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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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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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Concessions, PPP-s, the tools that the government calls a solution to the problems of existing issues, where business invests and take in exchange citizens’taxes, are a clear corruption scheme that does not begin and end only with accusations made by political parties.

But is a corruption scheme revealed by investigating the documents case by case. “Follow the money”, and in this case follow the document of the companies that receive concessions, to understand what happened, how they relate to each other, who they are, who are the beneficiaries of the money and the companies involved, the schemes they use, from which you easily understand that everything is part of a clientele of politics and corruption, that if investigated by justice overthrows ministers, even the prime minister.

CNA.al has conducted a full investigation into the concession of incinerators, where on the way we also found partnerships with politicians, characters who today run the media, hidden in Bulgaria, the Netherlands and elsewhere. The problem of urban waste in Albania is a very delicate issue, and a problem that really needed a solution, because for many, many years the garbage was thrown and burned in pits, fields, rivers, etc., polluting the environment.

Their processing companies have taken people’s lives, and the government, perhaps finding a delicate moment in this matter, since it had become a major issue, found a quick “solution”, the concession. With the style of unsolicited offer, and the justification that everything would be solved as problematic, the government hastened to give a concession first to the urban waste area Elbasan, and then continued with Fier and Tirana.

The first is over, the other two are being paid millions of euros without being built. Elbasan, which is called a success story, is a 22 million euro concession paid by Albanian taxes, on a concession contract under a governmental decision and a contract in December 2014.

But how was this born? Who are the charges? Why is suspected for corruption, and is it a success story or a failure? It all started with founding a company, Albtek Energy, founded on July 10, and registered with the National Business Center on July 14, 2014.

This happened after the Renaissance (Socialist Party) came to power, where the only shareholder is Stela Gugalla, a character unknown until now in the field of business and commercial activities. At least according to the NBC, it turns out that the lady in question, had only three companies, all after 2014.

One is what we mentioned above. Then comes another one, that relates again to the scheme of incinerators, which includes its cohabitant and a financial consulting company, which continues to be active. In July 2014, the company was founded, and then a few months later, it received a concession contract for the urban waste processing plant at the Fushë Mbret substation in Elbasan.

This is according to the NRC extract, which shows quite clearly this data. Then, there are some changes to the facility, according to official data published by the lady, who has also made some corrections to her acts.

But what happened?

Stela Gugalla, then 36 years old, had no other business and no major assets declared, to get a 22 million euro concession. How is possible that she came out of nowhere, and gets millions of euros? Who was hiding behind her? A big corruption scheme, where Stela is the facade of the connections of her cohabitant Mirel Mërtiri, with an italian and citizen Klodian Zoto, but also politicians who have changed during course.

Someone falls, and someone else gets up. Zoto has registered his company in the same offices in Elbasan, and then signed two concession contracts with the government for Fier, 28 million euros, and Tirana 128 million euros, which in this scheme includes the italian, Stela Gugalla, Mirel Mërtiri, but also clearly former Minister of Environment Lefter Koka, and Tirana Mayor Erion Veliaj.

How does Elbasan start, what happens, and how was provided the money?

On December 16, 2014, the Evaluation Commission at the Ministry of Environment declared the winner Albtek Energy company, and on the 17th, a day later, the government issued a decision by the Council of Ministers to sing a contract with the company.

So, as soon as it was announced by the commission, the decision was published the next day. The winner was announced on the 16th, and the next day have been done other procedures, with no time left for complaint. So, for such a legal procedure, is needed a certain deadline for appeal, and then a deadline for reviewing the complaint.

Meanwhile, the draft after the announcement of the winner by the Evaluation Commission is submitted for opinion to other institutions, i.e other ministries that are involved in this issue. After, is expected the answer and the comments or disputes that may have the institutions.

A complete drafting of the contract is needed from the legal departments, i.e from the institution that in this case is the Ministry of Environment, and then the negotiations between the parties, the signing of the contract, and finally its approval at the government meeting. This is the legal procedure.

None of the above has happened. But on December 16, 2014, the Evaluation Commission declared the winner Albtek Energy, and then the next day, after going through all these steps, the government declared the winner Stela Gugalla’s company, which would earn 22 million euros from the construction concession of the urban waste incinerator in Elbasan.

