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Parliamentary questions
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1 October 2013
P-010013/2013(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Mimica on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: P-010013/2013

1. The Commission has no own statistics about accidents or injuries related to swimming pools. It received some information from the Blue Cap Foundation at the Consumer Safety Network meeting in May 2012(1).

The European standard EN15288(2) is a voluntary standard which can be used for all new classified, private or public pools, and, as appropriate, for specific refurbishments of existing pools. However, there is no obligation to comply with the standard.

2. The safety of swimming pools including hotel pools remains a responsibility of constructors and operators which is to be enforced by national authorities.

In June 2013, the Commission consulted Member States on the extent and content of national regulatory and non-regulatory measures on the safety of certain services, including swimming pools. The results of this compilation will be available on the Commission's website in due course(3). The Commission is also, at present, gathering information from swimming pool safety experts.

3. The Commission encourages action by stakeholders with the aim to prevent future accidents. Tour-operators are reminded that they must inform the competent national authorities of any safety issues so that they can be remedied.

(1)Reported in http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/safety/committees/docs/sum_25052012_csn_en.pdf
(2)EN 15288-1: 2008 Swimming pools — Part 1: Safety Requirements for Design and Part 2: Safety Requirements for Operation.
(3)http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/safety/serv_background/documents_en.htm

OJ C 197, 26/06/2014
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