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Luxembourg's bathing waters in excellent condition

22.05.2013 From our online archive
Luxembourg's bathing waters were in excellent condition in 2012, an EU report has found, promising a fun-filled summer, when the sun finally makes an appearance.

(CS) Luxembourg's bathing waters were in excellent condition in 2012, an EU report has found, promising a fun-filled summer, when the sun finally makes an appearance.

The report by the European Environment Agency found that “all 11 monitored bathing waters had excellent quality in 2012.” One had even improved from good to excellent between 2011 and 2012.

The study also stated that the bathing season officially lasted 122 days last year, from May 1 to August 31.

The quality of water is assessed under a new Bathing Water Directive, which requires EU member states to produce a report including pollution events, other events that could impact bathing water quality, as well as a microbiological assessment of the water.

Cyprus and Luxembourg both reported excellent quality for all their listed bathing sites. Eight other countries ranked above EU average, including Malta (97 percent), Croatia (95 percent), Greece (93 percent), Germany (88 percent), Portugal (87 percent), Italy (85 percent), Finland (83 percent) and Spain (83 percent).

The highest proportions of non-compliant bathing sites were in Belgium (12 percent), the Netherlands (7 percent) and the United Kingdom (6 percent), prompting closures of some sites during the 2012 season.

In general, coastal bathing sites score highly, with more than 95 percent of EU sites meeting the minimum requirements and 81 percent rated as excellent. In comparison, 91 percent of bathing waters in lakes and rivers score above the minimum threshold and 72 percent have excellent quality.

Some 22,000 bathing sites in the EU27 as well as Croatia and Switzerland were tested for the report.

For the full report visit europa.eu