According to the data, then start the procedures for the lady to withdraw the money, and start the construction of the incinerator, because in fact she has no money. There is no financial opportunity to build an incinerator.

But what do we discover?

Six months later, according to the Register of Insurances, Mrs.Stela Gugalla, registers a contract with the collateral, which is said to have been signed with the Italian citizen on June 18, 2015, and it is said that on December 16, 2014 with the number 148009, dated 18.06.2015, with the object supply of the thermal processing plant of urban waste processing, and with power of electricity processing in Elbasan, according to the invoices that will be attached to this contract.

This is the agreement that Stela Gugallja has signed with an Italian citizen to buy, i.e to assemble in Elbasan the incinerator for incineration of urban waste. It all came after this company, Albtek Energy, demanded money from a second-tier bank, having no money to make the investment. Sot a company starting from zero, won a concession government contract for 22 million euros, and in financial impossibility goes to lend money to a bank.

There he gets the loan, which will help him make the investment afterwards. An investment, that will actually be paid for by Albanian taxes. According to the invoices and statements that has the company, if you look at 2014, the company turns out to have no money. It is only the declaration of capital.

Other money for this company, comes through an insurance agreement, where the borrower is Stela Gugalla and the company Albtek Energy, which in the second tier bank has put as a guarantee the contract with the Albanian government, the capital quotas of Albtek Energy shpk and the contract of signed with the italian company for the purchase of the incinerator.

So, a company that has no money, receives a 22 million euro concession from the government, signs a contract with an Italian firm, goes to a bank and secures this contract together with the government’s concession contract, to start an investment.

What is clear, is that within a year, a company born out of nowhere, will start concluding contracts and placing insurance burdens, worth tens of millions of euros. As the incinerator alone, its construction and handover of keys to Elbasan cost at least about 15 million euros.

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Further, in the investigation of CNA.al, came some other details. A year later in 2016, another company was registered. On May 3 of this year, according to the date of registration in NRC,

was founded the company Energy Recuperator, which has the establishment and registration in Albania on April 19, and the registration at the NRC on May 3. This company, comes as a branch of 7 companies of foreign, with legal representatives two Italian citizens. This company, secured later the contract for the incinerator of Fier, Klodian Zoto.

Meanwhile, a few days later, almost at the same time ER One Albania was founded, so Energy Recuperator has a “daughter”, here enters the partnership Stela Gugalla of the incinerator of Elbasan, and the administration is taken by her cohabitant.

In the first company, shareholders are Ernesto and Mario Granelli, two italians who are the legal representatives of this company, who founded together with Stela Gugalla, the company ER One Albania, where the starter, i.e the company that has legal representatives two Italians has 60% of the shares and Stela Gugalla has 40%.

Here appointed administrator is Mirel Mërtiri. Differently known as Klodian Mërtiri, a very complex character, who has also been accused of his strong political connections, and with a famous penal dossier in the prosecution, and with a changed identity.

So, from the zero company which is owned by Stela Gugalla, the company called Albtek Energy, almost two years after the establishment of the first, we have two other companies, which come immediately after the first company received the concession from the government.

Through the concession contract, he signed another contract for the incinerator, and he did both with a security agreement in a bank, having as a guarantee for the financing and investment part, being sure that large sums of money would be poured in her favor, due to the fact that she had already signed a document, and seven months after signing the contract, would begin the delivery of money by the Albanian government.

These are all documents, including the historical extract, the 2015 cash statement, which shows that the company has no money, the agreement with a second-tier bank, the register of insurance equations, as you can see in the picture, and the two extracts from the National Business Center in conjunction with the other two companies.

S o there are 22 million euros from Albanian taxes for a concession of incinerators, taken from a firm which is born from nothing, and then flourished an Italian company, a branch of a foreign company, which creates an Albanian company which includes the shareholder, which has won the concession of the incinerator of Elbasan.

To build, he starts to take the money from the Albanian taxes. He takes out loans and invest. But, we can emphasize that there was no competition. There was simply and only an invention with the PPP style. The signatory of this contract is the then Minister of Environment, Lefter Koka, who seems to have committed a series of procedural violations, but the Prime Minister of the country, who announced the decision of the Council of Ministers, the day after the signing of the contract, is not left out.

