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Corrupt incinerator scheme in Albania/ Concession company admits the scandal

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CNA.al has been able to dismantle, with exclusive and official documents, the complete scheme of the incinerator concession in Albania, starting with that of Elbasan in the amount of 22 million euros, of Fier with 28 million euros, and of Tirana with 128 million euros.

In a clear way, by investigating the documents, and providing exclusive materials, we have shown that they are the same people hiding behind 3 incinerators: Klodian Zoto, Mirel Mërtiri and the latter’s cohabitant Stela Gugallja. These are the main people who have made the 2 unsolicited offers for the incinerator of Elbasan and Fier, for which the Albanian government must pay at least 50 million euros.

While in Tirana, CNA.al was able to discover that the company, which is claimed to be Dutch, Integreted Energy BV, is in fact a company created by the same people, involved in the construction of incinerators in Fier and Elbasan. So, Klodian Zoto reappears on the stage again.

The main company of the concession pyramid for incinerators, Integreted Technology Services, ITS, clearly shows on its official website what have reported CNA.al and other media. So that behind the concession of incinerators in Albania, there is one person.

According to what this company declares on its official website, ITS has built the landfill and encapsulation of urban waste in Elbasan, it is the one that has built the landfill and is working in Vlora and Fier, as well as the one that has built the first and second phase in the landfill of Tirana.

So it is confirmed what the media have said, which has been reported by CNA.al and some other media, that behind the incinerators stands a person named Klodian Zoto, and in the structure of companies there is also Mirel Mërtiri.

Although it is claimed that it is a Dutch company, in fact it is the ITS of Klodian Zoto’s “Integrated Technology Services” that has entered into a subcontracting contract with the company “Integreted Energy BV SPV” on 07.12.2017.

The project includes the completion of civil works for the encapsulation of the existing landfill, as well as mechanical works for the construction of the waste selection line, as well as the urban waste treatment plant and their management.

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The value for the first phase of works is 5.204.913 euros, while for the second is 5.205.138 euros. ITS admits on its official website, that the Integrated Technology Services has entered into a subcontracting contract with the company “Albtek Energy” on 20.02.2015 with the object:carrying out civil works, excavation of various layers, reinforced concrete, embankment system, cleaning or maintenance of the dam and the shore near the river Shkumbin for the realization of the project in question, as well as for the management of the landfill, waste selection and urban waste treatment plant”.

While the value of the works is said to be 6.496.502 euros. ITS website states that this is a “project based on which the company Integreted Technology Services has entered into a subcontracting contract with Integrated Technology Waste Treatment on 21.11.2016.

In Fier, the value of the works is 6.523.086 euros. So from a concession worth 28 million euros, over 6 million have been given to Klodian Zoto’s Integrated Technology Services. We go further to the landfill of Vlora. The official website of ITS states that “the contract was signed with the Municipality of Vlora as the contracting authority on April 27, 2020”. And the value is 9.801.624 euro.

Another detail that stands out on the official website of ITS, is the fact that until the day the incinerator concessions are received, there is no work. So a company that arises from nothing, and directly takes over the construction of landfills.

Through exclusive documents, CNA.al has clearly shown the chain of companies, in Elbasan, Fier and Tirana, while they are now publicly accepted on the official website of ITS. But the millions of euros are much bigger for Klodian Zoto, Mirel Mërtiri and the network that have benefited from concessions of hundreds of millions of euros, which are paid from the taxes of Albanians and transferred to chain companies. So they are money, that they take from Albanians and put from one pocket to another./CNA.al

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There is no time for political experiments/ DP must reunite to overthrow Edi Rama from power

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Former coordinator, leader and founder of “Democratic Persuasion”, Astrit Patozi showed yesterday in a TV appearance on A2 CNN, his approach to the developments of recent weeks in the Democratic Party. Patozi was once the chairman of the parliamentary group and deputy chairman of the Democratic Party, as well as the editor-in-chief of her newspaper “Rilindja Demokratike”.

So a man with weight in politics, and so many people were curious about his stance. But for those hoping for a process of unification, opening and change of the DP, Patozi was the biggest disappointment.

This is due to the fact that from a rational politician, especially in 2017 when he asked for a race in the Democratic Party, or in his interviews after 2013, when he stressed that during the DP government big mistakes have also been made, but also over the race of Lulzim Basha with the late Sokol Olldashi, yesterday we saw another Astrit Patozi.

We are already seeing a chaotic Patozi in front of the gate, who wants to score a goal, but puts the ball in his own gate, because he doesn’t have the strength to go to the opponent’s gate. Beyond Sali Berisha’s “Rostrum”, in the process of unification and opening of the Democratic Party serves also the approach of critics of Lulzim Basha.

