Reference: SG/E/2017/24/PR
Received Date: 03 July 2017
Subject: Trans Adriatic Pipeline
Complainant: Confidential
Allegations: Project impacts - public consultation
Type: E - Environmental and social impacts of financed projects
Outcome*: Prevention
Recommendations: no

* Admissibility date reflects the date the case was officially registered. All other dates pertain to the date in which a stage was completed.

Case Description


On 3 July 2017, the EIB Complaints Mechanism (EIB-CM) received a complaint alleging negative project impacts and lack of public consultation in relation to the project “Trans Adriatic Pipeline" in Italy.

The project concerns the financing and construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which is the western part of the Southern Gas Corridor that goes from the Greek/Turkish border to Italy through Albania.

EIB-CM Action

Following a preliminary review of the case, the EIB-CM has taken note that the EIB operational team has not finalised the due diligence of the project and that the EIB Management Committee has not taken yet a decision to finance it. In this context, the complaint has been transferred to the Bank’s operational services for their consideration and reply.


The EIB operational services responded to the complainant to advise him/her that the EIB has not yet made a decision to finance the project. As part of its ongoing due diligence process, the EIB will review and assess the issues raised in the complaint and assess that due process has been followed by the promoter. Furthermore, the complainant was informed that the project promoter had ultimate responsibility for the project implementation. As such, the complainant should contact the project promoter to obtain clarification on the issues raised in the complaint and also submit his/her concerns to the project grievance mechanism which contact details can be found in the “Project Information” section below.