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How we engage

In compliance with European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) performance requirements and industry best practice, and with the purpose of establishing an open and mutually beneficial dialogue, TAP has been consulting with affected stakeholders from the very earliest development phases of the project.

While still considering different pipeline routing alternatives, TAP started engaging with authorities, regulatory bodies, NGOs and communities along the potential pipeline routes. TAP only decided on the final route after collecting feedback from all relevant stakeholders.

Extensive stakeholder engagement and consultation took place during various stages of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs), including pre-scoping, route refinement, scoping, main ESIA, and ESIA disclosure.

Further stakeholder consultation is currently taking place in relation to the Land Easement and Acquisition activities in TAP’s host countries.

Stakeholder engagement plans

In order to structure and formalise the stakeholder engagement, TAP and its contractors have developed Stakeholder Engagement Plans (SEP) for each project development phase and for each host country – Greece, Albania, and Italy. The SEPs are aligned with the requirements of national laws and regulations as well as specific project needs in each host country.

The plans describe, for example, different outreach tools that TAP uses to inform the affected communities and general public of any upcoming project-related activities and decisions.

In this section, we plan to publish the main SEPs for different project phases in our three host countries, in order to keep the public informed and to meet our high standards of transparency and accountability.