Cyprus ranked second in EU for cleanliness of its waters

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CYPRUS ranked second in an annual study carried out by the European Environment Agency when it comes to the cleanliness of its waters.

The European Commission says that 99% of the Cyprus coasts submitted to EU control – where blue flags have been assigned – have excellent quality waters.

This performance brings Cyprus to the second place in the EU, second only to Luxembourg.

According to the European Commission, more than 85% of bathing water sites monitored across Europe in 2016 met the most stringent ‘excellent` quality standards — meaning they were mostly free from pollutants harmful to human health and the environment.

In total, only five countries were rated “excellent” for 95% of their bathing waters: Luxembourg for all of its 11 swimming areas, Cyprus and Malta for 99% of their waters, Greece for 97% and Austria for 95%.

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