Extracts from the press conference by Stavros Dimas on the bathing water report 2008
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 02/06/2008 First transmission: 02/06/2008
With the summer holidays approaching, Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, presented the annual report on the quality of bathing water in Europe. It reveals that the large majority of bathing sites across the European Union met EU hygiene standards in 2007. Some 95% of coastal bathing areas and 89% of bathing sites in rivers and lakes comply with the mandatory standards. The report provides useful water quality information for the millions of people who visit Europe's beaches every summer.
Stavros Dimas said that a slight downward trend can be observed for coastal bathing areas but bathing water quality remains high in the European Union. He encourage Member States to continue to work towards full compliance of all bathing sites, inland and on the coast.
He also welcomed the decrease in the amount of bathing sites removed from the list of tested sites and thus escaping official scrutiny.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the press conference room
||Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, saying (in ENGLISH) that first, it ensures that hey know which waters are clean, very clean or is the case maybe no so clean; that nobody wants to swim in dirty waters which are potentially harmfully to ones health; that secondly, the publication of individual bathing sites encourages communities and Member States to improve the quality of their bath waters; that they are giving consumers the choice can be a powerfully incentive for improvement.
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||Stavros Dimas saying (in ENGLISH) that in 2007, the quality of bathing waters in the European Union remains at the higher standards althought if it is not as good as it was in 2006; that they have noted a slight decrease in quality; that over all coastal bathing areas did best with 95% of bathing areas meeting the minimum quality standards; that inland was slightly lower with about 89%.
||Stavros Dimas saying (in ENGLISH) that de-listing can be done for a number of reasons but more often than not they suspected that it is done in order to avoid the proper cleaning up of bathing sites; that for this reason, they have started a number of infringement procedures in 2006.
||Stavros Dimas saying (in ENGLISH) that it appears that they are quite successful because now they see 50% of reduction of de-listings, and they hope that this trend will continue; that they should try to persuade Member States to monitor and clean up the sites, instead of de-listing, not only by infringement procedures but also by talking to them and offering them advises in cases that they need so.
||Stavros Dimas saying (in ENGLISH) that the quality of the waters is really quite good, of course they could do even better and of course they would expect that each year they had better results than the precedent year.
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