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Exclusive documents -Scandal with Fier Incinerator/ How tens of millions of euros, were extorted from Albanian taxes

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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.

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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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Why should be arrested Edmond Haxhinasto / He changed the project 21 times, with a cost of $ 145 million

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Pse duhet arrestuar Edmond Haxhinasto/ Ndryshoi projektin 21 herë, kostoja 145 milion dollarë

In recent days, a scandal has erupted regarding the financing of the Tirana-Elbasan road, which has had three segments. The first of which has been Sauk-Tunel, and the third segment, Tunnel-Elbasan.

CNA.al has been able to provide official data from the General Directorate of Roads. The data show that from 2013 onwards, during the time when the ministry was headed by Edmond Haxhinasto, 21 changes were made to the project.

According to official data, it turns out that the construction contracts are of the FIDIC type and in principle unchanged, after they were tendered and this contract was signed. For the first segment of the Tirana-Elbasan road, 14 changes have been made.

Rruga Tiranë-Elbasan

As for the third segment, seven changes have been made, thus increasing the cost of road construction to a value of 80 million euros, or about 95 million dollars. They have been these changes that subsequently led to disputes and enabling the”Aktor” company to go to arbitration and win a sum of 44 million euros.

So, about 80 million euros additional costs after 21 changes, mainly proposed by the “Actor” company, and all after the coming to power of the Renaissance, and Minister of Transport Edmond Haxhinasto.

Road costs, official data

The Tirana-Elbasan road, according to official data provided by National Road Authority, has cost about 450 million dollars. Of which about 14 million dollars, or 12 million euros, has been the value of one kilometer, for 29 kilometers of total road of this project, from Tirana to Elbasan.

The tunnel has cost about $ 105 million. The first segment of the road, the Sauk Tunnel, cost about $ 220 million for 12 kilometers. We emphasize that this segment has not yet been taken over by the Albanian government. And the value of one kilometer in this segment goes to nearly $ 17.2 million.



The third segment, the Tunnel-Elbasan, cost about 125 million dollars, for a length of 11.5 km. At a cost of about $ 11 million per kilometer. So the first lot still undelivered, had a value almost 50 percent more expensive than the third segment.

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These costs came after the changes in the project, requested by the “Aktor” company and approved, noting that it is the latter that is responsible for these changes. But, in fact it is the Albanian government which has paid about 80 million euros, or about 95 million dollars. Revenue costs due to changes in the project.

So, as we pointed out above, and from official data, it turns out that the total value of the road is $ 450 million. The first segment worth nearly $ 220 million, and the third lot nearly $ 125 million, given the fact that the tunnel also cost about $ 104.6 million.

The average value per kilometer along the entire length is about 14 million dollars, or about 12 million euros. But, there is a very big difference, between the first lot and the third lot. Where the first lot has cost about 50 percent more expensive than the third.

Facts and arguments

These are all facts with concrete figures for each lot, for the damage caused for each lot and total cost. With 21 changes in the project, with certain points of the amendments which have also left space for the “Aktor” company beyond around 80 million euros, or 95 million dollars additions due to changes in the contract, add at least another 44 million euros fine by the Arbitration.

So, it is not the declared amount of 130 million dollars, as an addition to the total cost together with the Arbitration fine, but it goes around 145 million dollars in total. And here everything has to do with the first and third segment of the road.

So, 145 million dollars are the additions and fines after the changes in the contract due to these two road segments, excluding the tunnel, which has cost about 105 million dollars, and is not included at all in this data./ CNA.al

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The scandal with the 100 million car/ Sander Lleshaj cannot put in his pocket the luxurious BMW

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The scandal with the 100 million car/ Sander Lleshaj cannot put in his pocket the luxurious BMW

About two weeks ago, CNA.al reported on a scandal involving Interior Minister Sander Lleshaj. It is about the purchase of a luxurious car by the State Police, for the Contact Officer at the Albanian Embassy in Berlin. But then the vehicle was brought to Albania, and is in use by Minister Sander Lleshaj.

As can be seen from the photos below, the vehicle with German license plates was initially parked at the General Directorate of Police.

 

Albanian license plates were then placed on the vehicle, and it was sent to the Ministry of Interior.

Also, a few days ago, CNA.al published photos of Sander Lleshaj in Korça, where of course stood out the luxurious vehicle.

Also, in the parliamentary session on Monday, Sander Lleshaj left the deputies with “open mouth”, after appearing before the Assembly with the 100 million BMW.



