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Euratom Drinking Water Directive: Commission asks Portugal to comply with EU radiation legislation

  • Euratom Drinking Water Directive: Commission asks Portugal to comply with EU radiation legislation

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The Commission decided to send a letter of formal notice to Portugal for not complying with the requirement of the Euratom Drinking Water Directive (Council Directive 2013/51/Euratom) to define precise sampling frequencies for water intended for human consumption that is packed in bottles or containers for sale.

The Directive lays down requirements for the protection of public health with regard to radioactive substances in water intended for human consumption. It sets out parametric values, frequencies and methods for monitoring those substances and provides for the establishment of monitoring programmes to check that drinking water meets the requirements of the Directive. In addition, the Directive also requires that citizens are adequately and appropriately informed of the quality of the water they consume.

Portugal has two months to address the shortcoming identified by the Commission. Otherwise, the Commission may decide to send a reasoned opinion.

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