Rikard Scoufias spoke about "TAP as the embodiment of energy cooperation between countries, companies and communities", in the context of the Session "Roads of Energy – Electricity & Gas Interconnectivity" and shared the floor with representatives from the world of business, construction, law, journalism, and academia.
In his address, he focused on TAP being the European leg of the $40 bn. Southern Gas Corridor project and, hence, a facilitator of gas supply and energy diversification for Europe; an enabler of stability and cross-border energy cooperation – both vertical and horizontal; a connector of people and supporter of multilateral relations; as well as a generator of development, growth, and employment that opens new opportunities for its host countries and partners, while remaining respectful of local communities and investing in their well-being.
In the discussion that followed the presentations, TAP was hailed by fellow panellists as an actual, tangible project implemented in the area on time, on track and on budget. Or, as Rikard Scoufias put it "a vision that is currently becoming a reality thanks to the work of 5,200 people over all three of TAP’s host countries – 2,500 of them employed in Greece."
TAP also sponsored the Forum’s social programmes, pertaining to cultural and environmental expeditions in the wider Serres region, held under the auspices of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO and with the support of the European Commission. As TAP, these routes are designed to connect people, foster intercultural dialogue, and promote the sustainable development of local societies.