Cyprus’ bathing water quality is the highest in Europe, a European Commission press release said on Thursday. The results are from the annual Bathing Water Report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the European Commission, which compare water quality in more than 21,000 coastal and inland bathing sites across the EU-27. Cyprus was the star performer, with 100% of its bathing water sites meeting strict guide values, followed by Croatia (97.3%), Malta (95.4%), Greece (94.2%) and Ireland (90.1%). According to the European Commission, the quality of bathing water across Europe declined slightly between 2009 and 2010, but the overall quality was still high. More than 9 out of 10 bathing water sites now meet the minimum requirements.

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