But, beyond all these, CNA.al has further investigated, regarding the scandal in question. From the investigation we have learned that the vehicle used by Sander Lleshaj is not registered in any of the Vehicle Insurance Agencies.
Also, CNA.al revealed that the vehicle in question has fake license plates. We remind that there have been fierce debates about the purchase of this tool. The Albanian Embassy in Berlin and the Foreign Ministry have opposed the purchase of the vehicle.

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Also, former deputy director of the State Police, Aida Hajnaj, which is actually at the top of National Bureau of Investigation, has hotly debated and contested acquisition of the vehicle. But the scandal lies in some details as well. The huge amount of money that was used to buy it during the pandemic is one of the issues that makes you scream.

When in Albania there are no respirators, when the situation in hospitals is catastrophic, when the economic crisis is plaguing the country, after the tragic earthquake of November 26 and the Covid-19 pandemic, instead of spending money on respirators or fixing houses, Sander Lleshaj orders the State Police to buy him a car worth 100 million Lek.
With that much money, dozens of respirators could be bought for hospitals, and could be reconstructed some houses damaged by the earthquake. While Lleshaj gets a luxury car, with German license plates, which circulates without insurance and with fake license plates, just because the Minister of Interior is looking for luxury. The car he had been not enough for him, and he wants another car./CNA.al

Skandali me makinën 100 milionëshe/ Sandër Lleshaj nuk e fut dot në xhep BMW-në luksoze

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ONE TELECOMMUNICATIONS IS OFFICIALLY INTRODUCED

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Telekom Albania is now ONE Telecommunications and a new era starts for the first mobile operator in the country! The significant change was announced by its shareholders and the advantages are immediately tangible.

Elvin Guri, the major shareholder of ONE Telecommunications, stated that his connection with the Albanian economy now becomes stronger than ever. “It is an honor for me as an investor to give back to my country. ONE Telecommunications will become the company of all Albanians”.

The new brand comes with new values which are easy to understand and follow. Honesty and transparency that translates in integrity will drive every relation with the company, competence in everyday work, products and services built with deep understanding of customer needs, friendliness along the way to success are all solid foundations for ONE and its employees to become the preferred operator and the best working place in the country.

Belinda Balluku, Minister of Infrastructure and Energy was a guest at the event and she stated that: “Each successgul step of your company, whicih has already showed itself that knows how to be succsesful, is a benefit for all the country.” Aditionally, she emphasised the importance of communication that this difficult year confirmed once more: “This is the most struggling year for each one. This year highlighted that communication through internet was the most important thing that kept things going and Albania needs your contribution in this direction because internet is the future.”

Emil Georgakiev, CEO of ONE Telecommunications, mentioned an investment of 92 million Euro in network infrastructure and information technology that will enable the customers of the company to achieve top data speeds of up to 1 Gbps and enjoy an indoor coverage of up to 7 times better than now. He emphasized that: “ONE will demonstrate a new approach to market and a new way of doing things. Customers satisfaction is our top priority. We are confident that making things better every day for customers will make us the number ONE operator in Albania”.



What is more important, the network is being upgraded with the newest technology from Ericsson, built to offer the safest communications possible. Its security standards have already earned ONE Telecommunications the status of a clean telco in the Clean Path initiative of the US Department of State. It is the first operator in the country and the region to achieve this milestone.

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And on the day that ONE Telecommunications is offcially announced, its technical experts confirm that a downlink speed of 1.2 Gpbs has just been recorded in a real-life environment. In front of the “Arena Kombetare” in Tirana, during the morning hours, a technician used a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for a speed test. This unprecedented result with 4G+ in Albania, comes from the aggregation of three frequency bands, simultaneous communication in four channels between the base station and the handsets, and a signal modulation of 256 QAM. Soon, the same experience will be widely available to clients all over the country.

Young people and professionals may choose among the new prepaid Unlimited plans, using the full potential of the 4G+ evolution, including unlimited airtime with some of the categories. Postpaid clients can become part of any ONE tariff plan and enjoy the biggest benefits in the market, including unlimited internet for all of them! And for the first time in the market, ONE clients can pick a handset in the shop and pay for it every month, with their tariff plan. Anyone is invited to choose from a wide range of handsets that now become more affordable.

People can visit the ONE shops, and their smiling staff will advise customers on communication solutions that can be specially tailored for them. These shops are remodelled to provide a better customer service making them a user-friendly space and a point of reference for everything related to communicatoin. As the slogan of the company says, ONE Telecommunications promises to become Better Every Day for all Albanians.

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