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Could the broken “tooth”, Sali Berisha, save Edi Rama and Lulzim Basha?!

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Could the broken “tooth”, Sali Berisha, save Edi Rama and Lulzim Basha?!

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On Friday, Prime Minister Edi Rama reiterated his political rhetoric, his stance of holding since 2013, when the Socialists came to power with the SMI on the side. He demanded from the socialists another approach to the opposition. More open, calmer, no excesses, etc.

In fact this didn’t happen. The opposition didn’t have the space it needed. Its deputies were raped. Among the SP parliamentary group there were incriminated persons. SP had harsh clashes with the opposition, and there were no records of tolerance, as Rama claims in his speech on Friday in front of the new and old deputies of the Socialist Party.

Parliamentary battles were fierce. Anyway, they were in the service of politics. On the other hand, it would be the DP protests in 2017 in the Tent constructed in front of the Prime Minister’s building, that would change the political scene.

They produced a Rama-Basha agreement. Then came the burning of the mandate of the opposition, a move unheard-of before, and now after 2 years the return of the opposition in parliament. This after spending a barren 2-year-old outside the institutions.

Edi Rama knows that the new Parliament will brings many problems. A quarrelsome opposition, more numerous, harsher, and perhaps even more conflicting. He therefore warned that it would be tolerated. If this promise will be fulfilled, remains to be seen.

On the other hand, Rama had a strong stance, saying that the opposition has a broken “tooth”, which is also damaging his face. This is an open attitude towards former Prime Minister Sali Berisha, who has been declared non grata by the Unites States.

But is this broken “tooth” enough to save Edi Rama and Lulzim Basha from accusations, political scandals, and what is expected to happen after September? First, Lulzim Basha couldn’t escape from Sali Berisha. In any scenario, Lulzim Basha is lost.

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If he will confront Sali Berisha within the Democratic Party, the latter will be even more fragmented, it will become an even smaller party. Not to mention the possibility that Berisha himself could remove him from the leadership of the party.

Meanwhile, Basha must definitely maintain a public attitude towards the Americans as well. But it is very difficult. Until yesterday, he justified himself before the Americans with Berisha, saying that it was the latter who made the de facto the decisions in the Democratic Party.

Today, Americans are demanding that Basha be the one to make the decisions. But even if he will dot that, he will have a lot of problems, first of all the further fragmentation of the Democratic Party. Berisha can take from him a group of deputies. So Lulzim Basha is on a dead end.

On the other hand, Edi Rama uses Berisha for political rhetoric and the weakening of the opposition. But the blow that Berisha received from the Americans, should “shake” more than any other Rama himself. And this for a simple reason.

Everything has a certain order, and the blows in politics can reach the door of the Prime Minister. The United States’attitudes toward many government scandals and corruption scandals have been consistent. Support to SPAK for incinerator investigations, on scandals regarding 184, 339 files, or the arrests of senior officials, in the Ministry of Interior, the Municipality of Lushnja, etc.

Many politicians alongside ministers or former ministers, currently under investigation by the SPAK, seem to have plenty of such political autumn and winter. So, the broken “tooth”, Sali Berisha, labeled as such by the Prime Minister, cannot save both Lulzim Basha and Edi Rama from what was happening and from the turbulent water that are flowing in politics./CNA.al

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The AEPC-NOA scandal/ A corrupt affair, from Benet Beci to the institutions involved

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For several days, CNA.al has denounced through official and exclusive documents a scandal related to an abusive contract signed by the Albanian Electric Power Corporation, AEPC, has connected with the private company, NOA Energy, for the exchange of electricity.

This is an abusive contract, as no energy exchange schedules have been set. According to this contract, AEPC gives energy to the private company NOA Energy when the demand for energy is very high but also when the price of energy is many times higher, while this private company returns this energy to AEPC after midnight, when the demand for energy is low and the price many times even lower.

