Concessions, are the biggest point of political accusation in Albania, but political parties also seem deeply involved. Sometimes they talk, and sometimes they are silent. No official documents was sent to the prosecution. Although the opposition has said a lot, it has not brought everything to an end.
For several days now, CNA.al has been publishing a several-month investigation into the concessions of incinerators in Albania, where we first discovered the partnership of media executives, buying shares in companies, that have the same shareholders as Top Channel.
Companies that were born out of nothing, and received 22 million euros, as is the case of the incinerator in Elbasan. The connections of these companies with each other, the introduction of an Italian citizen, a 73-74 year old pensioner, with several companies in Albania. Then he enters in a partnership with Stela Gugalla, who is the sole shareholder of the incinerator of Elbasan, where in a company in co-ownership, the italian has 40% of the capital and she 60% of the capital, and the administrator is her cohabitant Mirel Mërtiri.
Also, known as Klodian Mërtiri, with a changed name and known for major problems with justice in the past. But, here appears another citizen, Klodian Zoto. In the partnership of documents published by CNA.al, also appears Eva Blushi, Ben Blushi’s wife.
Eva Blushi is a co-shareholder with the owners of the incinerator company in Albania, in a company established in Bulgaria. But let stay focused on the incinerators. After the published scheme, which you can read in full in this article here, a day ago we published the incinerator of Elbasan, which you can read here, while today we are bringing that of Fier.
What is the incinerator of Fier, and how did it start?
All began after the scheme of Elbasan, with 22 million euros. Where a company from nowhere, without any money, without having a single penny, was able to provide for a short time 22 million euros contract from the government, for the construction of the incinerator of Elbasan.
And it is obvious, that this scheme appealed to someone. Screenwriters, actors, factors or anyone else involved in this investigation that we have conducted. And we have discovered that they are the same people, involved in scenarios that go to around 178 million euros concessions for incinerator construction, and several tens or hundreds of millions euro benefits that have come through schemes, purchases of other companies or treatment of urban waste.
We are bringing today the story of the incinerator of Fier, which was given on concession by the Albanian government, according to an agreement, signed by Minister Lefter Koka in October 2016, with the company called Integreted Technology Waste Treatment Fier.
This company had two shareholders, the first of which is Integreted Technology Service, which we have brought with documents in the first article, which has 70% of the shares, where Klodian Zoto was the sole shareholder, but on the other hand in the concession of the incinerator in Fier, also appears the italian citizen Ernesto Granelli.
This is the person who also signed a guarantee contract with keys in hand, for the construction of the incinerator of Elbasan, and appears shareholder with 30% at the time of signing the contract in the Ministry of Environment with the then Minister, Lefter Koka, as co-owner with Klodian Zoto.
Then, after a period, these 30% of the shares are sold to the company “Constructions Installations Patos”, which buys for a certain amount the percentage of shares of Ernesto Granelli, who in this concession, i.e that of the incinerator of Fier, represents an Italian company, and not what we have discovered in our first and second writing.
The company, with which it appears in the Fier incinerator, is another company, with a completely different name. So, it is not what we have treated, called Energy Recuperator, established as a branch of a foreign company in Albania on April 19, 2016, and then the italian Ernesto Granelli becomes a co-shareholder in the company ER One Albania, which is managed by administrator Mirel Mërtiri, and where Stela Gugalla has 40% of the shares and the Italian company 60%.
So, Energy Recuperator. With the concession company with Klodian Zoto, he appears with 30% of the shares in the Fier incinerator. This time, it no longer appears as a subsidiary of Energy Recuperator, but it comes with another company, Energy 2 srl, registered under the Italian legislation in force, at Carpenedo, BS Via Colombo 27 CAP 25013, with legal representative Mr. Ernesto Granelli, as a partner of the company Integrated Technology Waste Treatment Fier.
But what happens?
Then the Italian sells the shares. So, Ernesto Graneli, even though he is a representative of the Italian company Energy 2, take this share and pass them as we said above to the company “Contrucion Installation Patos sha”, national road Fier-Patos, KM, Neighborhood Industrial Transport Zone, Private Building No. 123, Fier, Patos.
And as in the scheme of Elbasan, we have the same situation. Once the company is established, a few days later the contract is signed immediately, and this contract is then used to get a huge loan. A loan, which is taken from a second-tier bank a few months later, and was justified as an investment.
Although we cannot say that Integrated Technology Service is a company without activity, in fact it has been on paper since 2010, but until the Renaissance (Socialist Party) came to power it seems to be nothing. Along the way, he did some small work, and then started and received concessions like this one in Fier, which is 28 million euros, but it is also in the scheme of the incinerator of Elbasan, 22 million euros, where the name of Ernesto Granelli, Klodian Zoto, Mirel Mërtiri with Stela Gugalla comes out again.
They use the same scheme as in Elbasan with Fier. The construction company “Construction Installations Patos”, together with the commercial company Integreted Technology Service, go to a second level bank, and as in the case of Elbasan create an insurance agreement, whereas a burden-holder these two companies decide the company Integreted Technology Waste Treatment Fier, and the contract made with the Ministry of Environment worth 28 million euros without VAT, or about 35 million euros in total.
So, we are talking about a company, which was founded on October 3, 2016, was registered on October 5, 2016, on October 24 signed the contract, and on November 10 signed with the Italian for the concession. Then, on November 15, he entered in the game for the insurance burden. So everything done within a month.
And within 2 weeks, it has laundered almost 14 million euros:On 24.10.2016, it signed with the state to build an incinerator with keys in hand for 28.5 million euros. On October 10, 2016, he signed with the Italian to build the incinerator with keys in hand for 15 million euros !!!
