Bathing water quality in the EU 'high'
26 January 2009 09:39
A large majority of bathing sites across Europe met EU hygiene standards in 2007, a new report has said.
The annual EU bathing water report published yesterday states that some 95 per cent of coastal bathing areas and 89 per cent of bathing sites in rivers and lakes within the EU comply with the mandatory standards.
Millions of people enjoy Europe's beaches every year but it is important that holidaymakers planning on taking part in water sports have adequate travel insurance in case they are injured or need medical attention.
Commissioner for the environment Stavros Dimas said: "A slight downward trend can be observed for coastal bathing areas but bathing water quality remains high in the European Union."
Mr Dimas encouraged member states to continue working towards full compliance of all bathing sites.
Every year member states are obliged to report on the quality of coastal and freshwater bathing areas located within their territory.
The results of the monitoring are sent by member states to the Commission after the end of the bathing season. The efforts commenced in the 1970s.