The European Environment Agency and the European Commission have published the Report on European bathing water quality in 2018. Over 85% of bathing water sites across Europe monitored last year met the European Union’s high quality standards for water cleanliness. German bathing waters received top marks also in the 2018 bathing season: 98% of the bathing waters monitored in Germany met the quality requirements of the EC Bathing Water Directive. Approximately 93% were even rated "excellent" - the best mark. Only six bathing waters in Germany were rated 'poor' for the 2018 season by the European Commission.
Also this year's Bathing Water Report was supported by the European Topic Centre for Inland, Coastal and Marine waters (ETC/ICM), which is led by the UFZ.