From this contract the private company, NOA Energy earns thousands of euros, while AEPC gets only a few crumbs. The first request of NOA was made on March 4, 2021, while the head of AEPC Beci resigned a day later, on March 5, 2021. But on the date NOA filed the second request, setting some conditions.

Meanwhile, through official documents, CNA.al has shown how the Competition Authority was involved in this scandal. The agreement is detailed and officially presented on March 8th. So 3 days after the resignation of the director of that time, Benet Beci, who remained in office.

On the same day, the AEPC administrator prepares the official documents, and on March 9 sends the request to the Energy Regulatory Authority and the Competition Authority. Although the Competition Authority had previously annulled such decisions, ie from 2019 onward many other private companies were not given this opportunity, at a high speed for only 48 hours, the documents are reviewed and a decision was made.

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The decision is dated March 12, 2021, and clearly states the Authority has recommended AEPC that during the interest procedures to guarantee the fulfillment of the obligation for public service, to respect the principles of profitability, and obliges AEPC as the dominant operator for each contract which decides special exclusive rights, to request a preliminary evaluation by the Competition Commission, etc.



So, the Competition Authority has responded to AEPC within 48 hours, while usually state institutions return responses to official documents for 1 month. In this case, the levers of the state have functioned perfectly and this naturally raises a question:” What ‘oil of corruption’ has moved the rusty bars of the Albanian state gear?”.

It’s very clearly that the procedures have proceeded rapidly by order from above. The day before, CNA.al published two other documents, which confirm the scandal and add to the suspicions. This is exactly the answer that came from the Energy Regulatory Authority.

While the Competition Authority’s response came on March 12, the Energy Regulatory Authority it took a month to respond.

In the document provided by CNA.al, the response of the ERA dated on April 9, 2021. So, the response of this institution does not come three days later, but almost a month later. So it seems that the ERA was out of the scheme. Tomorrow CNA.al will publish the full contract, where the documents clearly show that an agreement has been drafted and signed in favor of a private company, and to the detriment of AEPC./CNA.al

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The decision of the Venice Commission, a hard “punch” for Lulzim Basha and Ilir Meta

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Zbardhen propozimet e PD-LSI për sabotimin e reformës në drejtësi/ Ja mesazhet e Bashës dhe Metës

The political parties have provided a draft preliminary report, regarding the opinion given by the Venice Commission, following the request made by the Constitutional Court, about the legitimacy of the local elections of June 30, 2019.

But this happens immediately after a very tense political situation in the country, especially for the opposition and the President of the Republic. In 2019, Lulzim Basha in cooperation with Monika Kryemadhi, decided to burn the mandates of MPs.

A personal decision again of Basha, that someone could try to leave in oblivion. In fact, it was Basha who decided to burn the mandates. He even opposed foreign representatives, European and US diplomats at the time, telling them there was no going back.

He later boycotted local elections, and sought to escalate political tensions in the country. But he was “threatened” by the international community, and then withdrew. The elections took place, Edi Rama took over all the municipalities of the country, giving him the opportunity to create a structure even more solid for the next parliamentary elections.

Ilir Meta postponed the elections, stating that they would be held in October of that year. But that didn’t happen. Basha then said that the local elections had not been lost, and that the majority of Albanians had voted for him and the Democratic Party.

Then came this year’s parliamentary elections. Basha lost again, and the SMI suffered an electoral catastrophe. Then another lie circulated in the corridors of the Democratic Party, according to which the President of the Republic would announce the early local elections, as this would be decided by the Constitutional Court.

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In fact, this new institution found another solution. He addressed the Venice Commission, an established institution of jurisprudence with international fame, from where he often received interpretations regarding the situations charged by the political parties, which interpret the Constitution according to their interest.



What happened? Nothing more than expected. The Constitutional Court is already expected to come up with the decision of the Venice Commission, which clearly states that the boycott was a wrong move, and that the parties can boycott whenever they want, but no one can stop the will of the voters to take part and vote free.