But also the Evaluation Commission, apparently could not and did not have the eyes to see who is the company of Stela Gugalla, Albtek Energy, which at the time of the supposed competition or unsolicited bid, had only five months to be established, there was no other activity, there was no guarantee that he could invest, but everything was played between papers, between procedural violations, and between lies and filling files with documents, to justify a concession, corrupt contract, which was paid by the taxes of Albanians.

It is sum of 22 million euros, that will be paid from Albanian taxes, although Elbasan is seen as a success story. Everyone is already trying to justify this concession, with the fact that everything was resolved in Elbasan. The waste field disappeared. There have been planted trees. There is no waste, no garbage. And that is the justification. Yes, it’s true.

Many things may have changed in Elbasan. But there are some details. First, the quality and standard of the incinerator, but citizens probably say that “for us it doesn’t matter. It’s enough that we don’t see garbage and smoke burning, but that field there it has turned into a park”.

This is also true, but that place turned into a park and that large iron object, was paid for with Albanian money. It has been paid with Albanian taxes, with an endless legal procedure and violation, which raises strong allegations of corruption. But besides its quality, the standard

have quite a few question marks.

So, the money of the Albanians has been taken to build that concession, which can be called successful, but which has a history of corruptions affairs.

First, there should be an open international competition.

Second, companies in the race can offer hundreds of more efficient financial and environmental solutions.

Third, there could be a price cut in the race.

Fourth, the procedure had to be regular and legal.

None of this happened, without speaking further about the deeds and misfortunes of the file. In an honest process, a company with a shareholder who has no money couldn’t win. A company who submits some papers, fills in some files, and the next day of the conclusion of the contract, the government announces the decision of the Council of Ministers, who say that the contract was concluded and the incinerator project would move forward.

Such a move, can only be made by major political forces. Corruption and nothing else. And all legal violations, have not been investigated, and have not been opened full penal files. Although it is hoped and claimed that the new justice will put points on ‘I’. And in the case of Elbasan, the Evaluation Commission, the ministers and even the prime minister risk a lot, because they have violated a series of procedures.

In that file, there are invalid documents, i.e lies to justify the contract. Without going further into the payments, and the damage caused that in case it would be done with an open competition, the damage would be calculated in several million euros. But this is only the first case, that of Elbasan, with 22 million euros.

We will bring further details about the affair of the incinerator of Fier, which whets the appetite and brought it up the cost of project to 28 million euros. After that on the landfill and incinerator of Tirana, which goes to the Netherlands. But we still can’t avoid Klodi and the companies around Mirel Mërtiri, Klodian Zoto and several companies that have offices in the same place, but are a chain of shpk, or foreign financial investment institutions, foreign companies, which the shareholders that play and hide shareholders, until the last step, which is the attempt to eradicate the names of the company and the real holders or owners of the Tirana incinerator, which has been attempted to disappear through a chain some institutions and laws of the Dutch state.

But these will be the subject of further investigations. Today we are publishing the second file, after the one published yesterday, and tomorrow we will bring more complete, with documents, the investigation file that we have done for the incinerator of Fier. So far, there is no investigation by prosecution.

No institution has responded. SPAK has not reacted. But this will belong to the other published materials and occult connections of some institutions with the Klodi’s of incinerators, some media owners but also the structures of the new justice in Albania./ CNA.al

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Scandal-From media owners, to offshore companies/ Complete incinerator concession scheme, names included

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Concessions, Public-Private Partnerships, tenders, corruption, scandals, endless accusations have been made about a group of businessmen and the Albanian government for waste processing, which starts in Elbasan, goes to Fier, and ends in Tirana.

Hundreds of millions of euros, which are associated with the same names, the same actors, but with the names of different companies, which start in Tirana, end up in Malta, and the Netherlands. Characters with changed names, and with dubious past.

Accused of being part of criminal groups, but in companies related to each other, there are also former local managers, lawyers, people without any business activity, who at some point “explode” and receive concessions of hundreds of millions of euros, including televisions, politicians, businessmen.

