Splish, splash! Swimming safely in European waters this summer 


At home or abroad, Europeans can safely enjoy a swim this summer as 93% of bathing sites meet minimum quality requirements set out under EU rules.

Some 83% of bathing sites monitored across the EU in 2020 are judged as excellent in the European Environment Agency's annual report, meaning they were mostly free from pollutants harmful to human health and the environment.

The countries with the highest number of bathing sites with excellent water quality - 95% or more - are Malta, Cyprus, Croatia, Greece and Austria.

Read our overview explaining how the EU improves public health