THE AUTHORITIES in Cyprus have taken legal proceedings against the owners of shared swimming pools in private development complexes because they failed to apply for a swimming pool licence.
Under Cypriot regulations, shared swimming pools in private building complexes are treated as public pools and are therefore subject to much stricter regulations governing their use and the facilities provided for bathers.
In a written question to the European Commission MEP Arlene McCarthy has highlighted the fact that Cypriot regulations are no longer applicable as they have been superseded by EU regulations.
She has called on the Commission to ensure unfair legal proceedings against pool owners are halted and that the correct European standards are enforced.
Question for written answer E-001470/2011
to the Commission
Arlene McCarthy (S&D)
Subject: European Standard for swimming pools and its application in the municipality of Paphos
On 25 July 2008, the European Committee for Standardisation approved a European Standard for swimming pools (Swimming Pools – Part 2: Safety Requirements for Design and Operation, EN 15288-2.) This European Standard was to be given the status of a national standard, and all conflicting national regulations should have been withdrawn by March 2009 at the latest.
I represent a constituent who owns a property in a holiday complex in Cyprus. The complex has a shared pool, for the use of the property owners and their families and guests. Therefore, under European Standard EN 15288-2 it would be classed as a Type 3 swimming pool, making it subject to different standards than a public swimming pool.
However, the municipality of Paphos in Cyprus has recently taken legal action against several local holiday complexes, including my constituent’s, because they have not applied for a swimming pool licence. Under a 1994 Cypriot law, any pool which is used by more than one property is classified as a public swimming pool, and is subject to the same regulations, in contradiction of the European Standard.
What action will the Commission take to ensure that such unfair legal proceedings are immediately halted, and the correct European standards enforced? What aid and advice will the Commission provide to those residents who have already been taken to court regarding this wrongful application of Cypriot law, and paid fines?
Written question to European Commission E-001470/2011: European Standard for swimming pools and its application in the municipality of Paphos
EN 15288-1: 2008 Swimming pools – Part 1: Safety Requirements for Swimming Pool Design (English)
EN 15288-2: 2008 Swimming pools – Part 2: Safety Requirements for Swimming Pool Operation (English)
About Arlene McCarthy
FIRST elected in 1994, Arlene McCarthy was re-elected in 1999 to represent the newly formed North West England constituency. Having represented the same constituency since, she was top of the list of candidates from the Labour Party at the 2009 European elections.
She holds a number of positions within Parliament, being a member of the Party of European Socialists, she sits in the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats group. McCarthy serves as Chair of the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection and has since 2009 served as the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.