Wird der Wild-West Investoren um Wasser Kraftwerke beendet – Romania Suspends Hydropower Projects in Protected Areas

03 Feb 14
Romania Suspends Hydropower Projects in Protected Areas

The Romanian authorities said that from now on, they want investors in hydropower projects to comply with EU environmental standards.

Marian Chiriac

Bucharest

The planned construction in Romania of hundreds of small-scale hydropower stations across the Carpathian mountains has been put under tighter control, while the building of new plants in protected areas has been forbidden, officials said.

“We don’t want to block any project, but only to introduce tighter controls on investors, who have to comply with EU standards on the environment,” said Water and Forests Minister Lucia Varga.

“Only the construction of new hydropower projects in protected areas is now forbidden starting from February,” Varga added.

Starting from early 2012, officials approved the construction of around 730 hydropower units of up to 10 megawatts each, most sited on the ridge of Romania’s southern Carpathian mountains. Around half of them are in the final phases of construction.

But activists say they have a negative impact on the environment and will do little to help Romania meets its green energy needs.

The construction frenzy is backed by generous subsidies from the European Union and with poor oversight from the Romanian authorities, the environmentalists argue.

“We are supporting green energy, but some projects are affecting streams which have a real ecological value. We cannot destroy them for the sake of immediate profit,” said Magor Csibi, director of the World Wildlife Fund in Romania.

Small-scale hydropower projects generally do not involve the construction of a dam. Instead, part of the flow is diverted through a large pipe, up to 1.2 metres in diameter, to a downstream turbine that generates the electricity.

In normal conditions this should not have a major impact on the environment. But media reports have suggested that in many cases, the pipes have been installed in the bed of the river, instead of parallel to the stream or above it, which may affect the direction of the water and disrupt aquatic life.

Romania has pledged to increase the proportion of electricity it generates from renewable resources to 35 per cent by 2015, and to 38 per cent by 2020.

The country has also to replace 5,000 megawatts of conventional energy, and new generation capacities need to be created.

Investors are attracted by small hydropower developments because such plants can respond to fluctuations in electricity demand, unlike wind farms cannot. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en

Vodafon und das Albanische Mobil Funk Netz

Mit dem Kosovo Krieg, wurde der komplette Balkan korrumpiert, Allen voran durch die Deutschen u.a. in Albanien, Bundesdruckerei Geschaeft mit Ludgar Vollmer, Auftreten von Hilfs Organisationen und Lobby Vereinen, finanziert mit Steuern als rein kriminelle Enterprise u.a. mit Berlinwasser Geschaefte, direkt durch Heidmarie Wieczoreck / Zeul und anderen Kriminellen der damaligen Deutschen Regierung.

Vodafon machte da natuerlich mit. Man erkaufte sich durch Bestechung diese erste Lizenz, hatte Regierungs Partner, welche den technischen Betrug der Abrechnung als Beteiligung erhielten. ein Takt war so un so viel Sekunden, aber in Wirklichkeit viel kuerzer und die Differenz erhielt die Mafia.
Inzwischen hat die Tirana Mafia eigene Mobil Funk Netze und will mehr Geld verdienen. Also macht man Aerger.

Bekanntlich waren hier die UN, NATO die Lehrmeister des Betruges u.a. direkt mit dem ersten UNMIK Verwalter Kouchner, einem kriminelle Contruct, das das erste Mobil Funk Netz mit Alcatel genehmigte, Abrechnung ueber Monaco, weil dort die Beute verteilt wurde. Danach wurde es mit den Deutschen UNMIK Leitern noch korrupter im Kosovo.

 

03 Feb 14
Vodafone Spared Fine in Albania Anti-Trust Probe

A probe by Albania’s Competition Authority, CAA, has come short of finding that Vodafone abused its dominant position in the local mobile communications market.

Besar Likmeta
BIRN

Tirana

“From the analysis of the behavior of the company it results that the strategy followed by this operator creates disturbances for competition in the market and negative effects for the competition on a long-term toward smaller companies,” CAA said in its ruling.

“The differentiation of prices for calls outside its network can be sued as a blocking mechanism from big operators toward smaller ones that risk going out of business,” it added.

However, the competition authority underlined that that Vodafone had ‘not abused its dominant position in the market,’ sparing the company of a fine equal to 10 per cent of its annual turnover.

Vodafone Albania was accused by two other mobile operators Plus and AMC, of hampering competition in the market by using its Vodafone Club plan to ensure customers remained as much as possible within its own network.

Apart from Vodafone, three other mobile phone companies operate in the Albanian telecommunications market: Albania Mobile Communications, AMC, Eagle Mobile and Plus Communications.

According to the Competition, in 2012, Vodafone’s market share was 52 per cent, and it had a turnover of 23 billion lek (163.8 million euro) with net profits of 5 billion lek (35.6 million euro) and a profit margin of 23 per cent.

AMC’s market share meanwhile dropped from 42 per cent in 2009 to 32 per cent in 2012.

Revenues for Vodafone and AMC between 2008 and 2012 were 192 billion lek (1.37 billion euro), almost half of Albania’s annual budget, and the two companies registered net profits of 73 billion lek (520 million euro) during that period, with a profit margin ranging from 21 to 60 per cent. http://www.balkaninsight.com