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EU Bathing Water Report Published

The vast majority - 85.4% - of bathing water sites in Europe met the EU's most stringent ‘excellent' bathing quality standards in 2023, according to the EU’s latest annual bathing water report published 28.05.24.

The European Environmental Agency/European Commission report focuses on safety for bathing, through the monitoring of bacteria which can cause serious illness in people, rather than general water quality. 96% of waters met at least the minimum quality standards.

Nevertheless, while most of Europe's bathing waters are in excellent condition from a bacteriological perspective, pollution of surface and groundwaters remains significant and may be made worse by the changing climate. Improving water resilience for people and for the environment in coming years will be key. 

More needs to be done to protect and conserve our water resources and the environment since water is under pressure from many sources of pollution. We need the Control at Source Principle to be properly implemented to prevent pollutants from entering our water systems. 


For more information

2023 Assessment on Bathing Water Quality, including country fact sheets and interactive map

EU rules on bathing water quality 

EU rules on water

Press Release: Europe's bathing waters remain safe

European Environment Agency: Bathing water quality

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