Albanian Parliament sets up commission of inquiry on waste incinerators – Exit
The Socialist majority agreed to support the opposition’s demand to create a commission of inquiry into the waste incinerator concession contracts.
On Thursday, the request received 117 votes out of the 140 seats in parliament.
The committee will study the contracts of at least three waste incinerators, their implementation and their effects on the Albanian economy.
Exit explains: Albania’s three waste incinerators
The Albanian government has paid 72 million euros to three concessionaires since 2015 for the construction and operation of three incinerators, two of which have yet to be built, while the other is operating at half capacity.
The plan was for the incinerators to burn the waste to produce energy, thus creating a source of income while addressing the problem of waste disposal in the country.
All three incinerators were given to the same group of people, creating practically a monopoly.
Albanian incinerators were created from no demand, no requirement and no official proposal, only as a result of a request from a newly created company, with no capital and no experience.
The questionable procedure was further exacerbated by the terms of the contracts, which seemed to favor the companies, to the detriment of the state.
- The government had to start paying the concessionaire before construction was completed;
- The government must compensate dealers at all times when they have no waste to burn.
Due to these conditions, concessionaires delayed construction while regularly receiving government payments.
Albanian opposition paves the way for political battles amid internal strife
Last month, the Albanian opposition called for the creation of three commissions of inquiry. He has so far succeeded in setting up a committee to investigate the April 25 elections and waste incinerators, but the majority refuse to support the establishment of the third committee on the government’s loss of its arbitration case against businessman Francesco Becchetti.
Majority MPs have so far left all meetings since the creation of the April Elections Committee.
Commissions of inquiry are a tool for parliament to recommend to the prosecution that the latter investigate further the evidence and findings of the commission.