Accusations, which are scandal after scandal and everything ends quietly. Because the opposition denounces in emptiness, and nothing goes into investigation. But even the justice authorities, which are there to investigate and uncover the corruption of a chain of companies involved with the Albanian government, don’t move a single finger.

Neither the SPAK, nor the so called new justice, no one. Not to mention the purchased media, which without any surprise already, exclusively and not only Top Channel, for example, whose shareholders have a joint company with shareholders of incinerators.

But how do these schemes relate with each other? How do these names relate? Who are this companies? Beyond the political accusations, beyond the accusations against the government, let’s stay on the subjects, their connections, and how these links end up in the media.

The most talked about and accused name is Klodian Zoto, the 100% owner of Integrated Technology Services. A company, which is leader in the scheme of waste concessions and incinerators. According to official data released by the NBC (National Business Center), Klodian Zoto founded this company in 2010, and surprisingly the biggest development came with the coming to power of the Renaissance (Socialist Party), where he began to create jobs for himself and to increase his income.

The person who represents him, according to the NBC documents, is Denisa Tollkuçi. Since

he is the general administrator, has issued a special power of attorney and has given a representation to Mrs.Tollkuçi. According to official data, this company has its offices in Fier and Elbasan at the processing site of the urban waste processing plant, at the electrical substation in Fushë Mbret.

But, further searching in the documents, we discover another company which has almost the same address and operates in the same place. The company is called Albtek Energy. This is the company that has received the Elbasan incinerator by concession.

This company has also the address at the Urban Waste Processing Plant, Electric Station, Fushë Mbret. So it has the same address as the company of Klodian Zoto in Elbasan. So, here Klodian Zoto connections with the incinerator of Elbasan, and with the owner of this incinerator.

Stela Gugalla, which founded this company in 2014.

On July 10, 2014, and then surprisingly even though there is no major previous activity the business, she becomes the owner of the incinerators, earning tens of millions of euros in concession. From the data that match the address, it is not only that of Elbasan. But further investigations, reveal some other data of different companies of Stella or Klodian Zotos, which have the same address.

Investigating with documents, we go to the third company. This time looking again for the name of Stela Gugalla, who just found out that she had the same offices with Klodian Zoto, with the company Integrated Technology Services. Albtek Energy, Stella’s company, was the one that held the concession of the Elbasan incinerator.

But what turns out?

It turns out that in 2016, two new companies were founded at the same time, in almost four or five days. One with Italian citizens, and in another company the shareholder is Stela Gugallja with 40% of the quotas, and the administrator is Mirel Mërtiri, one of the most talked regarding the concession of incinerators.

The latter did not appear in the documents before. But it is already clear who is Mirel Mërtiri connections with the incinerator concession, and this concession ends up in joint actions in the company of Vjollca Hoxha of Top Channel, and the wife of the former deputy Ben Blushi.

On April 19, the Energy Recuperator company was registered at the National Business Center. This foreign company, has legal representatives Ernesto Granelli and legal representatives of the representative office Mario Granelli. These are the two responsible persons, and their office is located at the Concord Center complex, tower 3, level 2, fifth floor, apartment 29.

And in this address we find another company, with the name ER One Albania, ie Energji Recuperator One Albania. Perhaps there is a name that comes from the first company of italian shareholders. But what connects ER One with Stela Gugallaj, or with Klodian Zoto and the italians?

ER One Albania is a company founded only five days after Energy Recuperator, which a week later after registration, becomes a shareholder and 60% in another company, which is called ER One Albania shpk, where 40% of shares are owned by Stela Gugallja of the incinerator of Elbasan and Albtek Energy, and the administrator of the company is Mirel Mërtiri.

So, these are the four companies connected to each other in the network, with the same addresses, with almost the same business activity, and exercising the same functions.

So they are involved in government concessions, PPPs, and Stela Gugallja, Klodian Zoto and Mirel Mërtiri are the well-known trio, but another name that emerges from these is the one we mentioned above. Denisa Tollkuçi’s name. Not without purpose, we mentioned this name, which is also represented in another company.

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In EM Capital Group, the fifth company that connects for the first time in Albania with one medium, shareholders of concessions and PPP shareholders of incinerators. And for the first time in Albania, this is confirmed in documents.

