For more than a year, CNA.al has published a complete investigative file, after several months of investigation, regarding incinerator concessions in Albania. Following the corrupt scheme of Elbasan, where a company without any money, was able to secure for a short time a contract worth 22 million euros from the government for the construction of an incinerator in this city, came the affair of the incinerator of Fier, which was given by concession by the government Albanian according to an agreement signed by the then Minister of Environment Lefter Koka in October 2016, with the company called Integreted Technology Waste Treatment Fier.
So the same scheme as in Elbasan, they use in Fier. The company “Ndërtim Montim Patos”, together with the company Integreted Technology Service, appear at a second level bank and, as in the case of Elbasan, sign an insurance agreement, where as a guarantor these two companies establish the company Integreted Technology Waste Treatment Fier and the contract reached with the Ministry of Environment worth 28 million euros without VAT, or about 35 million euros in total.
So, the Albanian government has given 28 million euros for the incinerator in Fier, which should have been completed in December 2020, and the waste situation should have been resolved, but this didn’t happen.
As CNA.al published a little while ago, the waste situation in Fier continues to be extremely problematic. Since yesterday, a good part of the city of Fier is under the power of toxic smoke, and the cause is the fire that has engulfed the waste field.
Smoke billows have invaded homes and businesses located very close to the landfill, but they are spreading to other parts of the city, also favored by wind and high temperatures. The waste was to be taken to this incinerator, for which the Albanian government has given 28 million euros from Albanian taxes, but what happens is that the waste continues to burn, thus committing an environmental crime.
So an environmental crime occurs in the middle of the day, in a district for which the Albanian government has given tens of millions of euros, for the construction of an incinerator that still doesn’t work./CNA.al