During the press conference, the President of the Social Solidarity and Relief Network, Mr. Nikolaos Pentzos, noted – inter alia: "With this MoU, a very significant and growth-oriented organisation for our country, such as TAP, has decided to work together with NSS to support the vulnerable communities close to the pipeline.
Subsequently, Mr. Pentzos stressed that today’s signing of the MoU between the Network and TAP constitutes a de facto acknowledgement of the former’s contribution to social-related developments in Northern Greece. The collaboration between TAP and Solidarity Net, according to Mr. Pentzos, will certainly add to already concluded Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects the Network has –discreetly– implemented.
In addition, Mr. Pentzos reminded the attendees that the Network’s mission is to relate the entrepreneurial community with organisations active in social work, especially regarding children and youths; such as the purchase of a 9-seated bus for the Greek Children’s Village in Filyro and the Katerini Association for the Care of Children, or the purchase of a private car for the "St Stylianos" Municipal Nursery Clinic. Between December 2015 and February 2016, a total of ca. €100,000 were distributed to cover the needs of 17 institutions, not only in Thessaloniki, but also in the wider Central Macedonia area, as well as €17,000 for food for more than 50 institutions, soup kitchens, and intermediaries.
On behalf of TAP, the project’s Country Manager for Greece, Rikard Scoufias, noted: "It is our great pleasure to be signing today this MoU with Solidarity Net, as it offers us the opportunity to promptly implement our CSR program in Northern Greece. As has been made known, TAP has voluntarily committed to investing millions of euros over the following 4 years in CSR projects to be implemented in the prefectures of Western Macedonia, Central Macedonia and Eastern Macedonia-Thrace, i.e. areas the pipeline will traverse".
Regarding the MoU signed with the Network, Mr. Scoufias added: "We will begin our collaboration via €100,000-worth of contributions in kind to various social stakeholders, in order to support local needs falling under TAP’s CSR program for improvements in the local communities’ quality of life.
Finally, he stressed that "the Network constitutes a valuable partner for TAP, as it may contribute to finding and implementing worthy social investment projects, through its strong and active relations with local communities. Via this strategic collaboration, TAP will address the tangible need of local communities, focusing on the more vulnerable social groups that are heavily affected by the current socio-economic environment".