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Exceptional for the quality of bathing water, characterized by beaches of Greece

The 97% of bathing areas in Greece, described as excellent quality,….

according to the most recent annual report of the European Commission and the European Environment Agency (HBS) the quality of bathing water, based on survey data from 2018.

The survey was conducted across Europe and in the case of Greece tested in total 1.598 bathing areas, including coast, rivers and lakes.

The evaluation criteria were two microbiological parameters set by the Bathing Directive.

According to the European Report, little more than 85% of bathing sites across Europe, meet the 2018 the highest and most stringent quality standards for purity of water.

, Exceptional for the quality of bathing water, characterized by beaches of GreeceThe vast majority (95,4 %), the 21.831 bathing areas were monitored in 28 EU Member States met the minimum quality requirements under EU rules.

Furthermore, the report included 300 bathing areas monitored in Albania and Switzerland.

The percentage of bathing areas complying with the strictest standards "excellent" increased slightly from 85% the 2017 in 85,1% the last year.

The number of those who meet the minimum requirements for the classification "satisfactory quality" decreased from 96% in 95,4% from 2017 until the 2018.

This small decrease is mainly due to the opening of new bathing areas for which the data set of four bathing seasons are necessary to characterize not yet available under Directive.

The 2018, 301 (or 1,3%) all bathing areas in the EU, Albania and Switzerland were classified as "poor". This percentage is slightly lower than 1,4 % of 2017.

In four countries found that 95% or more bathing areas have excellent water quality:

  1. in Cyprus (99,1 % all bathing areas),
  2. at Malta (98,9% all bathing areas),
  3. in Austria (97,3% all bathing areas) and
  4. in Hellas (97% all bathing areas).

All bathing areas declared in Cyprus, Greece, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Romania and Slovenia were the least sufficient quality 2018.

The three countries with the highest numbers of bathing areas with poor quality water is:

  1. Italy (89 bathing areas or 1,6 %),
  2. France (54 bathing areas or 1,6 %) and
  3. Spain (50 bathing areas or 2,2 %).

Compared to 2017, the number of bathing areas in France with poor waters decreased (from 80 the 2017 in 54 the 2018), while areas increased by inadequate quality of bathing waters in Italy (from 79 in 89) and Spain (from 38 in 50).

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