Commission consultation on a review of Bathing Water rules

EU rules to safeguard clean bathing waters have been in place since the 1970s. These rules were updated and simplified through the 2006 Bathing Water Directive which, according to the annual reports on the quality of the bathing water, is generally well implemented by Member States.

Nevertheless, experience from best practices in some Member States, as well as latest scientific and technological developments point to some areas for possible improvement. Also, in light of the European Green Deal, the Directive needs to align with new environmental and climate ambitions.

With this consultation, the European Commission would like to hear opinions on the Directive, notably concerning possible shortcomings and issues of emerging concerns both for citizens, health and the environment.

The submissions to the consultation questionnaire will feed into the evaluation and impact assessment that will constitute the evidence base for a possible revision of the Directive.