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Parliamentary questions
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7 November 2018
Answer given by Mr Vella on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004552/2018

1. The Member States have the primary responsibility for securing the correct implementation and enforcement of the Bathing Water Directive(1), as the directive requires them to identify, monitor and report on the data collected at the bathing sites(2) using reference methods and rules for the analysis of bathing water specified therein.

Thus, in relation to data gathering, the Commission relies on the fact that Italy is bound by the obligations set out in the directive as well as by its general duty of loyal cooperation under the Treaty.

2. The Commission is grateful for the information highlighted by Honourable Member and will request the competent Italian authorities clarifications with regard to the referred disparity in the results.

3. In view of the review of the directive planned by 2020, the Commission has started gathering information on what has worked and what has not worked in the implementation of the Bathing Water Directive. A specific study has been launched, which should provide elements for considering whether a strengthening of the directive is needed, also in relation to the quality and reliability of the data reported by the Member States.

(1)Directive 2006/7/EC, OJ L 64, 4.3.2006, p. 37‐51
(2)The data feeding into the Annual Report on the European Bathing Water Quality published by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency is provided by bathing water reporters from the Italian Ministry of Health (http://rod.eionet.europa.eu/contacts?roleId=extranet-bwd-data-it). The reporting exercise is coordinated by the National reporting coordinator from the Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea (MATTM) (http://rod.eionet.europa.eu/contacts?roleId=extranet-wise-nfp-it).

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