Tony Blair meets Salvini to discuss TAP
The former British PM will meet Salvini, despite setting up a movement dedicated to combating populismEuropost
Plans to extend the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which will transport gas from Azerbaijan via Greece and Albania to Puglia in Southern Italy, will be on the discussion agenda during the meeting of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who has worked as a consultant on the TAP since 2014, and Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.
The TAP is the pet project of Azerbaijan’s strongman president, Ilham Aliyev, has divided the ruling Italian coalition of the Five Star Movement (M5S) and Salvini's League. According to Salvini's Party it is an essential strategic infrastructure for Italy and Europe. For M5S, on the other hands, considers the building of the pipeline to be useless and harmful. Such stance is supported by environmental protection activists, who argue that Puglia, which has two UNESCO world heritage sites, will suffer if the pipeline project goes through.
The TAP is one of the sections of the Southern Gas Corridor, along with the South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) and Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP). It is expected to bring 10bn cubic meters of gas from the Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz Stage 2 gas field to Europe per year. The pipeline will be 878 kilometers long.