Investigim.al bleach the concession contract for parking on 25 roads of Vlora city. Contract was kept hidden for months by the Municipality of Vlora, leaving managing information of 23 thousand vehicles of this city. Left and right side councils of the municipality deny to have voted the contract while throw forging charges. If canceled the concession ,the municipality of Vlora should pay to the winning company a penalty of 2.2 million euros.
By Endrit Habilaj dhe Mariglen Mërtiri
Six months after giving the concession of the parking service from the municipality of Vlora for 25 street, Justice Journalists Association provides exclusive contract signed between the Municipality and the only company in the competition. In that is setting forth the conditions of contract, breach, benefits, penalties and obligations of the winning company. This concessionary company created a temporary union of two companies registered in Delaëere of USA and Rosh Pina of Israel and specifically “Tis Holdin LLC” and “On Track Innovations LTD”. The signed contract is dated 6 February 2015 and the protocol number is 496. Its signature came after the approval of the municipal council on 11 December 2014 after signing with the legality of this decision by the Prefect of Vlora, Etjona Hoxha.
The contract provides that the concession company to manage for 15 years (180 months) 25 roads in Vlora where every citizen who has a car must pay 50 lek per hour parking. Vlora municipality itself will benefit for the first two years 10 million per year, while in the third year of the concession that amount of 10 million will be added to the 2% of the annual turnover of the company for each following year. Concession Commission of the Municipality of Vlora has made planning for the use of parking lots for the 10-year period, but in finalizing this contract has exceeded the expectations being signed for 15 years.
For violating the terms of concession speaks the State Supreme Audit after audit done in March 2015, which resulted in the leasing contract provides also free on Saturday in Vlora parking for only 13 roads, but this was not forecast by the commission, although the contract has set the timetables and routes. But just at this point, according to the State Supreme Audit is caused damage to municipal budget of 218 million lek (new) for the 10-year concession because these money are appropriated by the company only by The non-Saturday from municipality commission for concession.
The contract is favorable for the company given the terms of reference because it is written for the commitment of the Municipal Police in the implementation of the project if there is problem on the ground. This concession and this contract have left behind quite a shadow. But with a dubious procedure and not clear it has passed the concession contract in Vlora Municipal Council.
Investigim.al has secured record keeping handwritten municipal council meeting where they voted for this concession. One of the advisers to the left, Armand Lagji, told investigim.al, it is not true that this concession was approved unanimously. He says himself has not voted in favor and opposed this concession at the expense of the city and citizens. “The truth is that there was a real vote, there were three meetings of the council and discussed three times this in principle. There are voted several clauses but not the passage of private parking. There was not a genuine vote that private parking to pass in Vlora. I did not vote .I missed one of the sessions. There were left and the right members who were against, “said Armand Llagji, member of the Municipal Council under the banner of” G-99 “.
Another councilor from the opposition, Petrit Golemaj contests this process after declaring that a vote is required in principle to discuss in detail in a second moment for the 10-year concession. “We have not received any records and that was just passed in principle. Later we learned that was a decision I as a councilor do not have this decision that he has made, 24 street that awarded the concession and who is the winner. I have heard that KLSH has taken such measures as reported. It is filmed that as discussed in principle, and it appears that this has been given the concession winners while winning is unknown. We do not have a record of the winners, so I’m sorry for all and for perfect that passed it, because Perfect was the only legal person that should have prevented it, “said Petrit Golemaj, member of the Municipal Council under the DP banner.
What we need to legitimize this process was prefect of Vlore, Etjona Hoxha. Although she has publicly opposed the signing of the legality of the concession, the Association of Journalists for Justice possesses the document imprint the firm of perfect seals the approval for the concession of Vlora parking. Therefore, KLSH has recommended to the Prime Minister the disciplinary measure remark to perfect and removal from office and dismissal from the civil service for the Secretary General of the prefecture .State Supreme Audit has requested cancellation of the concession and has seen fit to recommend that this service can provide the municipality itself or subordinate institutions. But the deputy mayor of Vlora, Ardian Musta states that the institution itself can not perform such a service because of lack opportunities and financial conditions, and according to him this concession was foreseen in 2005.
But in the whole this enterprise concessionary those are totally avoid are the citizens. Asking they avoid to be consulted with local structures with them for any opinion. Of the 25 roads to be awarded the concession for the parking service has even some of them which do not meet the minimal conditions for being roads and not even to be used for parking. Investigim.al has contacted the former mayor Gjika for this concession, but he refused to comment on the concession proposed by him. As the newly elected mayor, Dritan Leli, has refused to give an answer to this issue. Even the list of rejections answers were the deputies of the area Koco Kokëdhima and Arben Ristani.
One of the civil society activists that protested against this concession was Sazan Guri. To have a coordination between the Municipality and the Prefecture to the detriment of citizens in this venture wins the concessionaire and a mayor but not citizens of Vlora. “There are many things discussed in the municipal council while the problems affecting citizens strongly these should be discussed with interest groups and citizens for the concession granted to vehicles is an issue that affects citizens of Vlora. In this regard, I think that was violated the right of information and involvement of citizens in decision-making which can be called wrong. Are there violations in granting this concession? I think that there are violations in the issuance of this concession .Not everything performs with the concession. When dealing with concession tender thst is not necessary only benefits a company and losing citizens, “stated Sazan Guri.
Favorable contracts with 36 articles has provided the termination of the contract by the government or the municipality but penalizing serious conditions .In the Article 21of the contract is provided the termination due to the public interest by the municipality, but it is specified that the concessionaire should be compensated for investments made or subcontractors .While in the Article 29 of the contract is provided the compensation that the municipality should make to the concessionaire for the remaining period of the concession referred to the income of the business plan, plus 10% penalty of this amount. In a rough figure whether the Company will be canceled the concession contracts, which according to public statements is likely to occur, the company will have to pay the Vlora municipal budget around 2.2 million compensation. All this amount will be paid by taxpayers of Vlora. In case of a dispute to terminate the contract, the company addresses the arbitration court of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris.
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