The Commission has published its twelfth annual report on the quality of bathing water. This latest report covers the 1994 bathing season in the European Community. It is intended to inform the public of the quality of bathing water throughout the European Community on the basis of a summary of results supplied by the Member States. The conformity of bathing areas is assessed against the values given in the European Directive on the quality of bathing water (Directive 76/160/EEC). The report describes the general quality of bathing water in the Community as well as the specific situation in each Member State. It includes maps showing the quality of bathing water in the 1994 season and indicating which bathing areas in each district complied with the microbiological standards. The 1994 season was marked by a slight improvement in the quality of bathing water in the European Community. The situation is, however, more favourable for sea water than for inland water bathing areas. Whilst 90% of the coastal bathing areas identified met the required standards, for inland bathing areas the figure was only 65%. Overall, the situation has been improving over the past few years and the percentage of identified areas complying with standards reached 82% in 1994 as compared to 76% in 1991. Member States have also improved their efforts to make this information available to bathers. The results of the latest analyses are generally available in local government offices, at the bathing places themselves or through computerized information systems.