Subsection 2.3.7.2.
Designation of bathing waters


Article 2.3.7.2.1. The Flemish ministers competent for the environmental and water policy and the Flemish minister competent for the health policy will together designate all bathing waters no later than 31 March of each calendar year. When designating these waters, they will also determine the start and duration of the bathing season.

Article 2.3.7.2.2.

1.

At least three months before the decision on the designation of bathing waters stated in Article 2.3.7.2.1., a draft list of bathing waters shall be announced with regard to the establishment, review and updating of the bathing water lists, with a view to encouraging public participation. During a thirty-day period, all members of the public will be free to give their proposals, comments or complaints concerning the draft list.

2.

The announcement will be made by means of:

1

a message on the Government of Flanders website;

2

publication in at least three daily or weekly newspapers;

3

a poster in each municipality in which a body of bathing water on the draft list is located.

3.

The draft list of bathing waters shall announce:

1

the location of every body of bathing water on the draft list;

2

the proposed start and duration of the bathing season;

3

the location of the authority from which information on every body of bathing water can be obtained;

4

the period in which proposals, comments or complaints can be submitted;

5

the addresses and contact details of the authorities to which proposals, comments or complaints can be submitted.

4.

The Flanders Environment Agency shall draw up a summary report of proposals, comments or complaints submitted with regard to the draft list. After consulting with the Flemish Agency for Care and Health, taking the aforementioned summary report into account, a reasoned, definitive proposal for a list of bathing waters will be immediately formulated with regard to the Order stated in Article 2.3.7.2.1 giving the start and duration of the bathing season.


Article 2.3.7.2.3.

The Order stated in Article 2.3.7.2.1 shall be published in the Belgian Official Journal. Determination as bathing water within the meaning of this Order shall also be made public on site no later than the day before the start of the bathing season in accordance with Article 2.3.7.2.1. The Commission shall be notified immediately of the decision and, where appropriate, of the reasons for a change in the list of bathing waters.