*The first part
In a full investigation conducted by CNA.al staff, we were able to unravel the scheme, how the Albanian government has given 50 million euros for two incinerators, that in Elbasan and Fier. By investigating the documents, providing and exclusive materials, we have shown very clearly that they are the same people who hide behind incinerators.
Who are the citizens Klodian Zoto, the citizen Mirel Mërtiri, and the cohabitant of the latter Stela Gugalla. These four people, are the main people who have received the two unsolicited bids for the incinerator of Elbasan and Fier, for which the Albanian government must pay at least 50 million euros. (Read here)
These two incinerators, one of which has started working, are a scheme widely accused by the opposition as a corrupt floor, favored for clienteles connections of Rama government ministers, but which go as far as the mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj. Today we are bringing the first part of the investigation, made by our staff regarding the incinerator of Tirana.
A concession of 128 million euros, for 30 years. An investment that includes the Sharra landfill, where an incinerator will be built to generate energy, and urban waste and other waste will also be treated. CNA.al has been able to provide again authentic documents, which clearly show the truth of the incinerators, beyond what we have been told in the media, it is completely different and for this is enough to look at the documents.
According to the data advertised by the Albanian government, and if we listen this interview given by the mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj, which you can read here, it is said that it is a large dutch company that will employ people, and others like them. The public lies, that Veliaj told every day.
In fact, this is not true at all. CNA.al has been able to find out, that the company which is claimed to be a dutch company, Integreted Energy BV, is simple and only a company created by the same people, involved in the construction of incinerators in Fier and Elbasan.
So in the scene appears again Klodian Zoto, the italian who signed the contracts for the construction of incinerators, Ernesto Granelli, and some other offices which are mainly administrators of shares or representing individuals who do not want to appear with names.
CNA.al has also been able to ensure, that the mother company, is a company registered in the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, which is called Residence Coorporate Servise.
This company also has about 32 groups of companies, registered in the chamber of commerce, where it is registered have the same address Delflandlaan 1 Queens Tower. Also, if we look at the Chamber of Commerce, there are companies that represent this company, at the second and third level, where a company called Almares Management BV co-operates with Klodian Zoto’s company in the Netherlands.
Searching first with the name of the company Integreted Energy BV, we found some complete data. According to the documents, this company has the first registration on 19.08.2016. If we look closely, the directors are three names.
Klodian Zoto, of the Fier incinerator, Ernesto Granelli, the Italian who signs the contracts with keys in hand for the construction of the incinerator of Fier and Elbasan with Klodian Zoto, and has a partnership with Stela Gugalla, where in the company managed by Mirel Mërtiri, the values of the generators are 15 million euro.
So, what we have been told us by politics, by Veliaj and government propaganda, that it is a dutch company with great experience, that will create many jobs, and will do wonders in Tirana, is nothing else but a company registered a year before winning the concession for the Tirana landfill and the incinerator.
Registered in 2016, and in 2017 “Rama 1” government gave the concession 128 million euros. Where is the experience here? What Mayor Veliaj or Prime Minister Rama declare, and the attitudes held by them in public about the 128 million euro concession for a dutch company, are simply lies.
The prosecution already has the “ass” under its sleeve. The fact that the dutch company was an offshore shell, and with unknown names. Now the names are there, is enough to go to the Trading Room or to the above addresses. But not for so long, as they can still be hidden under companies and other names.
In fact, Integreted Energy BV, is a company with director Ernesto Granelli, Klodian Zoto and Thomas Walter Hansman, in 2016. Which shows that it was registered simply and only in the Netherlands, to lose her track.
As we said above, the company Integreted Energy BV, is part of the scheme of the company Residences Koorporate Servis, where with different schemes, dozens of companies are involved by hiding the names of shareholders, then in surface emerge only leading executives.
CNA.al has been able to find out, that there are dozens of companies that have the same address, the same representatives, are located in the same office, in the same building in Amsterdam. Here are the companies of Klodian Zoto, whose name appears somewhere, and then begins to disappear, or his companies start to change their names and all enter the secret cycle.
And it is not difficult in fact, if a prosecutor and institutions would take it seriously and investigate, because the traces are there. “The Devil is hidden in the details”. Let’s go further. We were able to find out that in 2017, that for the first time, at the beginning of this year, the company paid the capital, which led to the value of 50 thousand euros. And here begins the moment of Albania.
It’s a company that was in the negotiations then with officials of the Albanian government, which was able to further receive a concession of 128 million euros, from the Albanian government. If we look at the documents, the contract between the Ministry of Environment and the company for the construction of the incinerator and the rehabilitation of existing landfills in Tirana and the production of electricity, was signed on August 31, 2017.
And the concession was given to the company Integreted Energy BV SPV, which has 100% shareholders of the company Integreted Energy BV, according to the NRC extract, which you can see below. The company was established in Tirana on August 30, in the NRC was registered on August 31, and on the same day signed the contract.
