Former Democratic Party MP Jorida Tabaku, continues to make strong accusations against the government, regarding the incinerator concession in Albania.
Former MP Tabaku, has released today the report of the Supreme State Audit on the incinerator in Tirana, which she says raises the alarm for another criminal scheme, even more serious than the theft with the incinerator of Fier and Elbasan.
“A cold analysis of the Supreme State Audit, regarding the concession contract of the Tirana incinerator, given for 30 years to a company with unknown shareholders in tax havens, and the rest owned by Klodian Zoto, raises the alarm for another criminal scheme, that is even more serious than the theft with the incinerator is in Fier and Elbasan.
Albanians will pay an additional 104 million euros, just by indexing inflation and by not accurately calculating garbage volume. This means that the value of the operating contract for the Tirana incinerator will go to 300 million euros and not 223 million euros, as the Ministry of Finance cheats.
The report of the Supreme State Audit, states that the contract for the Tirana incinerator passes all the risk to the Albanian taxpayer. More specifically, if the incinerator company fails to provide the waste guaranteed in the contract, and it will be the Albanians who will pay for the incinerator.
SSA emphasizes that exceeding the amount of fertilizers, puts at risk the State Budget for payments, as well as increases the profits of the concessionaire indefinitely”- said Tabaku. She further stated that these higher payments, due to the higher amounts of waste, translate into dizzying profits for the concessionaire in the tax haven. It is this corrupt definition in the contract, against the public interest, that has led to the increase of payments for the incinerator from the state budget, from 7 million euros at the beginning, to 11 million euros.
“Supreme State Audit has discovered that in the costs of the incinerator in Tirana, is missing the voice of the expropriation of the private land on which it would be located. This occupies 40 per cent of the entire area of the project, with an expropriation value of 214.5 million Lek. But the audit shows that the cost was hidden and not included in the project.
The Ministry of Finance, headed by Arben Ahmetaj, has taken every action that favors the incinerator of Tirana against the public interest. In order to fill bank accounts in tax havens, the Ministry of Finance has bypassed the budget ceilings, which must be maintained by law, leading the money to the garbage mafia business without any restrictions.
What SSA constantly observes in the analysis of this concession, is that the Ministry of Finance has always turned a blind eye when it comes to inflated or hidden costs. According to Supreme State Audit, more than 61 million euros of costs presented in the feasibility study are unsubstantiated, leading to the artificial increase of the service fee.
This means that the price of 29 euros for each ton of waste, that pay today the citizens of Tirana, is a consequence of a corrupt contract, designed to steal millions of euros every year. From the garbage, scrap and energy that they will sell, the unknown owners of the Tirana incinerator have secured over 120 million euros from this contract a net profit, without any risk, covered by the taxes of the Albanians.
For the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecution, the case is very simple. The documents are in every state office. It takes a little goodwill to put justice in place, so that Albanian’s money doesn’t go to fiscal havens, but to create new jobs.
It is in the honor of SPAK to make transparency now, investigate without any delay and in complete independence the most flagrant corruption affair of the government and the outgoing prime minister”- said Jorida Tabaku./ CNA.al