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TAP Facilitates Beach Access for Persons with Disabilities

20 June 2017

Avdira, Greece. The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) helped build a special ramp, allowing Persons with Disabilities (PwD) to access the beach of Avdira, in the Xanthi Prefectural Unit. TAP additionally donated to the Municipality of Avdira machinery for cleaning the coastline. The total investment amounts to €100,000 and is part of TAP’s socio-environmental investment (SEI) programme in the area. 

 

The mechanism was installed in the "Leukippos" area of the Avdira beach, close to Genisea where the Vocational Education and Training School is located, allowing persons with mobility impairments to swim in the sea independently. To support the construction, a wooden access passage, changing rooms and a shower were also built.

The event for the delivery of the special ramp was attended by the Mayor of Avdira Giorgos Tsitiridis, as well as representatives of local PwD associations, such as the Prefectural Federation of PwD in Eastern Macedonia-Thrace; the Xanthi Association for Persons with Disabilities; the Association for Persons with Disabilities of the Kavala Prefectural Unit; the Vocational Education and Training School for Persons with Disabilities of Genisea-Xanthi; and the Parents’ Association of the Vocational Education and Training School of Genisea-Xanthi.  

The Mayor of Avdira Giorgos Tsitiridis thanked TAP for responding to the Municipality’s request and implementing a much-needed SEI project: "An initiative facilitating our fellow citizens with disabilities from Avdira and the neighbouring municipalities, allowing them to enjoy the sea in this beautiful beach, to the tourist upgrading of which TAP also contributed by donating machinery for the cleaning of the coastline.

Spyros Nakos, TAP’s Community Liaison Officer for Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, expressed his gratitude for the excellent collaboration between TAP, the Municipality of Avdira, and the Social Solidarity and Relief Network that undertook the implementation of the project. "This is an investment that significantly improves local residents' quality of life, as well as the environmental management of an area renowned for its special natural beauty," he added. 

This donation is part of TAP’s voluntary commitment to SEI programmes amounting to a total of €32 million for communities along TAP’s route.