Athens, May 17, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
All eyes will be on Thessaloniki on Tuesday, May 17, for the signing of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), a major energy project for Europe. TAP will transport gas from the Caspian to Europe and is the European corridor of the Southern Gas Corridor.
At the opening will be the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, while it will be attended by high level delegations from countries involved in the project, such as Albania and Italy, and other countries of the Southern Corridor, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey and Bulgaria. The EU will be represented by the European Commission responsible for Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič. The American side will be represented by Amos J Hochstein, who serves as the Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs leading the Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR).
“This is the second time in a very short period that vice president Šefčovič, responsible for Energy Association, is visiting Greece, thus highlighting the importance of the energy sector for our country and the important contribution it can make to economic recovery”, said the head of the EU Delegation to Greece Panos Karvounis.
The European official will also participate in the event of the Greek Energy Forum, while on the same day, he will meet with the Energy and Environment Minister Panos Skourletis and with ministers of countries involved in the construction of TAP.
On the occasion of the visit of vice president Šefčovič, Karvounis said:
“At the crossroads of three continents, Greece holds a key position in the completion of the Energy Union, one of the main priorities of the Juncker Commission, to the benefit of our country and all of Europe. Vice president Šefčovič is in Greece for a second time in very short period, thus highlighting the importance of the energy sector in Greece and the important contribution it can make to the country’s recovery. The construction of the TAP pipeline is a key step in this direction in order to increase competitiveness and create jobs and boost development. Everyone’s which is that today’s agreement will be followed by other initiatives and investment opportunities”.