Austria, Germany, Malta, Greece, Denmark, Croatia and Cyprus can boast of 90% “excellent bathing water quality” as of the EU’s 2021 bathing water report. Overall, 84.8% of bathing sites across the bloc were rated excellent.
Industry lobbies are mounting a push to roll back EU clean water regulations, even though less than half of the continent’s rivers, wetlands and lakes are in a healthy state. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
The European Commission revealed on Thursday (1 February) how it plans to update drinking water rules, with the goal of improving human health, reducing emissions and tackling plastic waste high on the list of priorities.
European Union funding has been well spent on improving drinking water quality by Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. But a funding gap could undermine progress made so far.
A less strict approach on defining endocrine disruptors will help industries producing such substances “pollute and not pay”, the association representing Europe's water sector (EurEau) told EURACTIV.com.
The European Commission announced seven new infringement decisions against member states on Thursday (19 November). France has been penalised for its failings in energy efficiency and the treatment of radioactive waste. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.