What has stood out is Jozefina Topalli, who has emphasized that she will join the DP Assembly on December 11th. According to her, this Assembly will be part of a unification process, and that her party was a right-wing movement to take the DP exactly where is today, in its opening, and in its return to competitions, values, and not in its use for personal, clientelistic and corrupt interests.

Patozi has emphasized the same things with his writings and analyzes. Today he is venting his anger and behaving like a non-unifying divider. Both of these career politicians in the DP, couldn’t get together more than 15.000 votes in the last election.

And they didn’t compete in a joint coalition. Running separately produced that result which was seen, and made it clear that all parties, including Basha’s Democratic Party, that anyone couldn’t win alone. Basha tried this in 2017. He removed half of the parliamentary group from the list.

He didn’t win. This year Patozi, Topalli, Murrizi and everyone else tried it. And all divided didn’t win. Even Sali Berisha cannot win alone even if he takes over the leadership of the Democratic Party. Politics has agreement as art, not loneliness and anger. But Patozi seems more angry with Sali Berisha than with Lulzim Basha.

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In fact, Patozi describes Berisha as the problem of the current situation in the DP. But today we are facing another situation. It is no longer the time to discuss, “why you, why me, etc”. Some public apologies have been made for the mistakes. So today is the time to say:What does anyone do? So, what will Astrit Patozi do for a union and opening of the Democratic Party to overthrow Edi Rama? Or where will go Jozefina Topalli?

What will be the contribution of others, including the return of Majlinda Bregu or dozens of others, who shouldn’t return to the DP as individuals who were ousted by an irresponsible chairman, but as a group with clear ideas and as a staff that creates a political offer, along with other personalities who are currently within the DP.

Or names who just have to compete. Let there be an open race within the DP, with guarantors, and let everyone get what they deserve. This is the last chance. Either the DP becomes a governing alternative or closes his historical cycle.

Divided, with anger and resentment, whether for the wrath of Berisha, Basha or the wrath of Patozi, there is no future and no solution. The road is headless. Alone everyone will lose. Patozi has tried it. Topalli and Basha as well. The solution is the deal.

The solution is to come up with a joint offer, the creation of factions, the reunification of the DP. This with a final goal not only the “shaking” of the government, but also the creation of an alternative for a short time in front of the government of Prime Minister Rama.

But that cannot happen if everyone continues to lose apart, not realizing that it is time to unite. And in case one party doesn’t understand, then the other should make every effort. They must go beyond personal interests and develop the opposition alternative.

Those who kill the alternative or the hope for change, can be nothing but a hindrance to the change process. The political time for experiments by the parties is over. Everyone must find their way to a union with sanctioned statutory forms that bring about the development of alternatives and hope for change. Following a dead end and with a head full of anger and rage brings only defeat./CNA.al

Astrit Patozi, si lëmsh para porte

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Theft, abuse, corruption?/ Water supply scandal, how is being tried to hide the truth

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Two media personalities Mira Kazhani and Bieta Sulo, have returned to the spotlight on social networks, after strong statements made by Prime Minister Edi Rama with the mayors, regarding the issue of water supply.

Rama was quite harsh, saying that there worked people who actually lived abroad, and yet they received monthly salaries. So a scandal that the Prime Minister beyond the fact that he publicly denounces, it should lead to the prosecution.

Furthermore, the structures of the State Police and the Ministry of Interior, should arrest in flagrance the directors of water supply or finances who make payments to persons who are abroad. And this is easily verifiable by the TIMS system.

Rama was also tough on the debts of the water supply companies, where 2 of the main ones in the country, financed by the German bank KFV during the rule of the Democratic Party, that of Korça and Pogradec, although they have a very good performance with payments, cannot pay the loans.

So we have troubled water supply. Debt-ridden, with billions of Lek thrown away, loans, inflated administrative structures, and money being paid to people who don’t work at all or to citizens even though they have more water, they pay less money, and a government that even though it does more much investment, provides less water for citizens.

And in front of these stand Bieta Sulo and Mira Kazhani as a debate on social networks.

The problem with journalists being part of the boards or as advisors to the leaders of such institutions doesn’t start with Bieta and doesn’t end with Mira either.

Journalists have often been on boards, all without exception. From the first to the last of those who stay in state offices or are even invited through television studios. Or them from analysts who have been advisor, board members, or even heads of institutions, and who today speak on behalf of media independence.



Being journalists on boards or as advisors in institutions, is not the biggest problem of the financial pit of water supply. The problem lies elsewhere. At the heart of water supply issues are mismanagement. Large loans, lack of water supply and non-payment by citizens, theft of water and lack of culture to pay for water, as an Albanian “disease” in certain areas.

