Skourletis: “The efforts for the TAP pipeline will be accelerated”

The Minister of Environment and Energy Panos Skourletis met with his Bulgarian counterpart Temenuzhka Petkova and the…

The Minister of Environment and Energy Panos Skourletis met with his Bulgarian counterpart Temenuzhka Petkova and the Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs at the U.S. Department of State Amos Hochstein on Wednesday morning and discussed the development of the TAP pipeline.

Mr. Skourletis argued that the project is of major strategic importance and noted that efforts will be made from all implicated sides to accelerate the project. The Greek Minister told journalists that he asked an improvement of the terms for the areas in Greece where the pipeline will be constructed, in order to support the local communities.

In particular, Mr. Skourletis explained that compensation must be paid for the forested areas which will be affected by construction of the natural gas pipeline. He also stated that he expects more from the consortium with regards to corporate social responsibility. The Greek Minister added that a new meeting with his Bulgarian counterpart has been scheduled for next week in Sofia.

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