The total number of sites rated “poor” was 1,3% of all sites rated last year in Europe. Bathing water quality in Europe has greatly improved over the last 40 years, since the entry into force of the EU Bathing Water Directive. This directive introduced effective monitoring and management, which, together with EU environmental regulations, such as the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (1991), led to a drastic reduction in the amount of untreated or partially treated wastewater from households and industry. would end up at the baths. The report states that almost all 22 bathing sites assessed last year across Europe (of which 295 in the then 21 EU Member States, including the United Kingdom) met the minimum water quality requirements. Albania and Switzerland also reported water quality at their bathing areas, and their data were included in the assessment. Almost 85% of bathing sites across Europe rated in 2019 met the highest and strictest quality standards of the European Union, which is required for a rating of “excellent”, according to a study by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Croatia is among the TOP 5 in terms of bathing water quality in Europe According to detailed results, there has been a very small decrease in the number of bathing areas in the EU where water quality meets the highest standards for “excellent”, ie minimum quality requirements for “satisfactory”, as set by the EU Bathing Water Directive. According to the EEA report, the Commission will launch an evaluation of the directive in the coming weeks to examine what it is effective at and what it is not, and will decide on that basis whether further initiatives should be taken to improve it. “Regular monitoring and assessment of bathing water is necessary in order to maintain the already very high quality of water across Europe and, if necessary, to take effective measures to address their pollution problems. Clean bathing water is beneficial not only for our health and well-being but also for the health of the environment. ”Said Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency. According to the latest assessment of bathing water in Europe, its quality is still high. “Excellent” bathing water awaits bathers at 85% of the beaches. Bathing water is at least “satisfactory” in 95% of bathing areas. The report also states that water quality is better at coastal beaches than at inland ones. As can be seen in the graph below, Cyprus has the highest quality bathing water, while Croatia ranks 5th.