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Incinerator concession projects stall on investment/ Brussels is concerned

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A report by the Ministry of Finance states that the incinerators in Tirana and Fier have failed to realize the promised investments during 2018 and 2019. The two projects have raised concerns in Brussels for violating the principles of the European Union for waste management.

Some of the biggest concession projects of the “Rama” government seem to be late with the investment plan, according to data published by the government itself. The Tirana incinerator company should have invested 11.6 billion Lek (93 million euros) for the period 2018-2019 under the concession contract, but has invested in reality only 1.7 billion Lek, or only 14 per cent of the contract.

“The actual value of the capital investment for 2018, was only 20 percent of the value planned in the business plan. The reason that led to the non-realization of the investment value, was the long time of obtaining the construction permit in the CRT for the constituent facilities of the plant.

While the value of capital investment for 2019 was 526.2 million Lek, reads in the report of the Ministry of Finance, which has begun to be prepared as a form of transparency on the controversial concession projects undertaken by the government of Prime Minister Edi Rama, which are contracts that will weigh on the pockets of Albanians for the next 30 years, and that have generally been awarded through controversial procurement procedures.
In total, for both the years 2018 and 2019, the company has not made 9.9 billion Lek or 80 million euros of investments provided in the contract. In 2018, 20 per cent of the planned investments were realized, while in 2019, only 8.9 per cent.

The Sharra Incinerator is a project of Integrated Energy BV SPV, a company registered in Tirana as a subsidiary of a company named Integrated Energy BV, registered in the Netherlands. The final owners of this company are unknown. The company is registered in Tirana with a share capital of 100.000 Lek, while its balance sheet data for 2018 show that it had 1.16 billion Lek income and 29.2 million Lek net profits, with a rate of return on share capital of 292 times bigger.

The report of the Ministry of Finance, expressed less clearly in terms of the progress of the other incineration project, that of Fier. The state budget has paid for this project since 2017, and is expected to pay by 2023 a total of 4.5 billion Lek (about 37 million euros), but it is not clear from the report, what percentage of planned investments have been realized./CNA.al

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Facts- Why the Rama-Basha agreement still works/ How Basha “killed” politically Sali Berisha and sold Ilir Meta to Socialist Party

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Facts- Why the Rama-Basha agreement still works/How Basha “killed” politically Sali Berisha and sold Ilir Meta to Socialist Party

One of the biggest political costs that the opposition has had is the agreement of 2017, between Prime Minister Edi Rama and the leader of the Democratic Party, Lulzim Basha. It has been criticized not only by critics, but also by people close to Basha, who have described it as an agreement on corrupt interests, promoted by George Soros, and with serious consequences for Albanian politics.

And today in 2021, no one has any argument that this deal doesn’t exist, and is not functioning perfectly. Let us list the facts and analyze them. In 2017, a Rama-Basha agreement was reached for peaceful elections, at a time when the opposition was in the Tent of protests.

In 2021, an agreement was reached again for the Electoral Code, and again there were peaceful elections. In both cases Rama won with the same result, while Basha in the last elections only added the votes that in 2017 went to the SMI. The agreement has secured Rama power, while Basha has secured the chair of the DP chairman.

The agreement provided a peaceful process, and rapid counting and announcement of the final result. And the fact is that the election defeat was signed in every polling station, in every counting group, in every CEAZ, and Basha’s complains were simply formal.

In both cases, after losing Basha pretended not to recognize the election, and then in both cases entered parliament and accepted the mandates. In both cases he said that now begins the battle. Even the first, second, and maybe the third term, the businesses of Basha’s family are only increasing.

Lulzim Basha is probably the only opposition leader in the world who gets rich while the other has the power. In 2017, Rama and Basha attacked small parties. While this year with the changes in the Electoral Code, they practically disappear small parties.

The latest and most important evidence of the continuation of the agreement is the political “murder” of Ilir Meta and Sali Berisha. In 2017, Basha focused the campaign against Meta. This year he hasn’t said a single word in defense of the president already fired by Parliament.

Maybe Meta understood it late, but Basha sold it to Rama.

And this is a fact, as the burning of mandates not only ambushed Meta, but also executed him politically. If Basha didn’t burn the mandates, Edi Rama would never have the constitutional majority to dismiss the president. Therefore, Meta’s departure is totally part of the 2017 agreement.

In 2017, Basha complained that Berisha did not allow him to reach an agreement with Rama. Two years later, every political act was billed to Berisha, exposing him to the internationals.

Then, in a flash, in collaboration with Rama, they “killed” him politically, with the decision of the US State Department, for declaring non-grata the former Prime Minister.

Everyone is convinced that this wouldn’t have come without the OK of Lulzim Basha. So, the agreement started with the enrichment of the family, through the 16 million euros he received for his father-in-law’s palace, built on the sand of the Ionian Sea in Vlora.

He then went on to co-govern in two forms, once with ministers and once without the latter. To go further to the betrayed causes, from Nation’s Road, National Theater and everything else. Let’s not forget also the fact that even for the scandal with the incinerators, Basha spoke only for a few days, then the envelopes with money closed his mouth.

