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Incinerator's concessions/ Scandal deepens, revealed the violations

24 Shtator 2021, 18:31, English CNA

The incinerator concessions in Albania, are one of the most accused, not only by the media, but also by politics. Regarding incinerator concessions, there are also some lawsuits in SPAK, made by the Knitting Initiative, but which apparently have fallen ?in deaf ears?.

It is about an affair with a total value of almost 500 million euros, which includes names like Mirel Mërtiri, his cohabitant Stela Gugalla, and Klodian Zoto. The latter entered after into partnerships with other businesses with media owners or executives, including Vjollca Hoxha, Ben Blushi, etc.

In the spring of 2020, CNA.al has published the official and exclusive documentation, an entire investigative file on the incinerator concessions in Albania, with the chain company, up to the media partnerships. The corruption affair started with the Elbasan incinerator, with 22 million euros received from the taxes of Albanians by a company with a capital of only 1.000 dollars. Then continued with Fier?incinerator, worth 28 million euros, which after almost 5 years, has no activity yet.

And they increased ?appetite? with Tirana, for another 128 million euros, where there is still no incinerator, but only the management of the Tirana landfill by a network of companies managed by Klodian Zoto. Not to mention the garbage of the Municipality of Durrës, which will be deposited in the Sharra landfill.

But regarding these concessions, continue to come to light other scandals and abuses. Finally, according to an annual report of the Directorate of Public Financial Inspection, two of the incinerators, that of Fier and Elbasan, result in violations, including state institutions.

The latter have made payments outside the program, VAT advances or other violations.

The report stated that regarding Elbasan incinerator, we are dealing with a draft contract that hasn?t received any form of legal activity, so it has not been returned to the final contract. It has also been noted that lacks ?Annex X?, which defines the ?total investment cost?, as part of the contract.

Also, the value of the contract signed by the contracting authority is 61.100 euros higher than the value with which the winning bid was announced. The same report estimates that the contracting authority, the Ministry of Environment, has paid in advances 2 installments, which are not drafted by the contract dated 16.12.2014, it is determined that the installments would be paid starting from the 7th month of the beginning of the works.

Meanwhile, regarding the concession of the incinerator of Fier, the report estimates that the Ministry of Environment of that time, which was also the contracting authority, has not calculated the costs of expropriation of private property.

Also, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, in its capacity of contracting authority, doesn?t document that through its responsible structures to have performed, followed and monitored the fulfillment of the obligations of the concessionaire company, in accordance with the legal framework in force. On the other hand, the concession company itself hasn?t implemented the requirement it seeks to make with the law on sales taxes, it affects on the infrastructure or VAT./CNA.al

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