BNI research key in Special Report by the European Court of Auditors on Baltic Sea Eutrophication

Baltic Nest InstituteDespite these efforts and significant EU funding, the report stresses that there has been limited progress and lack of ambition in cutting nutrient pollution in the Baltic Sea.
Agriculture and urban waste-water
The auditors say that the main sources of nutrient loads causing eutrophication are agriculture and urban waste water.
They also critique that although it is well known that agriculture is one of the biggest polluters, several countries allow farmers to spread an excess of manure on their farms, thus contributing to eutrophication of the Baltic.
HIGHER AMBITION AND MORE ACTION NEEDED
Mr. Ville Itälä, the Member of the European Court of Auditors responsible for the report states, “Improving water quality in the Baltic needs more targeted action and more co-operation with Russia”.
The auditors recommend Member States to:
• target agri-environmental schemes to areas where the impact on nutrient reduction is highest,
• establish nitrate action programme requirements based on the most recent studies,
• plan and construct their waste water infrastructure as efficiently as possible.