The report was published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Commission and covers assessments conducted in 2019. It is published yearly and provides information to citizens on the quality of bathing water sites in Europe. Over 20,000 bathing water sites were monitored across EU, the UK, Albania and Switzerland. Bathing water quality in Europe remains at a high level with the minimum water quality standards met at 95 % of sites.
The share of sites rated ‘excellent’ stands at 84.6 % across Europe and 84.8 % in EU countries. The quality of coastal sites is generally better than that of inland sites. 87.4 %, of coastal bathing sites were classified as of excellent quality compared to 79.1 % of inland sites in the EU. The share of poor-quality sites has dropped since 2013. In 2019, poor bathing waters constituted 1.3 % of all sites in the EU, compared to 2 % in 2013.