EU agrees on bathing water law revision

Conciliation deal raises minimum water quality standards, leaves compliance deadline at 2015

Governments and MEPs have reached a conciliation deal to revise 1976 EU rules on bathing waters. The agreement strengthens minimum quality standards for registered coastal and inland waters, but the compliance deadline remains at 2015.

UK environment minister Elliot Morley saluted the deal, saying that the new law would "modernise rules which have been in place for 30 years, further improve health protection at an acceptable price, provide better information to the public and reduce red tape."

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