No single word on technology, nor characteristics, nor the level of gases in the atmosphere, nor the quantity and quality of ash, nor whether it will be new or old, and be itself like slag. Who knows if the Italian, on the other hand, hasn’t found a Chinese to build it for only 3 million euros, because there are no conditions, no guarantees, and no tightening regulation.
And today, after more than a year and a half, in Fier there is no INCENERATOR, even though the government has paid millions of euros in albanian taxes, which have started after the signing of the contract. The third contract set by the co-borrower, is the purchase of a waste processing plant for energy production, identical to the one in Elbasan, worth 15 million euros without VAT, between Integreted Technology Waste Treatment Fier and Energy Recuperator. This contract was signed on November 10, 2016.
But who is the Energy Recuperator company?
In fact, Energy Recuperator is the company of Ernesto Granelli, registered in Albania on May 3, 2016, as a subsidiary of a foreign company. And then it is Granelli again, who has a new company that is a co-shareholder with ER One Albania, and is since the beginning of the concession company of the incinerator of Fier, co-shareholder with 30% of the quotas.
Shares which he then sold to the company “Construction Installations Patos”, for only 30 thousand lek.
But what stands out, is the fact that according to the sales contract provided by CNA.al, 30% of the shares have been sold for only 30 thousand lek, the real value remains unknown. So, a company with a concession of 28 million euros without VAT, or with about 35 million euros with VAT sells 30 % of the shares for only 30 thousand lek.
When in fact the real value of the sale, can be hundreds of thousands of euros, but this will be clarified by the justice institutions. These are some official documents that show that a concession, a PPP of 28 million euros is taken from nothing, as in the case of Elbasan, by the same characters.
They are the people who were able to create a company from zero on behalf of a lady, who is actually the cohabitant and mother of the children of Mirel Mërtiri, the person we have written about in previous writings. The latter, is a person with a dubious past and with changed generalities.
But, in cooperation with an Italian citizen, they build the concession of Elbasan, and everything is justified by the fact that this company has provided some document, has some contracts and can invest, when in fact the company had zero lek, or 1 million old lek.
As in the other case, where an italian enters, Klodian Zoto enters with Integreted Service, a company which has been associated with Elbasan, and others like these. In fact the history is somewhat different from that of Stella that came out of nowhere, but they are still the same characters.
The Italian Ernesto Granelli, Klodian Zoto, who turn to the Fier concession, sell also with official documents a part of their shares. But, Mirel Mërtiri or otherwise known as Klodian Mërtiri, does not look and appear here. Instead of him appears the company of the Italian, Energy Recuperator, which will construct the incinerator of Fier.
It’s almost the same story. The Italian does nothing else, but simply and only collect, cover or build the incinerator from different entities. In the case of Elbasan, he was accused of being used an old Italian incinerator, which should have been thrown for scrap, which pollutes the environment, and other things like this.
While in the case of Fier, have been taken large sums of money, and nothing has been done. Because at least in Elbasan the incinerator construction is complete, there is a difference, although he is accused of theft, and in the case of an investigation or investigation by either the Supreme State Audit or the responsible institutions, the damage would be in the millions of euros.
But, in the case of Fier, this damage is even greater, for a single fact. The contract was signed in 2016, in October of that year. Then they went to the bank, where they signed the insurance agreement, and the contracts were left as collateral.
And what happened?
Until then, the incinerator has not been built. So, a company built in October 2016, which received the concession and then made some changes in ownership, was paid money by the government, from Albanian taxes, while the construction of the incinerator has not yet been completed.
Although the justification has often been the clashes with area residents, or opposition accusations. This is the third part of our investigation, according to documents published in writing, where from the 22 million euros of Elbasan, in Fier we go to 28 million euros.
These are two scandals, that we have published. Through a simple investigation, we have discovered how the same people, were able to sign concession contracts for about 50 million euros.
So, there are 50 million euros from Albanian taxes for 2 incinerators, which do not have an open international competition, and as in the first case, the same people are involved in the second case. They are the same people who got the money.
Italian Ernesto Granelli, who appears in both companies, once as a partner with a company, and once with a new company that unites him in a partnership with a lady, who first appears in the business market by receiving a concession 22 million euros, without any business activity.
Not to mention further the documents and formal documents sent to the institutions, where were announced the winners. CNA.al has gone further, beyond the scheme Mirel Mërtiri, Klodian Zoto, Stela Gugallja and Ernesto Granelli. We have been able to extract data for the incinerator of Tirana, where for the first time from tomorrow and onward, we will bring with exclusive documents who are the real owners.
But, this belongs to some other writings, with other details, with other documents, which in all cases, beyond the NRC extracts that are public, as in the previous writings we bring exclusive documents, provided from contracts, subcontracts, agreements and signatures of these companies and individuals involved, who are in the same companies, in the same offices, and have almost the same pockets. But only the name changes.
They are the same partnerships, the same people who roam from Elbasan, Fier and Tirana. And then they dive even deeper into the capital, in the company in co-ownership with the Municipality of Tirana, where the mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj, is involved without any discussion.
But, as we have said above, where are involved important media executives. For the first time, we will show with documents how in Albania, government concessions finance televisions and these are in co-ownership with their leaders.
Below you can read the writings of the past two days, all the other materials and any documents we have available for which we expect the reaction of responsible institutions, to start investigating and see what really happened with a scandal which starts with 22 million euros in Elbasan, goes to 28 million euros in Fier, lands in Tirana and the “foam” goes to several hundred million euros from Albanian taxes./ CNA.al
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