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Scandal/ Government give 50 million euros to companies without any money

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There are two flagrant cases. Two concessions, PPP, given by the government regarding the incinerators of Elbasan and Fier. Not because the garbage and their problems in many cities should not be solved. But finding the argument an emergency situation of the Albanian state, the government “Rama” gives 50 million euros to suspicious companies, some of them without any money.

The schemes used, and the investigation show that the money is earned from the same network. So companies relate to each other, and are almost the same people who made that money. A form of application, guarantee, credit, the same addresses, the same owners, only names of similar companies, are all indications that 50 million euros have been given to government clientele.

For the incinerator of Elbasan was paid 22 million euros, which are earned by the company Albtek Energy with shareholder Stela Gugalla, cohabitant of Mirel Mërtiri. The latter is an administrator in another company, ER One Albania, where Stela Gugalllja has 40% of the shares and 60% has Ernesto Granelli, an italian citizen, who has the company Energy Recuperator, and which appears to the incinerator of Fier as a shareholder and seller of the incinerator, with the pretend that would be built by him with keys in hand.

This connection of the companies, guarantied Stela Gugalla and these people a sum 22 million euros for the incinerator of Elbasan. The scheme is very simple. First, an unsolicited offer is made, the contract signed soon in the Ministry of Environment, by the Minister Lefter Koka of SMI (Socialist Movement for Integration party), who seems to be the main responsible political man with documents in the scheme of incinerators.

We also remind here, that Lefter Koka is one of the deputies, who did not burn the mandate and who joined Prime Minister Edi Rama, when the opposition burned the mandates of the deputies in February 2019. But let’s stay focused on the incinerator.

After signing this contract, it is signed together with the contract with Ernesto Granelli, for the construction of the incinerator, which says exactly “contract with keys in hand” for the construction of the incinerator, together they are taken to a second level bank, where they sign agreement on the insurance, and receive loans for the investment, after having no money.

The same scheme was used for the incinerator of Fier, where unlike Elbasan with 22 million euros, the appetite grows, and a sum increases to 28 million euros.

Here the company is Energy Waste Treatment Fier, where 70% of the shares are owned by the company Integreted Technology Service of Klodian Zotos and 30% by the company “Construction Installation, Patos”.

But, initially here in this company, shareholder with 30% of the shares has been Ernesto Graneli, the Italian who is also with the incinerator in Elbasan.

Then he sold 30% of the shares. Even in Fier, at 28 million euros, we have the same scheme as in Elbasan. The concession agreement with the government is signed very soon, then a contract arises, which is as in the case of Elbasan 15 million euros construction incinerator with keys in hand.

In the case of Elbasan, 15 million euros was the cost of the construction of the incinerator, and 22 million euros the value of concession agreement with the government. While in the case of Fier the incinerator, the cost is 15 million euros, but the concession value is 28 million euros. Where do they differ?

The Italian citizen signed this contract through the Energy Recuperator company, which is a co-shareholder with Stela Gugalla at ER One Albania, and Klodian Zoto has the contract in his hands, as in the case of Elbasan “with keys in hand” for the construction of the Fier incinerator.

This contract, together with the concession agreement and the contract with the company, are taken back to the same second-tier bank to get credit again to build the incinerator, without introducing any investment, without doing anything, simply and only by following certain procedures of which are passed at a staggering speed, and are signed immediately for companies that are not viewed in the past, nor the technical criteria, nor the parameters of the incinerators, nor the investment standards, nor the costs.

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Not to mention that there was an open international competition, where companies from all over the world could come to make this kind of investment. But in both cases, companies are looking for money in the state to build incinerators, the Ministry of Environment directed at time by Lefter Koka’s signed quickly the concession agreement, and sign parallel a contract with Italian citizen Ernesto Granelli to build the incinerators with keys in hand for only 15 million euros.

After receiving the second contract, the two together go to the bank to receive money, and to start work. This for few months, after to absorb a few million euros from Albanian taxes and the state budget, according to the concession contract.

Elbasan incinerator is built already, and is called a success story, although the value is staggering. So where the garbage is removed and some trees are planted is called success. What standard does the incinerator have, how much money could have been saved if we had an open competition, and what abuse is done by building incinerators with Albanian money and not in fact by private companies, after all the loans taken or investments, origins from the pockets of Albanians because of the concession agreement, no one is accountable.

There are 15 million euros in Elbasan and Fier. In the second case, the incinerator has not been installed yet, although the contract was signed in 2016. Meanwhile, 128 million euros were later given for the incinerator in Tirana, but this belongs to another investigation, because here comes a company in the Netherlands, which is an offshore shell, and almost impossible to extract data on who are the real shareholders.

Along the way, these companies that have benefited the incinerator of Tirana and Fier have created other partnerships, up to media owners, such as the case of Top Channel, where Vjollca Hoxha is a co-shareholder with the company Em Capital Group, where the owners of incinerators, Klodian Zoto and Mirel as shareholder in a company, have a partnership with Eva Blushi, the wife of Top Channel director Ben Blushi, and this company has bought “Valtelina Coffe”, which bears the trade name “Lori Coffe”.

So, everything begins with the government, goes to private business without money, and only with papers. The concession agreement is signed, other contracts are signed with Italian businessmen to build the incinerator. Then they are gone to loan money to the bank, the state starts paying millions of euros for these entities, and then these shareholders create new companies, where they become shareholders with their spouses of politicians and media executives, who then go and buy shares in companies that have the same shareholders as the media, as is the case with National Television, Top Channel.

This is the 50 million euro scheme, where the Albanian government is deeply immersed, and it is a clear scheme of how concessions are related to the media. The 50 million euros affair, that start with Lefter Koka, go to the concessionaires, to the Prime Minister Rama, to the shareholder of Top Channel, to Ben Blushi and to Klodian Zoto, Mirel Mërtiri and Stela Gugallja. Including 74-year-old italian Ernesto Granelli./ 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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