The round table was attended by 50 experts, including representatives of the Ministry of Education and Sport, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Public Health Institute, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, the public University of Tirana, the Fier, Berat and Korça municipalities and prefectures, the Education and Health Directorates of the Fier, Berat and Korça regions and several non-governmental organisations.
Participants commended the TAP project for their contribution in setting its high safety standards that it is implementing in preparation for and during construction of the pipeline, as well as in the communities along the pipeline route. Thoughts on how to improve cooperation between relevant civic safety institutions and TAP’s safety experience - where it has been working with schools and communities to raise awareness of Health and Safety - were also widely discussed.
During his remarks, TAP Country Manager for Albania, Shkelqim Bozgo reiterated TAP’s commitment to implementing the highest technical and safety standards for the project. He expanded on TAP’s efforts and attention to prevent incidents by raising awareness around compliance with safety rules in all aspects of daily activities. Learnings of the Safety Awareness campaign organised in 2015, in the communities impacted by the construction of TAP Access Roads and Bridges were also discussed.
Safety is an absolute priority for TAP, beyond the project itself. TAP remains committed to protecting the environment and the communities along the pipeline route. Road traffic issues continue to pose specific risks; therefore TAP is aiming to improve safe behaviours via a wide range of campaigns and programmes. As such, TAP has also supported the Civic Road Safety and Environment Association in its educational and awareness raising activities.