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Thus, the water supply company in Berat has taken a 1 million dollars loan to buy meters that cost from 120-140 euros each, when in the market at that time they cost 15-20 dollars, and the highest quality one cost a maximum of 40 dollars. So they are bought 3-7 times more expensive than the market price.

And 1 million dollars was taken by ITS, the same company that is involved and accused of having links with the government, with Klodian Zoto, Mirel Mërtiri and the latter’s cohabitant Stela Gugalla, who are the people involved in the corrupt scheme of incinerators.

In Korça, everything started 8 years ago. ITS received at least 6 billion Lek for water supply meters for which the Supreme State Audit has said that the director should have been fired and led to criminal prosecution. But he continues to be in office to this day.

The money went to the “incinerators”, with the same price difference as in Berat. The same scandal occurred in the Lushnja water supply system. One of the most problematic, again takes millions of dollars in debt and loans for meters, the price of which is set at the discretion of the company itself.

An open tender would suffice, and we would be in a different situation, and the water utilities would save millions of euros. Meanwhile, just a few months ago, Tirana Water Supply gave Klodian Zoto another 1 billion Lek for smart meters.

Same as those of Berat, Korça, Pogradec, Lushnja, or in Fier, etc. The facts are hundreds. The will of an investigative institution, such as the prosecution or the SPAK, is enough to go and start investigations in Korça, Berat, Lushnje, Fier or even Tirana, and there are so many documents and facts inside that there would be no place in Albanian prisons for thefts that abused with the water supply systems of Albania./CNA.al

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Over 3 billion Lek end up in the river/ Revealed another scandal of Klodian Zoto

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The government’s incinerators and Public Private Partnerships for waste incineration are one of the strongest issues, on which the media and the opposition have raised dozens of accusations, calling it a purely corrupt affair. CNA.al has continuously reported with documents that urban waste concessions have suspiciously taken from the state budget tens of millions of euros from Albanian taxes.

Urban waste have become a golden business for Klodian Zoto of the “Integrated Technology Services” company. Registered in 2010 by Klodian Zoto, “Integrated Technology Services” is a controversial contracting company, which stands behind the concession contracts for the construction of the incinerator in Elbasan, Fier and Sharra in Tirana.

Without competition, Klodian Zoto, has benefited 178 million euros for the construction of 3 incinerators in Fier, Elbasan and Tirana. But the scandal doesn’t end here. The money was given, but the project didn’t work. One such case occurred with the waste processing plant in the Ishm estuary and specifically in the Godulla area.

In May 2016, the Ministry of Environment entered into a framework agreement with the merger of operators “Integrated Technology Services”, “Shijaku” and “Zenit Ambiente” for the construction of the Shkumbin river estuary treatment plant and the requalification of the coastline, worth 101.2 million Lek.

In a second tender held in March 2017, “Integrated Technology Services” was announces the winner for the construction of the Ishëm River estuary cleaning plant and the re qualification of the Gotulla coastline, worth 202.6 million Lek. ITS was the only operator with a financial offer in that tender.

The start of works was scheduled for April 6, 2017, and the date of completion of works was scheduled for December 4, 2017. The network of investigative journalists has revealed that the plant built by ITS in Godulla is out of function, and 202 million Lek have ended up in the river.



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According to an audit of the Supreme State Audit, the fund for this project has been artificially increased by 8.2 million Lek. “Due to the artificial increase of the limit fund in the amount of 8.256.000 Lek and the offer submitted by the company ITS sh.pk in the amount of 202.603.181 Lek, results in an economic damage and unfair benefit from the company in the amount of 3.153.288 Lekë with VAT”- says the Supreme State Audit.

It is not only the case of Shkumbin estuary, where the 202 million Lek ITS plant  has failed, so it is out of function. Here is another case. On May 17, 2017, was inaugurated at the Shkumbin River estuary a new floating debris collection and capture plant.

A year later, the barrier built by the company “Integrated Technology Services”, ITS Sh.pk was destroyed by the river Shkumbin. For the construction of this plant ITS of Klodian Zoto, has received 759.204 euros.

Villa Bashtova plant together with a second barrier at the mouth of the Ishëm River in the Gotulla reservoir near the Adriatic village, the dividing line between the municipalities of Durrës and Laç, were part of a pilot project of the Ministry of Environment that cost 324.9 million Lek or 2.62 million euros. So, there are at least two cases, where 2.62 million euros have ended up in the river or in the pockets of Klodian Zoto, while the processing plants have been destroyed./CNA.al

Mbi 3 miliardë lekë hidhen në lumë/ Zbulohet tjetër skandal i Klodian Zotos 

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