So, Basha is not once but several times unconstitutional in his political actions. Firstly, because it boycotted the elections, and secondly because it wanted to disrupt them, preventing citizens from voting freely. With its decision, Venice has given a strong “punch” to Basha and Meta.

Therefore, both should leave the positions they currently hold. Basha for the decision to boycott the elections and create unnecessary political tensions in the country, and Ilir Meta for their postponement, and his involvement in the political game as a “suicide bomber” in the interest of the party of his wife and Lulzim Basha.

In fact, Basha has further added his mistakes, until the loss of the parliamentary elections, mistakes that already seem to be forgotten. But this decision of the Venice Commission, and the decision of the Constitutional Court that will follow it, will be enough to put another big cross on Lulzim Basha and his political action in these 8 years./CNA.al

Venecia si “grusht” për Bashën dhe Metën

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Deepens the corruption affair AEPC-NOA / How the Competition Authority got involved in the scandal

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The corrupt affair of Albanian Electricity Power Corporation(AEPC) with a private company is being further dismantled, and every day CNA.al is publishing documents that show how worked a well-thought-out and pre-prepared scheme, which produced an agreement that brought a private company millions of euros income only from a contract with the AEPC, playing spectacularly with energy exchange schedules.

But before these schedules, everything started with the preparation and signing of the contract. CNA.al revealed that on March 4, 2021, the private company NOA Energy asked AEPC to sign an agreement on electricity storage. This agreement is then detailed and announced publicly on March 8th.

So 3 days after the director of that time, Benet Beci had resigned. But he continued to stay in office. Also, on March 8, the AEPC administrator prepares the letter and on the March9th forward the request to the Energy Regulatory Authority and the Competition Authority.

Although previously the Competition Authority had annulled such decisions. So from 2019 many other private companies were not given this opportunity. This time, for only 48 hours, the Competition Authority comes out with a decision.

The decision is dated March 12, 2021, and clearly states that it has recommended to AEPC that during the interest procedures to guarantee the fulfillment of the obligation for public service, to respect the principles of mobility, there are no restrictive deposits, obliges AEPC as the dominant operator, that in any contract which establishes special exclusive rights, to request a preliminary evaluation by the Competition Commission, etc.

The Competition Authority has a political representation. The chairwoman is Juliana Latifi, while the members are Denar Biba, former head of the CEC, as a representative of the SP. Adriana Berberi, Eduard Ypi, former director of the Treasury during the DP government, and Ledina Matja, former deputy prime minister, who also holds the post of deputy chairman of the Competition Authority.

So an institution with political representation, where everyone is involved in a corrupt and scandalous contract, which today generates millions of euros in profits for a private company. The whole contract itself does not specify the schedules, ie the energy peak, the time when the energy will be exchanged.

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But, this is where the game begins. Energy is bought at peak times, when the price is very high and returns to the hours after midnight, in the early hours of the morning, when energy demand falls and its market price is very low.

The contract was totally initiated by Benet Beci, the former director of AEPC, who although he resigned on March 5, as he himself confirmed for CNA.al, he continued to go to the offices of AEPC, and according to reliable information from the institutions, has supervised the whole process.

So, from the March 4th when the first letter was sent, until the March 12 th, within 8 days. And we must not forget that it was the time on the eve of the April 25 election campaign, when a state institution elected by parliament, such as the Competition Authority, quickly approved AEPC’request.

The 3-page decision is ridiculous, totally absurd, and doesn’t protect the interests of the consumer, nor of AEPC, but only creates the whole space for a private company, which uses the energy produced by AEPC to use the latter to introduce millions of euros in her pockets.

This is the fourth document published by CNA.al on this issue. We will make public other documents, which continue with a subsequent correspondence that had AEPC with the Competition Authority, until the agreement that was signed on May 4./CNA.al

Thellohet afera KESH-NOA/ Si u përfshi Autoriteti i Konkurencës në skandal

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