Despite this improvement, 13% of Europe's coastal bathing waters and 36% of Europe's inland bathing beaches still do not meet (non-mandatory) guide values even though the bathing water directive was adopted almost 25 years ago. In addition studies have shown that even meeting guide values does necessarily protect public health.
For references, please go to www.eea.europa.eu/soer or scan the QR code.
This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe's environment.
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