Kosovo Approves €700 Million Highway Deal
Pristina | 29 March 2010 | Petrit Collaku
Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said that the highway would help create jobs and give Kosovo access to the sea.
“This project will cost around €700 million, guaranteed by Kosovo’s budget from potential donors, and, in case it is needed, it will built with favorable soft loans,” Thaci told journalists.
According to Transport Minister Fatmir Limaj, the width of the highway will be 28 metres, with two lanes on each side. The highway will have protective barriers and walls to mitigate noise pollution.
The government’s contract with Bechtel-Enka will mean the highway is built in phases, starting with the section that runs from Vermice, on the border with Albania, to Qafa e Duhles, Suhareka municipality, in southwest Kosovo.
The Kosovo Ministry of Transport has approved a €700 million deal with Bechtel-Enka, a US and Turkish consortium, to construct Kosovo’s first highway…………….
Albania’s Basha officially charged with abuse of power
TIRANA, Albania — The General Prosecutor’s Office published the charges Wednesday (December 10th) against Foreign Minister Lulzim Basha, following an investigation into suspected corruption in a 2006 deal to build a section of the Durres-Kukes Highway. Basha is charged with abusing his power in the tender selection process and in contract negotiations with the winning company. Prosecutors say US-Turkish company Bechtel-Enka was illegally selected to build the most expensive part of the highway, which resulted in a 114m-euro loss to the state. Basha, who was transport minister at the time, insists he is innocent says the charges are politically motivated.
Albania-Kosovo Highway ‘to Cost Much More’
21 August 2008 Tirana _ The Albanian Government admits the highway linking the country’s coast with Kosovo will cost €630 million, more than €200 million than the original contract of €418 million.
The admission comes in a letter by Albania’s government to the International Monetary Fund.
The highway, which links the port of Durres with Kosovo, is the country’s biggest public works project in decades, however its has been dogged by allegations of irregularities and corruption.
Prosecutor-General Ina Rama is probing alleged irregularities in the tender for the construction of the highway won by the American-Turkish consortium, Bechtel-Enka.
Former Prosecutor-General Theodhori Sollaku began an investigation last year into alleged irregularities surrounding the awarding of the tender.
The investigation led to a request by Sollaku that parliament lift the immunity of Foreign Minister Lulzim Basha, who was at the time of the tender, the Minister of Transport.
Basha’s immunity was lifted by parliament at the end of December.
A few weeks earlier, President Bamir Topi had dismissed Sollaku, following a call for his sacking by a parliamentary commission, and nominated Rama, a former Serious Crimes Court Judge, as his replacement.
Local media have reported that several other officials from the roads department of the Transport Ministry are being investigated along with Basha.
Sources inside the prosecutor’s office have told Balkan Insight that though the case against officials who were directly involved in the road tender is clear cut, establishing the minister’s legal responsibility is more complex.
Although Basha has sought to characterise the investigation as a politically-motivated attack by Sollaku, since Rama took over, she has continued to push ahead with the probe.
in Romani the same corruption desaster