CNA.al has published a complete investigation file on the concessions of incinerators, including that of Fier. Today we made public the sum of money that this concession has received from the Albanian taxes and the images of the situation in Fier.
The incinerator of Fier 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 worth 28 million euros without VAT, or about 35 million euros in total.
Klodian Zoto’s Integreted Technology Service has here 70% of the shares, and 30% of the company “Construction Installation, Patos”. This plant, although it has gone through all the stages from the project to the conclusion of the contract, has been accompanied by controversy and protests, from politics but also the residents themselves, who have spoken out against incineration.
Residents, who have clashed several times with police, have said they have not been asked about its construction, which is being built at a distance of no more than 700 m from the village, and between the plots where they plant vegetables and fruits.
There have even been accusations, that the coordinates where the plant will be built, have been insidiously changed. The case for this incinerator went even to the Administrative Court of Tirana. Residents raised claims that the company “Integrated Technology” is building the incinerator on a different area of what is provided in the studies and decisions of the Municipality of Fier.
However, the court decided to dismiss the claim, arguing that “the plaintiff failed to prove on the basis of written evidence of the alleged consequences and damages”. However today after almost four years, in Fier there is no incinerator, even though the government has paid millions of euros of Albanians taxes, starting very soon after the signing of the contract.
According to official data provided by the Treasury, the Albanian government has paid the company about 22.6 billion lek of a total of 37 billion that provided in total the contracts.
Respectively; for 2016, have been paid 125 million new lek.
For 2017, 640 million new lek.
For 2018, 750 million new lek.
For 2019, 750 million new lek.
So the company has received more than half of the money, and the investment started with the Albanian tax money, being favored by the government without an open international competition, and after almost 4 years the incinerator has not been yet completed.
Although the justification has often been the clash with the residents of the area, or the accusations of the opposition, it must be said that they are 28 million euros from the taxes of the Albanians, that it is not known where they ended up./ CNA.al
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