TAP’s voluntary Social and Environmental Investment (SEI) programme in Greece amounts to a total of €32 million, focusing on four pillars:
- Education and training
- Socio-economic development, with an emphasis on agriculture and tourism
- Quality of life for local communities, with an emphasis on social support and cohesion
TAP representatives are in continuous open dialogue with local communities and all levels of Government –central, prefectural and municipal– to develop mutually agreed SEI projects that support the communities’ own development priorities.
See below key SEI projects implemented in Greece in the context of TAP’s SEI programme– an indicative selection of the various initiatives TAP has undertaken, contributing to social, humanitarian and other important causes.
The agricultural initiative "Thriving Land | Supporting Agri-food Education" focuses on all three Northern Greek Prefectures traversed by TAP. The investment amounts to approximately €1 million for educational and biotechnological activities, aiming to support the cultivation, marketing, and sale of locally produced distinct agri-food products. These include honey and bee products, olives and olive oil, medicinal and aromatic plants, beans, fruit, petimezi (sugar cane molasses), peppers, animal products.
In June 2017, TAP Greece launched an approximately €11 million Social and Environmental Investment (SEI) programme, pertaining to the donation of 87 utility vehicles – including ambulances, snowploughs and garbage trucks. The investment benefits local communities across all three Northern Greek Prefectures traversed by the pipeline: Western Macedonia, Central Macedonia and Eastern Macedonia-Thrace.
TAP is helping educate the next generation of energy experts, by funding two Master’s degree programmes offered by the University of Western Macedonia and the Technological Educational Institute of Western Macedonia. Over a period of five years, TAP will invest €1 million in the initiative via a donation to the Bodossaki Foundation. The amount will be mainly used to subsidise students’ tuition fees.
Aiming to address the community’s need for safe, open and accessible public spaces, TAP renovated the (former) Dorilaiou Street at the Central Square of Serres. The €248,000 investment included: paving the street and walkways, creating bike lanes, installing benches, fountains, post lamps, etc. The project is part of TAP’s "Works of Inspiration | Development of Local Infrastructure," programme implemented across all three Northern Greek Prefectures traversed by the pipeline.
In June 2017, TAP announced it will fund the development of five Forest Management Studies in the Nestorio Municipality. This project supports the livelihoods of ca. 3,000 people living in the area, as the research will enable them to continue sustainable logging and other forestry best practice. The studies also ensure the environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of forests for present and future generations.
TAP is committed to being a good neighbour to the communities hosting the pipeline, especially when it comes to people in need and society’s most vulnerable members. Over the years, TAP has donated more than €580,000 to various organisations across Northern Greece. Starting May 2016, TAP has been collaborating with the Network of Social Solidarity (NSS), organisation which specialises in this line of work.
To enhance the quality of life for the people of Avdira, in the summer of 2017, TAP helped build a special SEATRAC ramp to facilitate beach access for Persons with Disabilities (PwD). In addition, TAP donated equipment to clean the surrounding coastline and improve environmental management in the area. The investment was implemented via TAP’s partner, the Network of Social Solidarity, and amounted to a total of more than €100,000.
Between May 2016 and March 2017, TAP sponsored a Road Safety Seminars programme attended by more than 25,000 elementary and high-school students from all three Northern Greek Prefectures traversed by the pipeline: Western Macedonia, Central Macedonia and Eastern Macedonia-Thrace. Safety is TAP’s No1 priority and by supporting this project, TAP promotes the vital practice of road safety from an early age.
Modern equipment is key in ensuring the safety of rescue workers, as well as the people in danger they’re called upon to assist. TAP is a proud supporter of Greek Emergency and Rescue Services. Over the years, TAP has donated almost €100,000 in equipment to the Civil Protection Service in Evros, the Voluntary Disaster Response Team in Kastoria, the Fire Service of Central Macedonia, and the Hellenic Rescue Team.