Hundreds of companies exploiting mines cause damages to the Albanian state

Hundreds of companies exploiting mines cause damages to the Albanian state

Tirana, November 27, 2013

A financial inspection carried out by the Albanian state has discovered that hundreds of companies that exploit underground mines have not paid their fiscal charges amounting to 1.5 million Euros.

The figures were discovered following the inspection carried out by the National Agency of Natural Sources about the payment of warranties of rehabilitation by subjects that have mineral licenses, upon the order of the Minister of Energy and Industry, Damian Gjiknuri.

“Financial warranties for the rehabilitation of environment” is the monetary value which is deposited every year by a licensed subject in the form of a bank warranty to the state, which is used for the realization of the plan of the final rehabilitation of environment.

Following this process of inspection, it was revealed that for 2011, there are 393 subjects which have not paid the rehabilitation warranty, causing a damage amounting to 900 thousand Euros to the budget.

For 2012, there are 276 subjects which have not paid this legal fee of depositing the rehabilitation warranty causing another damage of 600 thousand Euros to the budget.

In total, there are 669 subjects which have not fulfilled this legal obligation, causing the state a damage of 1.5 million Euros, reports balkaneu.com, citing official sources secured at the Ministry of Energy and Industry.

This ministry has ordered for these subjects to be informed in order to carry out these payments within 10 days.

“Otherwise, based on the act “For the mineral sector in the Republic of Albania”, the decision for the approval of mineral permits for this subjects is automatically revoked by the NationalLicensingCenter”, said Mr. Gjiknuri.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Energy and Industry is carrying out an inspection in the chrome region of Bulqiza. The results of this inspection will be announced to the public in a few days time. /ibna/