Percentage of European coastal bathing waters complying with mandatory values (or with at least sufficient quality) and meeting guide values (or with excellent quality) for the year 2011 by sea region

Figure Created 22 Sep 2012 Published 13 Nov 2012 Last modified 29 Nov 2012
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Sea regions arranged by the percentage of compliance with mandatory values (or at least sufficient quality). EU Member States, Croatia and Montenegro. Five Member States (Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxembourg and Slovakia) and Switzerland have no coastal bathing waters. The quality classes under the New Bathing Water Directive (2006/7/EC) are jointed with compliance categories under the Bathing Water Directive (76/160/EEC).

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The sea region delineation is according to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) Article 4. As the catchment area of the North-east Atlantic Ocean region is very big, the sub-region level is used, i.e. the Greater North Sea incl. the Kattegat and the English Channel, while other subregions of the North-east Atlantic Ocean are merged into the Atlantic Ocean region. French bathing waters in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean are also included in the Atlantic Ocean region. The Mediterranean Sea region includes Spanish bathing waters on the African coasts. French bathing waters in the Indian Ocean are not included in regional statistics. 


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