."
Apple has previously spoken out against plans for a common charger, claiming it would "stifle innovation".