In 2016, another company was born, Integreted Technology Waste Treatment in Fier, which has the same address as one of Klodian Zoto’s companies. This company has a partner Integrated Technology Services. So 70 % of the shares and the Construction and Installation company in Patos. Integrated Technology Services, which is the company that holds 70% of the shares Integreted Technology Waste Treatment in Fier, is ITS, the first company we mentioned above, which has as its owner with 100% of the shares Klodian Zoto.

The latter has opened a new company for the Fier incinerator, where he has introduced another shareholder. So their connection becomes even greater. A company is added within 30% of the shares, which is Construction and Installation company in Patos, Fier.

This company, i.e the company opened for Fier, is placed in the same address as the first company of Klodian Zoto in Fier, and in the same address in Tirana. But, here it is clear that Klodian Zoto has opened another company, and has taken this only for the incinerator of Fier.

According to the extracts that we have listed above, so the first, second, third and fourth company, we are bringing the fifth extract.

This is owned by EM Capital Group, the company that has bought a 51% stake in “Valtelina Coffee”, which bears the trade name “Lori Coffe”, and has the same shareholders as Top Channel. And in this company EM Capital Group, according to the extract extracted from Bulgaria, it turns out that the shareholders are Mirel Mërtiri, Klodian Zoto and Eva Blushi, the latter the wife of the director of Top Channel, Ben Blushi.

Then, with a sum about $2.2 million, this company landed in Albania and bought “Valtelina Coffee”. This is a scheme, where it is emerged very clear through various companies, their addresses and locations, how the Italian companies, Ernesto Granelli, are connected to Stela Gugalla and Mirel Mërtiri, but also to Albtech Energy, which has the Elbasan incinerator and where Stela Gugalla is a shareholder, or at Klodian Zoto’s Integrated Technology Services, the company that holds the same address and the same offices as Stella, Klodian, italian Ernesto Granelli and Mirel Mërtiri himself.

The latter in our investigation, appears also in offshore, in a journalist organization, he appears in a company registered in Malta, which is called according to the data, KL Group LTD. This company, is a fiscal heaven, where the company of Mirel Mërtiri has been registered, which has been rumored until today, but its connection with Klodian Zoto, Stela Gugalla of the incinerator of Elbasan and an italian citizen, has never been confirmed with documents.

So far, we have shown with documents the connection of four people, and the cooperation with the Bulgarian company EM Capital Group, which has bought “Valtelina Coffee”, and according to the NRC extract, you can see on the first and second page the shareholder of “Valtelina Coffee”, i.e Vjollca Hoxha’s partnership with EM Capital Group.

Further, from our data it turns out that there is a strong family connection of Mirel Mërtiri with Stela Gugalla. So they are not just random names, but are cohabitants in one of the capital’s residential areas, and the companies are a deliberately built network, and not just for incinerator activity.

According to these documents, the incinerator-media connection has been confirmed fourfold for the first time. The way companies are registered under different names, are almost the same, have the same owners. But on paper, they move somewhere to Klodi, once to Stela, to Mërtiri, to an italian, and so on.

These are the companies, and these are the extracts that we brought above, and that clearly show who is involved in the scheme of incinerators, from Elbasan to Fier. Our investigation does not end here. We will go further to the incinerator of Tirana.

So, we will show the development of a dutch company with a 30-year concession, for 128 million euros, and this one related to several scandals, accusations and corruption, for which the finger has been pointed out by the Municipality of Tirana and his mayor Erion Veliaj.

The facts speak for themselves, the names are, but CNA.al will further bring other exclusive.

Data, regarding these concessions, a field where still no one is officially investigating. Not just for the procedure, but for the connections of how the same company and individuals benefit from concessions.

At a certain moment, come out the names of people with strange business activity, without income, and then receive concessions with hundreds of millions of euros, loans in very large amounts in second-tier banks, but also with different schemes, that do not stop only at the concession, but also on the waste processing fees, and the way of administration of landfills, like landfill of Tirana, or the case of two incinerators, that the Albanian government has paid without starting work. These are data that CNA.al will develop them further, bringing details to each case./ CNA.al.

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