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TAP AG upgrades utility vehicles in northern Greece

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Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP AG) will donate 92 utility vehicles to local communities in all three northern Greek prefectures traversed by the Trans Adiratic pipeline (TAP). This initiative, designed in close collaboration with the Hellenic Government and the competent ministries, is part of the company’s €32 million social and environmental investment (SEI) programme to be implemented across project-affected areas.

This investment amounts to €9 million, committed for the purchase of: 33 ambulances, 22 garbage trucks, 17 forestry vehicles, 14 snow ploughs and six civil protection vehicles.

These vehicles will be used to ensure that clean and safe conditions are maintained across the local road infrastructure, benefiting both the local community and project road traffic as well as highways management.

TAP AG presented the initiative during a press conference attended by all three Heads of the northern Greek prefectures: Theodoros Karypidis of western Macedonia, Apostolos Tzitzikostas of central Macedonia and Christos Metios of eastern Macedonia and Thrace.

The event was also attended by the President of the National Emergency Aid Centre, Konstantinos Karakatsianopoulos; representatives of the local Decentralised Administrations, Vasileios Michelakis for Epirus and western Macedonia, and Nikitas Fragkiskakis for Macedonia-Thrace; as well as mayors from municipalities benefiting from the project.

TAP’s SEI programme has been designed and implemented in collaboration with local and regional administration, as well as national entities, addressing actual requests submitted by the competent authorities to TAP AG.

Speaking on behalf of the communities benefiting from this specific initiative, their representatives thanked TAP for the standards it sets as a socially conscious corporate citizen; and for making a donation that will improve environmental management in northern Greece and local residents' quality of life.

In addition, the Head of the western Macedonia prefecture, Karypidis, referred to the contribution of the project to the geopolitical upgrade of the country and especially northern Greece. He also spoke about the need of synergies between the various entities for achieving this upgrade, and stressed that for the western Macedonia prefecture, the pipeline is also transferring knowledge, along with natural gas.

The project’s benefits on a geostrategic, financial and growth level were also highlighted by the head of the central Macedonia prefecture, Tzitzikostas. He made a special note of the project’s contribution to the enhancement of employment in northern Greece – remarking that 3000 people are already working for the construction of the project in the country.

The Head of the eastern Macedonia-Greece prefecture, Metios, spoke –amongst other things – about the excellent co-operation between TAP AG and the prefecture. Furthermore, he noted how significant the project is, as it creates the necessary conditions for the future access to gas for the capital cities of eastern Macedonia and Thrace.

TAP Greece Country Manager, Rikard Scoufias, stressed the originality and significance of the approach TAP adopted in drafting its social and environmental investments programme. An approach that begins and ends with local societies, in the context of TAP’s pursuit to invest in initiatives that meet the actual needs of local communities hosting the pipeline.

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