The contract also states that it was signed by Mr. Lefter Koka, a few days before he left office as Minister of Environment, as a representative of the SMI (Socialist Movement for Integration party). The contract was signed by Minister Lefter Koka, and by concessionaire Integreted Energy BV SPV company, by its representative Giuseppe Ciaffaglione.
But who is Giuseppe Ciaffaglione
If we look at the data of Integreted Energy BV in the Netherlands, it turns out that after 2017, when the capital was paid at the beginning of the year, until December there was no registered activity, but after the concession was taken, a few months more later begin the movements.
One of the directors resigned. Then resigned also Ernesto Granelli from that duty, who guarantees the building of incinerators with keys in hand, the shareholder of the company Energy Recuperator and then co-partner with Stela Gugala, with the company ER One Albania, to the incinerator of Elbasan.
Meanwhile, on 18.01.2018, there is another change. So, about 6 months after the Albanian government signed with the Integreted Energy BV SPV the concession contract, started some moves. According to the data, the company Almares Menagment BV is represented by a director.
So it is also enters the scheme, and there are already two directors signing, one of Integreted Energy BV and the other of Almares Menagment BV, both of them at one address, one office, with the same mother company. In Almares Menagment BV case, there are other details that we will bring in the following articles.
Also, the director of Integrated Energy BV, which is the mother company, is the administrator
of the company Integrated Energy BV SPV in Tirana, but he has no right to perform business administration of the enterprise, nor the financial, banking, legal and other performance activities of society. The one who signs for the company from the Netherlands as a “DIRECTOR”, in Tirana there is nobody, he makes only technical work.
But what is Almares Menagment BV?
This is part of the scheme of the mother company mentioned above, and again has the same address, the same office, in the same building with Integreted Energy BV, the company of Klodian Zoto, Ernesto Granelli and some other citizens, who in fact it seems that foreigners are representative directors that play the game for the companies, within the big corporation, which builds endless schemes and companies to hide and move their names, until they no longer appear.
After receiving Almares Menagment BV, her position and director. So this company will have a director within the company Integreted Energy BV. Klodian Zoto was withdrawn on March 20, 2018 from the director post, and he was replaced by Giuseppe Ciaffaglione.
Giuseppe Ciaffaglione, the Italian who signed the contract of the Ministry of Environment with the Integreted Energy BV SPV company in Albania, is the administrator of Klodian Zoto’s company. So, the Italian who is in charge of the company, is the administrator of Klodian Zoto in Tirana.
But what do we see next?
Further everything is calm, and the only changes are around 2019, where there have been other reports of changes in the Netherlands. There are at least about 20 ties and changes reported for Integreted Energy BV, where the first as we said, appears Klodian Zoto and Ernesto Granelli, and then a Dutch company, which is apparently the shell, where the traces of everything that happened have disappeared.
The companies have the same address Delflandlaan 1 Queens Tower in Amsterdam, and they were registered in the Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands, where Klodian Zoto, Ernesto Granelli and all the “screenwriters” for the building of the Tirana incinerator, have tried to hide the traces.
Another striking detail is the fact that it’s very clear from the scheme used, that they are companies that have no money. They are not able to invest, or for major investments. They are companies created in shells abroad, that come in Albania with a bunch of documents, and ask hundreds of millions of euros to realize a project.
Thus, every Albanian citizen can prepare a bunch of letters, make some contracts and sign concessions, but no one gives them. This raises the strong suspicions, that there is a complete corruption scheme involving senior officials of the Albanian state, from the government, ministers, to the mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj.
Because anyone can make a few letters, create a company, the procedure of which does not cost much, and then get a 30-year concession, when in fact Integreted Energy BV has started only with the project in Albania, and then he went in 2 African countries, but this will belong to another writing.
CNA.al will further bring other exclusive documents, board decisions, contracts, schemes, government decisions and everything else, that has happened since the beginning with the birth of Integreted Energy BV in the Netherlands, then with Albanian companies Integreted Energy BV SPV, the introduction on stage of the new company Almares Menagment, the disappearance of the track, the movement and the return to the stage of many names, who are not unknown, but are simple and only screenwriters and actors who have been able to secure 128 million euros.
So about 4.3 million euros a year, from Albanian taxes for a company that has no experience, but that was founded shortly before signing the concession, and Integreted Energy BV company is simply a mask, used by Klodian Zoto and the Italian citizen Ernesto Granelli, to sign the next concession with the Albanian government.
Not to mention the lack of a transparent international competition and on equal legal terms. From the provided documents it results that Klodian Zoto, Mirel Mërtiri, Ernesto Granelli and Stela Gugalla, involved in a scheme, were able to provide through three incinerators, 178 million euros from the Albanian state budget, for the construction of incinerators.
For a long time, they have been able to receive and withdraw millions and millions of euros from the state budget. We will show these in other exclusive documents. It is enough to follow the money how they circulate, where they go, how they poured, and who are the people who fill their pockets with Albanian taxes and on behalf of incinerators and corrupt concessions, without talking about the traces and names of documents./CNA.al
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