The Trans Adriatic Pipeline is recognized as a "Project of Common Interest" by the EU Parliament and Council under the European Union's Trans European Energy Network (TEN-E) guidelines, as it is seen contributing to the EU’s objectives and policies aimed at diversification and security of energy supply.
Under the TEN-E, such projects as TAP are eligible for financial support from the European Union. This may well include preparatory, feasibility and evaluation studies as well as any technical support activities needed prior to the start of construction. Generally, the TEN-E guidelines apply to projects designed to bring new energy supplies to European Community and contribute to its long-term energy security and diversification.
Under these provisions, TAP has already received two grants from the EU since the start of the project: for Feasibility Study (December 2005) and Basic Engineering Study (December 2006). Grant payments were received from the European Union in 2009 >>.
In February 2009 EU Commission confirmed the status of TAP as EU interconnector under one unified regulatory system between Greece - Albania - Italy.