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Parliamentary questions
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23 October 2018
Question for written answer E-005418-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Ashley Fox (ECR)

 Subject:  Swimming pool licenses in Cyprus
 Answer in writing 

In September 2008, the European Committee for Standardisation approved two standards relating to swimming pools:

EN 15288-1: 2008 Swimming pools — Part 1: Safety Requirements for Swimming Pool Design; and
EN 15288-2: 2008 Swimming pools — Part 2: Safety Requirements for Swimming Pool Operation.

These should have been incorporated into Cypriot law in March 2009. This has as yet not happened.

Under existing Cypriot legislation only two types of pool are recognised — ‘public’ and ‘private’. This causes problems where private complexes share a common pool. Under EU legislation pools of this type do not require lifeguards, thereby keeping the costs down.

Under Cypriot legislation they are deemed to be ‘public’ and therefore need to have lifeguards and first aiders on duty at all times. This is likely to force many of these pools to close, reducing tourism, affecting property prices and damaging the Cypriot economy.

Can the Commission confirm if the current Cypriot legislation has now been superseded by the above EU standards?

What action will the Commission be taking to ensure that the Cypriot Government introduces the EU standards?

By what date may residents expect this to happen?

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