Basha does not need to be in government, as he receives millions of euros even being at the head of the DP. And with the money he earns from the agreement with Rama, he holds the leadership of the DP, sells and buys mandates of deputies, which he uses for his personal interests. The Rama-Basha agreement exists, and the scheme is already clear. Who has doubts, will see other evidence in September./CNA.al

 

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Why is SPAK still silent on the incinerators scandal?!

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Dërgimi i dosjes së Ardian Çapjas në gjyq/ SPAK jep njoftimin zyrtar

The reform of the justice system and the new institutions that emerged from it, much trumpeted not only by politics but also by the international factor, are seen as the hope that albanians will finally find the missing justice.

One of the new justice institutions, the Special Prosecution Against Corruption and Organized Crime, otherwise known as the SPAK, is claimed to be the institution that will crack down on corruption in the ranks of politics and senior officials, and that they will finally receive the punishment they deserve.

But now SPAK is facing the test if we really have a new justice. And if there is one issue that needs to be talked about out loud, it that of the incinerators. The SPAK must wake up and complete the investigation into the denunciations over what is called the corrupt affair of the century, as there is talk of a sum of money worth 400 million euros.

While he is moving faster with the seizure of Ylli Ndroqi’s property and secondary things, as dealing with traffic police officers who take bribes of 10 dollars from drivers, SPAK seems to have no eyes and ears to see and hear the affair corrupt of incinerators.

The latter, which has been strongly denounced by the opposition, the Albanian media and even the international ones, cost Albanians hundreds of millions of euros. This scandal is a direct accusation not only of the minister, the Prime Minister, but also of the media involved in this corrupt affair.

But when will SPAK investigate this mega scandal? When will there be arrests by SPAK for incinerators? When will Albanians learn the truth about where ended up hundreds of millions of euros, taken from the government and given to private companies.

The latter then bargain and enter into schemes with former socialist officials, turned as media executives. When will SPAK talk about the scandalous facts? SPAK couldn’t remain silent on the incinerators, because even if he forgot, he will remind by others.

And not only this affair, but also its connections to the media, assets of unjustified individuals, amounting to millions of euros. And if Ylli Ndroqi was an example, the incinerator scandal, connections with media people and corrupt officials, should be the great truth of the fight against corruption./CNA.al

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Chinese chemical fertilizers for Albanians/ Erion Braçe demanded the removal of the director who revealed the scandal

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Through some investigative articles, CNA.al has denounced a scandal of unimaginable proportions, where it is suspected that are involved officials of the “Rama” government. It

is about a scandal that occurred in 2018, for which CNA.al has shown with exclusive documents how thousands of boxes of Chinese pesticides have entered our country, not certified by the European Union, and the entry of which is prohibited by law.

But the officials involved in the affair, have been justified in claiming that the Chinese company that exported the pesticides is a branch of a Spanish company, which has never been proven. CNA.al showed with exclusive documents, that quantities of banned pesticides were loaded in China, then from Shanghai arrived in Durrës. The orders were made by AGRO-ZANI shpk, with address in Berat.

While, another quantity, turns out to be the order of the company “Shegaj-Agr shpk”, which is administered by Adriatik Hadëri. This company has declared on March 14, 2018, the customs clearance of pesticides, which are used in agriculture, where it is clearly stated that the exporting company is a Chinese company.

This citizen has stated that the Chinese exporting company is a subsidiary of the company “MAC-GmbH”, with address in Germany. CNA.al also showed with official documents that the Prosecution of Durrës launched an investigation into this scandal, and it has received full information from customs.

But apparently it is precisely the revelation of this scandal, the one that has led to the dismissal of the director of investigation at customs. This fact was confirmed two days ago in the plenary session of the Albanian Parliament by MP Myslim Murrizi.

CNA.al went further to the investigation, while from some sources we learned that the Director of Investigation, who discovered this scandal, Ervin Brahaj, had a strong clash with Deputy Prime Minister Erion Braçe, and is the latter who asked his removal from office.

So, Deputy Prime Minister Erion Braçe has demanded the resignation of the Director of Investigation at Customs, who revealed the scandal of the introduction in Albania of thousands of boxes of Chinese pesticides, which were strictly prohibited by law. Regarding the issue in question, CNA.al has learned that there was a meeting, which was also attended by customs officials.

Sources emphasize that in this meeting Braçe had a strong debate and clash with the

Director of Investigation, Ervin Brahaj, which led to his removal from office. Perhaps it is a coincidence that the company that has demanded the customs clearance of Chinese chemical fertilizers and Erion Braçe are from Berat.

But the fact is that Braçe has demanded the resignation of the Director of Investigation, who uncovered the scandal. On the other hand, a day ago, CNA.al reported that in connection with the scandal in question, a group of inspectors from the Supreme State Audit have started controlling the customs. But even though the evidence is clear, SPAK has not launched any investigation./CNA.al

 

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