In 2008, former Bulgarian politician and diplomat Dr. Solomon Passy and his wife Gergana Passy, decided to launch a campaign for a 'Universal' mobile phone charger throughout the European Union.
Recently, the European Commission created the first prototype of the universal charger.
The move is a massive boost, not just to restore faith in the Bulgarian people's interaction with European Commission, but also as a stepping stone to standardization of other cables and chargers.
When the new format of charger becomes compulsory law, thousands of tons of waste will be eliminated each year. Environmentalists say it will also reduce carbon monoxide emissions. It is common for consumers to buy new phones, even more than once a year. The situation currently is that all phones sold in the EU come complete with a brand new charger. According to Dr Passy, this is a wasteful endeavor. He believes when phone chargers are sold simply as an optional extra, most people will decide to keep their old one.
Passy first got the idea off the ground by penning a letter to Mr Guenther Verheugen, the then EU Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry along with numerous other Commissioners. Fortunately, the idea was accepted positively and the project was presented to CSM Association (GSMA), the International Telecommunications Union of the UN, plus the largest producers of mobile phones in the world.
After almost 3 years of relentless campaigning and EU bureaucracy, Dr. Passy and his wife succeeded in their honorable mission, to help future generations live in a cleaner and smarter European Union. Dr Passy was the Foreign Minister of Bulgaria for 4 years. He was also the former Chairman-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and is now President of the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria.