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Systematische Feuer um alte Antike Häuser in Bulgarien abzubrennen

11 Sep 17

Mystery Fires Rob Bulgaria’s Capital of its Heritage

Landmark buildings in Sofia seem doomed to disappear one by one from the city as a result of neglect – and curiously frequent fires.

Mariya Cheresheva


The abandoned thermal baths in Ovcha Kupel. Photo: By Elena Chochkova (Own work)/CC BY-SA 3.0

In Sofia, they call them the “abandoned beauties” – the old landmark buildings in the Bulgarian capital that have shared the same unfortunate fate of decay and ruin.

Left to rot by their private or public owners for decades, they face another risk – frequent fires.

The last building to suffer this fate was the spectacular-looking abandoned public baths in the Ovcha Kupel neighbourhood of Sofia.

Despite being designated a cultural heritage site, it was set on fire on Wednesday.

Fire fighters arrived and extinguished the blaze quickly and so prevented more significant damage.

But some citizens suspect that this fire – and many others – was not an accident.

“There are no accidental fires,” Gergin Borissov from the urban watchdog group Save Sofia, told BIRN.

The “Vishneva“ tram stop on fire. Photo: Save Sofia

He listed a number of historic buildings, some of which have become caught up in disputes over ownership, or over redevelopment plans, that “accidentally” caught fire recently.

“This is a method of work. It is a mystery how buildings which are left to fall apart often catch fire,” he noted.

According to Girginov, this steady destruction of Sofia’s history and cultural heritage could be prevented if the municipal authorities enforced cultural heritage laws more effectively.

“They have the legal tools to expropriate mismanaged monuments of culture. But the measures have not been used – not even once,” he added.

It unclear whether these old buildings would fare much better even if they became the property of the state. The bathhouse in Ovcha Kupel suggests not.

A property of the Ministry of Health, it has been closed for nearly two decades now, despite the medicinal qualities of its thermal springs, which had been used since the 1930s.

The ministry, which has admitted it does not have the means to maintain the property, has launched a procedure to transfer ownership over the site to the Sofia Municipality.

But the procedure is still ongoing. In the meantime, the building was left derelict and vulnerable to accidents such as the recent fire.

BIRN asked the Sofia Municipality about the current status of the public baths, about its plans to conserve and use the building, as well as about any specific measures that the authorities had taken to prevent accidents.

No answer was received by the time of publication.

It was also just the latest site to catch fire in Sofia, leaving many citizens outraged about the poor management of the city’s ancient assets.

In July, the much-loved hut at Sofia’s favourite tram stop – “Vishneva”, or “Sour Cherry’s”, in the Lozenets neighborhood, was set on fire and its roof was almost destroyed.

The tram stop is an important part of the city landscape precisely because of the hut, which had been used to store the construction tools of the workers maintaining the rails and to store luggage for passengers.

Shortly after the fire, Mayor Yordanka Fandakova promised that the municipal authorities would restore the building as soon as possible.

The so-called “Double House” on Vassil Levski boulevard in central Sofia, however, was less fortunate.

The landmark “Double House“ before it was demolished. Photo: Extinguishing Sofia

It was abandoned for decades and its owners changed multiple times. But while its status as a cultural monument has protected it from demolition, it has been set on fire a number of times.

In 2016, the Ministry of Culture took the controversial decision to remove its protected status.

That ruling allowed its owner, the businessman Kiril Kirov, to demolish it in May, despite popular protests.

Krasimir Georgiev, owner of the former Vazrazhdane cinema – an architectural monument in central Sofia – had similar plans for his property.

In March 2016, he announced a plan to pull down the building, which housed a disco over the past decade, and build a new one, keeping the style and some of the ornaments of the former cinema.

The project was blocked after the state authorities determined that it violated the Cultural Heritage Act.

In March, however, the building was set on fire.

The police said they suspected that homeless people who had moved into the abandoned building had caused the accident.

financed by EU Mafia: Peljesac bridge politically divides two countries

Peljesac bridge politically divides two countries
The bridge on the Croatian territory, which will connect the Peljesac peninsula and Dubrovnik with the rest of Croatia without borders, caused a large discontent among Bosniak politicians in BiH.The problem is that Croatian territory is broken on the coast line where the BiH city of Neum is located. These 25 kilometers of coast is the reason that politicians in BiH, absolutely legally, declared this mostly continental state as “mediterranean”. The bridge, as they declared, will break the exit of BiH to the open sea, which is the state’s right according to all conventions and international maritime laws. In fact, Bosniak politicians claimed that the bridge must be high enough that the big ships will be able to approach Neum, since the plan is to build a harbour. On the other side, Croatians say that Neum aquatorium is not suitable for harbour since it, in fact, is the end of shallow a bay. After Croatian PM, Andrej Plenkovic, a few days ago, stated that the construction of the bridge will start soon despite the voices from BiH, Bosniak member in the BiH Presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, stated that it would be incorrect to assume that Bosnia was against the construction of the Peljesac Bridge, but the state just wants to “be a good neighbour to Croatia, while expecting the same from that country”.

“We should not create problems to each other or violate each other’s rights”, Izetbegović said.

He added that Croatia has the right to connect the territory and BiH has the right to have access to international waters. Izetbegovic expressed the hope that Croatia will move in that direction. What he didn’t say is the manner to which the problem will be solved, given that he and other Bosniak politicians in BiH several times in the past have stated that they will “stop the construction of the bridge as it was planned and demand a higher bridge on that part”.

At the same time, BiH Minister of civil affairs, Adil Osmanovic, Bosniak by nationality, sent a letter of protest to EU and Croatian officials saying that there are many legal obstacles for the construction of the bridge. Another minister in BiH Council of Ministers, Minister of Justice, Josip Grubesa, a Croat, sent a letter at same addresses saying that there are no legal obstacles for the construction of the bridge. BiH Presidency Chairman, Dragan Covic, a Croat, said that Osmanovic’s letter doesn’t reflect the official position of the BiH and that such conversation within BiH and with fiend countries, as Croatia, harms everybody and must be stopped.

“We must protect BiH’s interests by defining common interests first, and then communicating about them to the neighbors and international institutions”, Covic said.

BiH Council of Ministers Chairman, Denis Zvizdic, said that the negotiations about border demarcation with Croatia have been reduced to the issue of Peljesac bridge construction.

“We are talking about a comprehensive demarcation between BiH and Croatia, with focus on demarcation at sea that is in the interest of BiH, which means respect of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea”, Zvizdic said.

Serb politicians in BiH are not taking part in this dispute since it is far away from their interests. Republic of Srpska Government have the interest on the other side of the country, also linked with bridge construction but, in this case, they are trying to push Croatia to start the works. The RS problem is that this BiH entity has constructed a highway from Banja Luka to the city of Gradiska, on the BiH-Croatian border. But, this highway ends in the field near the River Sava. It is necessary to negotiate the construction of a bridge over Sava river with Croatian Government in order to link this highway with the near Zagreb – Belgrade highway.

But although construction of this bridge is uncertain, construction of the Peljesac bridge is close to begin./IBNA

Die EU Mafia stiehlt erneut Gelder, für die angebliche Förderung der Fischerei in Albanien

Gesetze, oder Institutionen hatten nie ein Funktion in Albanien, dafür wurden vor über 15 Jahren schon Studien gezahlt, das Dynamit fischen einen schädlichen Einfluss haben, und real hatten nur lokale private Leute, wenige tüchtige Polizei Beamten illegale Aktivitäten auch in der Schonzeit kurzfristig stoppen können.
Real sieht die Albanische Fischerei so aus, das auch in 2017, Wild West Neanderthaler aus den Bergen, auf jede Luft Blase von Tauchern und Schnorchlern eine Wasser Bombe werfen (2017 bei Cap Carburun) auf die Gäste einer Tauchschule bei Sarande, weil Kriminelle Deutschen auch noch den Banditen und Verbrechern dauernd Wasser- und Strom Leitungen finanzieren.

Profi Betrug im System im Camorra Stile der EU. Mit kriminellen des jeweiligen Umwelt, Fischerei und Forst Ministerien, stahl man immer alle Gelder mit den EU Kriminellen. Noch nie ist 1 €, untern angekommen, oder eine sinnvolle Aktion mit echten Fischern koordiniert worden.

Die anderen Mafiösen Gruppen der Welt staunen nur noch, wie die EU Gelder in kriminelle Kanäle umleitet

Skandal der Fischerei Gesetze: 1995, 2002, 2005, 2007 Albania: Fishery Directorate – DREJTORIA E POLITIKAVE TE PESHKIMIT

EU stimulates Albanian fishing sector through millions of euros worth of grants
EU funds the fishing sector in Albania

EU funds the fishing sector in Albania

Sogar einen niedrigen Orden erhielt Doris Pack, obwohl ihre 20 jährige EU Tätigkeit Null Erfolg war, ein Desaster bei den Albanern. Abseits in Skhoder, weil die gute Frau, die Nase voll hat von den Albanern.

Bujar Nishani – Doris Pack Orden


Legislation: record details

Country: Albania
Title of text: Regulation No. 2 on fishing and aquaculture licensing.
Date of text: 17 May 2007
Type of document: Regulation
Link to full text: alb83398.pdf
Language of document: Albanian
Abstract: This Regulation lays down rules and procedures governing the issue of fishing licences as well as related deadlines. It consists of the following four Chapters: (1) General Provisions; (2) Documents that must accompany applications; (3) Licensing procedure; and (4) Final provisions. The Regulation also lays down the following application forms: request for professional fishing licence and licence renewal; request for aquaculture licence; request for aquaculture licence renewal; request for recreational fishing licence and its renewal.
Subject(s): Fisheries
Keyword(s): marine fisheries; inland fisheries; aquaculture; fishing licence; legal proceedings/administrative proceedings
Legislation ID number: LEX-FAOC083398


Implements: Law No. 7908 on Fishery and Aquaculture 1995. – 05 April 1995
Amended by: Regulation No. 3 amending and supplementing Regulation No. 2 on fishing and aquaculture licensing. – 20 June 2008


The old regulation from 2005!

Regulation No 1 date 29.03.2005
For application of the legislation on fishery and aquaculture

Based on article 102, point 4 of Albanian Constitution, of the law No 7908, date 5.4.1995 “For fishing and aquaculture”, changed by the Law Nr. 7780, date 21.3.2002, “For some supplements and changes in the law No 7908, date 5.4.1995 “For fishing and aquaculture”” by the proposal of Fishery Directorate, Minister of Agriculture and food
issues this regulation.



Prohibitions is sport fishing

  1. in sport fishing:
    a. it is not allowed to use more than five hooks (fishing poles) for a
    fisherman in the sea water and three hooks (fishing poles) in other waters
    different from marine waters;
    b. it is not allowed to use a form of fishing with light sources, except of a hand light or lamp for underwater fishing;
  2. ………………..





(Nr. 3, Date 20.6.2008) PER



Ne mbeshtetje te nenit 102, pika 4, te Kushtetutes dhe te germave “ë” dhe “i” te nenit 32 te

Ligjit nr. 7908 date 5.4.1995 “Për Peshkimin dhe Akuakulturën”, i ndryshuar, Ministri i

Mjedisit, Pyjeve dhe Administrimit te Ujerave miraton Rregulloren si me po

……………………………………………………Neni 9/2

Kushtet dhe kriteret ne peshkimin sportiv

  1. Ne peshkimin sportiv zbatohen kriteret dhe kushtet e meposhteme: a. ndalohet perdorimi i me shume se pese grepave (kallamave) per nje peshkatar ne ujerat detare dhe tre grepave (kallamave) ne ujerat e tjera te ndryshme nga ujrat detare ;
  2. ndalohet perdorimi i formes se peshkimit me burime drite, me perjashtim te nje drite ose llampe dore per peshkimin nenujor;
  3. ndalohet perdorimi fushnjerit per peshkim ne te gjitha kategorite ujore;
  4. ndalohet mbajtja ne mjetet lundruese te çdo lloj paisje e rrjete peshkimi, qeperdoren ne peshkimin profesional ose i rrjetave terheqese, me rrethim,

dragave, rrjetave grumbulluese dhe njicave, palangareve per peshkimin e peshqeve shume migrues; e. ndalohet te peshkohen moluske, krustace si edhe lloje te tjera qe ndalohen

nga aktet nenligjore te nxjerra nga ministria;

  1. ndalohet te perdoren per peshkim si dhe te mbahen ne bordin e mjetit lundrues, te substancave toksike, narkotike, ose gerryese, te substancave qe ne rast se bashkohen me njera tjetren mund te shkaktojne shperthime si dhe te paisjeve qe krijojne shkarkime elektrike ose eksplozive;
  2. ndalohet te perdoren per peshkim dhe te mbahen ne bordin e mjetit lundrues çekiçe pneumatike ose paisje te tjera me goditje per grumbullimin e specieve ne shkembinj;
  3. ndalohet te perdoren per peshkim dhe te mbahen ne bordin e mjetit lundrues paisje per peshkimin e koraleve;
  4. ndalohet tregtimi i organizmave ujore te zene gjate peshkimit sportiv;
  5. sasia qe peshkohet ne dite nga nje person te mos jete me e madhe se 3 (tre)

kg peshk, pervec rastit kur pesha e nje ekzemplari te vetem e kalon kete kufi;

  1. Ne peshkimin sportiv zbatohen te gjithe ndalimet e parashikuara per peshkimin profesional ne lidhje me zonat, sezonet e peshkimit, dimensionet e lejuara dhe kufizimet e grepave.
  2. Ne peshkimin sportiv lejohet vetem perdorimi i grepave, pushkeve nenujore si dhe perdorimi i maskes dhe i tubit te frymemarrjes.

Neni 11

Kjo Rregullore hyn ne fuqi menjehere.



Hoch gefährlich ist, wenn Hirnlose nicht lernfähige Albaner Fischer und Lokal Besitzer sind im Tourismus, alle Hygiene Standards ignorieren und sogar giftigen Fisch in Lokalen anbieten.

Herz Lähmung ist die Folge, was einige Todesfälle pro Jahr erklären. Fisch der in den Speise Karten angeboten wird, enden im Betrugs Fall wie mit dem Korani Fisch in Pogradec. Oft ist reine Blödheit die Ursache und Todesfälle bei Hochzeits Feiern, durch Lebensmittel Vergiftung im Sommer ist norma.


Peshku që të paralizon po shërbehet në bregdetin shqiptar (Foto)

die Edi Rama Mafia in Tradition: Landraub der Süd Albanischen Küste um Himari

Die TAZ, über das Verbrecher Imperium des Landraubes, der Justiz Sabotage und der Geldwäsche mit Pellum Petritaj, Samir Mane und Kollegen
Identisch in Nord Albanien, mit Sait Fishta, wo der Langzeit Kriminelle Edi Rama, seine erste Konferenz hielt in beschlagnahmten illegalen Appartment Blocks, wo erneut Kuesten Waelder abgeholzt wurden. Altes Edi Rama System: Erste informelle Kabinetts Sitzung in Velipolje, in den illegalen Appartments Blocks der „Sait Fishta“ Mafia

Grundlage des Deutschen TAZ Artikels, ist der Super Skandal, wo 334 Hektar Küsten Land gestohlen wurden, in den Archiven dann ausgetaucht wurden, verkauft wurden.

Fidel Ylli, Vlore Gangster der PS, AbgeordneterSchlüssel Figur: . welcher die meisten kriminellen Verkäufe unterschrieb
Pullumb Petritaj,, der Ex-Chef der Repubilikanischen Partei des Sabri Godo, Fatmir Mediu, einer reinen Verbrecher Partei, eng verbunden mit dem US Botschafter Josef Limprecht.

Edi Rama’s, Wahlkampf Leiter: alt SP Mafia Familie: des Sadri Abazi, darf illegal in Tirana bauen

EU Partner im Betrug:

Samir Mane: BALFIN Group mit immensen Kredit Verbindlichkeiten

Ramadan Troci, dessen Familie auch bekannt ist, als Notar gefälschte Dokumente rund um Grundstücke und Testamente zu erstellen. 2016, verweigerte der Präsident Bujar Nishani die Entlassung des Ramadan Troci. Er gehört direkt zu Gross Verbrecher Kartellen von Arenc Çela, undi Maksim Çelës, Lushnje Bande von Aldo Bare.

Ramadan Troci
Ramadan Troci, hoher Staatsanwalt,dessen Entlassung der Mafia Präsident Bujar Nishani verweigerte.

Krenar Troci (Durres) (als Fälscher von Testamenten, Grundstücks Urkunden bekannt. , erhielt seine Notar Lizenz ca. 2014 von Bujar Nishani zurück, Ilir Troci ist heute Direktor der Bau Polizei n Vlore. Die normale Familien Mafia, welche den Staat übernahm, wo der GEneralstaatsanwalt, schon die Entalssung von Ramadan Troci beantragte.

Der hohe Staatsanwalt Ramadan Troci, wird direkt von dem entlassenen Justizpolizei Beamter: Arben Jorgaqi, beschuldigt, der eine leere Vermögenserklärung beim Präsidenten Bujar Nishani abgab, was allein schon ein Skandal ist. Der in der TAZ beschriebene Skandal war in 2007

Arben Jorgaqi

SPECIAL REPORT/ “Himara”, Greek Foreign Ministry: It seems that for Tirana, the violation of the rights of minorities is more important than EU integration

SPECIAL REPORT/ “Himara”, Greek Foreign Ministry: It seems that for Tirana, the violation of the rights of minorities is more important than EU integration

The Greek Foreign Ministry slams Albanian authorities: You must work for EU integration and not violate the rights of the Greek minority. The head of UHRP denounces police siege. President of the Association for the Protection of Traders and Market of Albania says that properties are being occupied. IBNA discovers details on the report of the High State Audit, the urban plan is being applied without a decision by the municipality. The Municipality Council convenes , not in Himara, but in Kuç, 140 km away (!) Residents react, this is what’s happening with our properties

Tirana-Himara-31 August 2017  Greek diplomacy issues a direct warning for Tirana, while saying that Albanian authorities are more interested on violating the rights of a minority rather than be committed for the integration of the country in the European Union.

The spokesman of the Greek Foreign Ministry, Alexandros Gennimatas issued a reaction today by answering to the journalists’ question in relation to the decision of local authorities in Himara to occupy the lands and destroy several properties belonging to the residents, as part of a new urban planning which was approved by Himara Municipality Council.

“It seems that Albanian authorities are more interested on violating the rights of the Greek minority, rather than the country’s European path”, Mr. Gennimatas declared.

Business community very concerned, accusations against the media

The reaction of the Greek Foreign Ministry follows the concerns recently expressed by citizens of Himara on what they consider to be a flagrant violation of the rights of land owners and property owners in Himara.

Nikollaq Neranxi, President of the Association for the Protection of Traders and Market of Albania, former MP of the Socialist Movement for Integration, warns that what’s happening in Himara is a clear occupation of their properties.

“The people of Himara, these wise people who never claimed the things that belong to others and who have sweated to earn every penny that they have. History shows that this community has fought against sea pirates to defend the land and their identity. We are not moving from our land”, Mr. Neranxi says.

The former MP of the Socialist Movement for Integration, renowned businessman of dried fruits and spices, is also critical against some media in Albania, which according to him, are attacking people of Himara who have properties. According to Neranxi, this is being done by journalists who are paid by the government and who want to benefit properties in Himara.

“Some journalists have been put at the service of those who are occupying the properties of the people of Himara, making up all sorts of dirty things. My credible sources tell me that they have been promised parts of the construction that will be made in Himara, once we are robbed of our properties and once we are evicted from our land. They are only dreaming in broad daylight about this”, Mr. Neranxi says.

The delayed meeting is displaced 140 km away

The meeting of the Municipality Council was held in a bar in Himara five days ago and not in the offices of the Municipality of Himara. A number of residents went to that bar to participate in the meeting, but they were not allowed by police forces.

Under these circumstances, the meeting failed. But, it was held yesterday (30.08) in the village of Kuç, in Vlora, around 140 km away from Himara (!)

Several resident of Himara managed to go there, but they were not allowed by police. The meeting ended with the approval of the new urban planning.

Unity for Human Rights Party said that this meeting was being held under siege. “Himara Municipality Council convenes in circumstances of a police state”, said the leader of this party and MP, Vangjel Dule.

HSA identifies criminal violations

Several months ago, an inspection made by High State Audit identified several violations such as the procedure of the approval of the new urban planning. HSA found that works had started with the new promenade, but without having any decision of Himara Municipality Council. This was a criminal violation, HSA found.

Even yesterday’s meeting was held to adjust, despite the delay, the violation identified by HSA. The new urban planning, as never before, was voted by all three main opposing political forces, SP, DP and SMI.

Some say that  the approval of this plan gives way to investments amounting to millions of euros by Albanian and foreign businessmen, who have ties with these political forces.

Why has this situation been created?

IBNA’s and Albanian Free Press’ correspondent in Himara, reports following the testimonies collected from the residents of the area. They explain why some of them risk facing illegal action.

Residents say that some of them live in homes inherited for 200 years. They also have lands inherited from the same period. But, unfortunately, the majority of these properties have no ownership title. And they are not to blame for this. Many years ago, the Property Register Office in Delvina, where the documents relating to the properties of Himara were, was entirely burned.

This led to many properties to remain without a certificate.

According to residents, this situation is being exploited by central and local authorities in the country. They are implementing a master plan which doesn’t require compensation of many families who may be affected by the new urban planning, as they have no property titles.

Hector, 48 years of age from Himara comments the situation as follows: “If we refer to the ones who have built in the past 27 years, then that’s fine. They have built on state owned lands. But to consider us illegal, us, who have been in these lands for the past 200 years and have inherited them generation after generation and have no certificates, for which we are not to blame as the offices were burned, it’s absurd and unacceptable”.

Vasili, another man from Himara, around 63 years of age, is desperate in this situation. He warns that the state must be careful because what is happening may precipitate.

“We have been in these lands for centuries. They are ours. They can forget about evicting us and building here in our lands”. /ibna/

Einfach peinlich was Edi Rama mit seinen Gangstern macht. Uralte Verbrecher Kartelle von Ilir Meta, Salih Berisha, Edi Rama mit Damian Gjiknuri, Fidel Ylli, Vlore Gangster der PS, Abgeordneter, Pullumb Petritaj, oder Klement Balili, Rigel Balili wünschen keine Änderung und die Millionen erhält man trotzdem  von Kriminellen ausl. Organisationen wie EBRD, KfW, Weltbank und korrupten Botschaftern.

EU, KfW, Edi Rama Mafia, welche Milliarden mit Grundstücks Betrug und Diebstahl vernichten: „Green Coast“, Pellum Petritaj, Samir Mane, EUROCoL Sh.P.K.,Edi Rama,

Timesharing Projekte: “Green Coast Luxury Resort”: ein neues Modell des Samir Mane

Er residiert mit Luxus Villa auf gestohlenen Grundstück in Vlore. Am 7.3.2014 gabe es die Skandal Genehmigung der Regierung mit Edi Rama, für das Verbrecher Syndikat, wo nicht einmal Grundstücks Urkunden vorlagen, aber bereist Morde und Serien von Gerichts Vorgängen. Die Staatsaufsicht SAI, übergab die Dokumentation des Verbrechens direkt an die Generalstaatsanwaltschaft, wo die Grundstücke schon vor Monaten beschlagnahmt wurden, sich inzwischen sogar auf über 314 Hektar Land beziehen, eine Gruppe da sehr aktiv war, seit 25 Jahren. Das Green Coast Projekt sind 183,5 Hektar, mit den üblichen enormen Umwelt Schäden.

Greem Coast Sh.P.K.
Unterschrift: Premierminister Edi Rama
7.03.2014 Eglatina Gjermini 183.500 qm

Dashamir Xhiak – EBRD Mafia: Albania: Serenissma Bankrupt, Vlora & Fier Bypass Tenders Reopened

Fraud Mafia Boss Nr. 1 with Draghi:

Suma Chakrabarti
6th President of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Das Diebstahl Mafia Imperium des Betruges: des Suma Chakrabarti, EBRD Präsident

July 26, 2016
 | by Xavier Sol

In a letter to the President of the European Investment Bank from July 22, the European Union’s Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has asked the bank to review its governance arrangements to help prevent potential conflicts of interest in the bank’s governing bodies.

Null Transparenz, weil die inkompetenden Parteibuch Bangster, weder eine richtige Bank Ausbildung, oder sonstige Ausbildung und Praxis Erfahrung in realen Projekten haben

Letter to EIB directors: EIB final draft of transparency policy is insufficient

One week before the European Investment Bank’s board of directors is expected to approve the bank’s new transparency policy, 13 civil society groups warn the EIB’s directors that the draft policy amounts to a weakening of the already dismal transparency standards of the EU’s house bank.

List of groups signing the letter: Counter Balance, CEE Bankwatch Network, BothENDS, WWF Europe, Eurodad, Centre for Law and Democracy, Ibis, Sherpa, Publish What You Fund, Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), Transparency International (EU office), Action Aid International, Article 19.

Siehe Vertrags Parnter, der EBRD: Alles sofort und total korrumpierte Staaten der übelsten Art, deshalb arbeitet man unverändert mit Dashamir Xhiak in Albanien, obwohl Alles Bauschrott und gefakte Ausschreibungen sind, wie die Staatsaufsicht feststellte, inklusive Phantom Projekten, wo nur noch Geld gestohlen wird und die Akten sind vor über 2 Jahren der Staatsanwalt übergeben worden, welche bekanntlich extrem korrupt und inkomptend ist in Albanien.

Serenissima- A story of Corruption and Economical Crime from the Italian Embassdy, Berlusconi Mafia

Serenissma Bankrupt, Vlora & Fier Bypass Tenders Reopened

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Serenissma Bankrupt, Vlora & Fier Bypass Tenders ReopenedRoad works near Fier. Source: Photobucket/vami1940

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced today that tender for the Vlora and Fier bypasses will be reopened. The Italian construction company Serenissima, which had won the tenders for an unrealistically low price, has declared bankruptcy.

The Albanian government will use the remaining sum of its €48.8 million from the EBRD and the European Investment Bank to finish 22 km left of the Fier Bypass. The remaining part of the Vlora Bypass construction will be financed by the EU Delegation in Tirana and the European Investment Bank. The total costs of both projects are around €100 million.

The following parts remain to be completed:

  • Fier Bypass (22 km), which links the axes Lushnja–Fier, Levan–Vlora, and Levan–Tepelena.
  • Vlora Bypass (29 km), starting from the highway to Fier, passing through the villages Babica and Kanina above Vlora, connecting to the Orikum–Saranda road.

Works are expected to restart in late 2017.

The collapse of the Vlora Bypass project is yet another EU-sponsored infrastructural project going awry. Recently, a water supply and sewerage project financed by the EU in Ksamil led to massive economic and environmental damage, as flows of excrement covered the streets and seaside of tourist town Ksamil. In February, EU Ambassador Romana Vlahutin paid a visit to Vlora to inspect the progress on the Vlora Bypass. By then, Serenissima was already in serious financial problems. The EU Delegation in Tirana has a spotty history when it comes to supervising EU-financed infrastructural projects.

The bankruptcy of Serenissima

The Italian company Serenissima Construzioni spa, which was supposed to build the Fier and Vlora Bypasses, has gone bankrupt. The Albanian government seized two working sites and had confiscated the pertinent documentation.

In early April, the Road Authority (ARrSh) notified the company that if the working sites didn’t restart fully before April 6, the contracts would be unilaterally canceled. The work remained stalled and the government unilaterally canceled the contracts with the Italian company for both projects, on the basis of the long delays in the project.

Serenissima won its first contract for the Fier Bypass in 2013, with work supposed to be finished in October 2017. Until April however, only a small part of the work had been actually finished. The Vlora Bypass remains in a similar situation after Serenissima won the contract in 2015.

The Italian company entered the Albanian market in 2013 riding a wave of political and diplomatic support, winning two major contracts with a total value of €80 million.

The way in which the company won both tenders caused much debate among Albanian construction firms, because Serenissima claimed it was able to do the work much cheaper than the maximum tender budget. The price offered by the company was even lower than the actual costs of the work.

These extremely low bid and a suicidal policy toward its subcontractors led to a series of conflicts that blocked the work sites, bank accounts, and a general inability to complete any work on time.

After a series of useless negotiations, in which even Italian politicians tookpart, the Albanian government decided to declare the contracts void.

Meanwhile, the ownership of the company changed in September 2016. The only shareholder of Serenissima, the powerful company A4 Holding spa, was acquired by the largest private European highway management company, the Spanish firm Albertis.

Albertis decided to sell Serenissima, which was bought for little money by an Italian entrepreneur, who failed to convince the Albanian government to let him finish the two main ring roads for Fier and Vlora, while the company was faced with lawsuits from several subcontractors demanding a total of €17 million.

The Albanian creditors have declared that they will file a lawsuit against Serenissima’s previous owner, A4 Holding, for not properly supervising the implementation of the contracts.

The entire situation once again shows that Albanian governments, under influence of foreign lobbyists and diplomats, entrust the construction of public works to fake foreign companies who come to Albania only to perform fake work.

Fieri and Vlora Bypass Project

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IFIMES Report: Die Energie Mafia – OSHEE MANIPULATES TENDERS IN THE ENERGY SECTOR und der Mafia General Staatsanwalt: Adriatic Llalla

Dashamir Xhiak

Interested suppliers, contractors and consultants should contact:ALBANIAN ROAD AUTHORITYAttn: Mr Dashamir XHIKADirector GeneralRr. Sami Frasheri no. 33Tirana, AlbaniaTel: + 355 4 22 347 89

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If the EBRD stands for democracy it should not support TAP – Italian community addresses bank’s directors

… we call on you to not to finance this project. If the EBRD stands for democracy it should not support TAP. These olive … Institution:  EBRD

May 11, 2017, Blog entry

From Enver Hoxha to the EBRD (and back) – hydropower in Albania

… like the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank or Germany’s development bank KfW, has set its eyes on … of Bulqizë in central Albania. The plant, financed by the EBRD together with Societe Generale was put into operation last year. …

June 7, 2017, Blog entry

While the majority of bunkers is now being dismantled for scrap metal, the Albanian government, encouraged by international donors like the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank or Germany’s development bank KfW, has set its eyes on another concrete folly. Over 300 hydropower plants (HPP) are in various stages of planning or preparation seem to take the place of the bunkers in this predominantly mountainous country.

Two images of a hill with a water pipe of the Ternove hydropower project. They show how the construction is completely inadequate to avoid landslides.
A hill with a water pipe of the Ternove hydropower project. They show how the construction is completely inadequate to avoid landslides.

This week Bankwatch visited the Ternove HPP (8.4 MW), developed by Canadian Hydro Investment and Albanian Theodori company near the city of Bulqizë in central Albania. The plant, financed by the EBRD together with Societe Generale was put into operation last year. Additional canals that will harvest more water are still under construction. The project was brought to our attention because locals in several villages have been protesting for several years against the plant, fearing impacts on irrigation and thus their income and livelihood that is mostly based on farming.

The Ternove hydropower plant is taking water from the glacier lake Liqeni i Zi (Black Lake), a nationally recognised protected site, connecting it with several water streams and several other glacier lakes through tunnels and canals.

With this project the EBRD, proud of its environmental standards, looks as if it was trying to make Enver Hoxha proud, putting aside nature and people while “marching towards the bright future”. Thus it does not matter that the project lacks proper anti-erosion measures, converting the whole hill into a series of cracks that are prone to landslides and erosion. Locals fear this will likely damage the access roads they use to get to the forest and pastures.

The set of canals that is connecting the lake with other streams and lakes brings a significant amount of sediments, changing the hydrology of the glacier lake.

The fact that the company has been repeatedly fined by the Forest Inspectorate for proceeding with excavation works without the necessary permit only adds to the impression that when it comes to the implementation of its environmental policies, the EBRD has not monitored the project closely enough.

A water canal made of concrete, running along a hill.
The several kilometre long network of concrete canals will hardly boost the region’s tourist potential.

Locals fear lack of water

In several villages people protested, fearing that the hydro power plant will deprive them of irrigation water. The protests were clearly sparked by the lack of consultations about the project and its impacts. It is indeed difficult to assess the project’s impact as it not only depends on the availability of water, but also on the irrigation infrastructure.

The Strikçan village, some 22 km east of Bulqizë depends on irrigation from July to September. The villagers collect 20 000 LEK (~150 EUR) every year to pay a local worker to clean the irrigation canal with pickaxe and shovel.

A water pipe lying beneath a very steep dirt hill.
The water pipes are lying under steep hills that are prone to landslides.
Schweigen des Mafia Kabinetts Chef: Krislen Kërit und Dashamir Xhiak: im Edmond Haxinasto Verbrecher Imperium

Charter Fluege von der Mafia bezahlt, bis zu 150 Auslands Reisen machten Minister von Edi Rama

EU finanzierter Langzeit Betrug mit Verbrecher Syndikaten und immer ohne Drainage, oft fehlt der Stahl, wie bei dem Koelner U-Bahn mit Bilfinger & Berger. Qualifizierte Bau Aufsicht, Ausschreibungen, ein Null Nummer Projekt.

Todesfallen fuer Autos:

Langzeit Skandal, das die EU Millionen in diese kriminellen Loechern wirft, praktisch immer daran durch Kick Back Geschaefte diese Verbrechen organisieren.

Die LSI Mafia inspiziert ihren Betrugs Bau Schrott, arbeitet unverdrossen mit den identischen Ziegenhirten Baufirmen ohne jede Ausschreibung und Qualifikation weiter zusammen, wie im Berisha – Sokol Olldashi System identisch.

Gangster LSI Syndikat: Dashamir Xhiak und Edmond Haxhinasto

EU Mafia: Hirnlose EU Bauschrott Finanzierung seit 20 Jahren

„Winter“ der das Land lähmt, durch Gnadenlose Inkompetenz und Klientel Politik

Wie der Abgeordnente Ben Blushi sagt: Regierung der Dummen, Kriminellen und Analphabeten.Die Strassenbehörde wie das komplete Mafia Transport Ministerium, EU gesponsert, um gemeinsam die Milliarden zustehlen. Ermittlungen weil 100 % aller Tender manipuliert sind, laufen seit langem und Nichts passiert. Besonders  peinlich, das die EU überteuerten, finanzierten Palmen an der „Autobahn“ Durres – Tirana, wieder … „Winter“ der das Land lähmt, durch Gnadenlose Inkompetenz und Klientel Politik weiterlesen

Balkan Mining Tycoon Arrested for Alleged Graft: Benjamin Steinmetz friend from: Michael Schäfer, Joachim Rückers AA Gangster Syndikat

Neue Aufgabe für Joachim Rückers: Ein Marshallplan für Mittelost: Gründer des „Kosovo Mafia State“

 Michael Schaefer (2012)

The most criminals germans in Kosovo: Lambsdorf, Michael Steiner, Michael Schäfer(Abteilung des Betruges und Bestechung: Atlantik Brücke e.V.), Jo Trutschler

Dafür zuständig war die 2003 gegründete “Kosovo-Treuhandagentur” (KTA), die zunächst von Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff (FDP) geleitet wurde, ehe ihm 2004 Joachim Rücker nachfolgte. Rücker ging bei den Privatisierungen gnadenlos vor.

Nr. 1: Joachim Rueckers, landet wie Joschka Fischer, dann bei der BMW-Quant Stiftung

Michael Schäfer, ist ein Muster Beispiel, wie Politik und das Auswärtige Amt , von einer hoch kriminellen Mafia übernommen wird, nur um Geschäfte zu machen. Visa Besorgung für die Drogen Mafia, damit hatte Michael Schäfer nie ein Problem, weil die General Staatsanwaltschaft Berlin, Partner der Internationalen Mafia ist und solche Leute deckt. Aus der Körber Stiftung und heute Botschafter in China. Deshalb geht es halt mit solchen Leuten auch mit dem Export überall stark bergab.

The german gangsters Michael Schaefer – Joachim Ruecker payed with corruption money form Thyssen : Ferronickel privatisation in kosovo

14 Aug 17

Balkan Mining Tycoon Arrested for Alleged Graft

Billionaire Benjamin Steinmetz, the owner of two iron and gold mining companies in the Balkans, who is wanted by anti-graft prosecutors in Romania, has been arrested in Israel for alleged money laundering.

Ana Maria Touma


Benjamin Steinmetz with former Israeli President Shimon Perez. Photo:

Israeli billionaire Benjamin Steinmetz, who has strong business ties to the Balkans, was detained for questioning alongside three other businessmen on Monday for allegedly using fake contracts to move and launder money in connection with an iron-mining operation in Guinea.

The homes and offices of some of the men were raided by law enforcement officers on Monday morning, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

One of Steinmetz’s associates, political advisor Tal Silberstein, who was close to former Romanian president Traian Basescu, former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase and former Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu, is also among the detained businessmen, according to Israeli media.

Silberstein has also advised politicians in Austria.

Steinmetz, who owns the Cunico Resources ferro-nickel mining company which operates in Macedonia and Kosovo as well as Gabriel Resources, a gold-mining company seeking to reopen a mine in Romania, was also arrested in December 2016 for his suspected role in a sprawling corruption case involving tens of millions of dollars linked to iron exploitation in Guinea.

He denied the charges.

Steinmetz, Silberstein and Israili politician Yitzhak Rabin’s former chief of staff Shimon Sheves are wanted in corruption cases involving high-ranking dignitaries in Romania.

They are on trial in absentia in Bucharest for their alleged involvement in a large real estate scam in the northern suburbs of the capital Bucharest.

Romanian organised crime and anti-corruption prosecutors say that the deal between the Israeli businessmen and Prince Paul Philippe of Romania has cost the state some 150 million euros.

According to the indictment submitted to the court in 2016 by anti-graft prosecutors, the Israeli businessmen allegedly set up a criminal group that bribed Romanian officials to assign large real estate in North Bucharest to Paul Philippe of Romania, also indicted in the case, who falsely claimed the property belonged to his family before the communist regime took over.
Steinmetz allegedly financed the scam.

Steinmetz and Silberstein have also been investigated by the Romanian organized crime prosecutors in link with a cyber-identity theft.

Another Israeli citizen, Ron Weiner, has been sentenced to two years and eight months after spying on National Anti-Corruption Directorate chief prosecutor Laura Condruta Kovesi.

Steinmetz is one of the richest people in the world, according to Forbes magazine.

He is also behind Canadian-based Gabriel Resources, the company that recently sued the Romanian state for withdrawing its license to mine for gold in Rosia Montana, a village in the Western Carpathians believed to host the biggest unexploited gold deposit in Europe. However, under pressure from environmentalists worried by the company’s plans to use poisonous cyanide in the extraction process, the Romanian government stopped the project in 2014.

The Israeli billionaire is also the owner of ferronickel giant Cunico Resources, which operates two major production facilities in the Balkans – the FENI Industries plant in Macedonia and the NewCo Ferronikeli ferronickel mining complex in Kosovo.

Mafia Familien im Kosovo: Çitaku und Makolli: Mafia e Shipitullës

Die selbst erfundenen Uralt Dorf Bewohner werden plötzlich Gross Grundbesitzer in einem Dorf im Kosovo, bauen für Millionen 138 illegale Häuser und Wohnungen.
Vlora Citaku
Vlora Citaku, ist die Kosovo Botschafterin in den USA, direkt Hashim Thaci Vertraute, ohne Berufs Erfahrung, oder eine Ausbildung. Heute erhalten Null Bildungs Leute auch in Deutschland Titel, u.a. in Hannover, wo man zum studieren nur gefälschte Schul Zeugnisse vorlegen muss, von einem Billig Kopierer.

Mit gefälschten Diplomen zur 2. höchsten Polizistin —–> Präsidentin des Kosovo aufsteigen: Atifete Jahjaga

Standard Verbrecher Albanischer Botschafter auch in Berlin mit Arthur Kuko, Langzeit Partner im hoch kriminellen Enterprise (schon in 2000 bekannt, rund um Gross Drogen Schmuggel und Geldwäsche), den Koka Brüder in Albanien:  Arthur Kuko, hatte eine Partnerschaft mit Lefter Koka (siehe wikileaks: ) deshalb wurde seine Präsidentschaft in letzter Sekunde 2002 verhindert und Alexander Mosiu wurde Präsident.

"Koka is a member of perhaps the most notorious organized crime family in Albania, with ties to narcotics and human trafficking and other illicit activities."

und Nard Koka hatte ab mindestens 2001 und in der Rruga Taulantia als Haupt Geldwäsche Investor auftrat, direkt aus Gross Drogen Geschäften, was damals fest in Hand der Botschafter war und daneben investierte die Familie Thepsi (heute verhaftet in Firence, Drogen Schmuggel über Fußball Vereine). Lefter Koka ist auch lt. wikileaks gehört zum identischen Kartell des Dash Gjoka in Shiak mit dem eliminierten Sokol Olldashi, als Gross Verteiler von über 100 Tonnen Heroin in 20 Jahren.

Minister of Diaspora Ibrahim Makolli, picture: Marja-Leena Kultanen

Minister Ibrahim Makolli

(Minister für Integration – Diaspora, Original immer ein Mafia Ministerium), besonders lukrativ, die kriminellen Netzwerke betreuen) Lehrzeit im Konsulat: Frankfurt

Identisch der prominenten Verbrecher Clan: Shala in Stuttgart, der Non-Stop in Bauskandel in Albanien verwickelt ist, auch mehrfach festgenommen wurde.

Berufs Verbrecher aus dem Kosovo“ Enver Shala“ aus prominenter KLA – UCK Mord und Verbrecher Familie Keinerlei Baugenehmigungen in Tradition, und nun kollabierte der Meta Beton Block der auf 30 Stockwerke aufgestockt werden sollte, wo max. 4 Stockwerke an der Kueste erlaubt sind und immer Alles ohne Beton Ruettler, gefoerdert von der EU und GIZ Mafia, u.a. mit Wasser Infrastruktur Projekten.


Verbunden der dem Albanischen Konsultat in Stuttgart, was von Kriminellen wie Enver Hoxhajn (Konsult Stuttgart), und Verwandter des Konsuls Edon Cana in Stuttgart.


Panik tek Shkëmbi i Kavajës/Rrëzohen 4 kate të pallatit 24 katësh (FOTO)

Katër katet e fundit të një pallati tek “Shkëmbi i Kavajës” janë shembur. Pallati mendohet të jetë mbi 24-katësh, pasi ka kate nëntokë dhe rreth 4 të tillë kanë qenë në…

2014, verhaftet, seine illegales Appartment Haus mit 9 Stockwerken wurde in Golem gesprengt.

Kosovo Gangster Enver Shala, und neue Bau Skandale ohne Ende in Albanien: Das Mafia Konsulat, des „Edon Cana“ in Stuttgart

Verbunden der dem Albanischen Konsultat in Stuttgart, was von Kriminellen wie Enver Hoxhajn (Konsult Stuttgart), und Verwandter des Konsuls Edon Cana in Stuttgart.

Mafia Repraesidenten Edon Cana, eine Foerderung Deutscher Regierungsstellen erhielt, wie der Verbrecher Clan: Barzani, oder mit Artur Kuko[1] (* 1962), Albanischer Botschafter in Berlin.

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Mafia Kosovo: Stuttgart PDK Verbrecher Kartell: Edon Cana

EU Kriminelle finanzieren mit Milliarden das Spektakel, für einen angeblichen Justiz Aufbau und in der Nonsens EULEX Mission, wo Kriminelle Partner sind.

Mafia e Shipitullës (Dokument)

Mafia e Shipitullës (Dokument)

Enis Veliu • 09 Gusht 2017 • 08:15 •

Për më pak se një vit 138 ndërtime të egra kanë ndodhur në fshatin Shipitullë të Obiliqit, duke e rritur kështu vlerën e shpronësimeve nga buxheti i shtetit nga 4.5 milionë euro në 15.5 milionë euro. Gazeta “Zëri” ua sjell faktet se si ka ndodhur kaosi me ndërtime për një kohë të shkurtër dhe emrat e familjeve që presin të përfitojnë miliona nga shpronësimet. Madje disa familje që kanë prona aty kurrë më parë nuk kanë jetuar në këtë fshat, transmeton

Për më pak se një vit janë ndërtuar 138 objekte të reja banimi në kundërshtim me ligjin në fshatin Shipitullë të komunës së Obiliqit, ndonëse me vendim të Qeverisë së Republikës së Kosovës ishte e shpallur Zonë me Interes të Veçantë Ekonomik dhe ndërtimet e as mbindërtimet nuk do të duhej të lejoheshin.

Në Shipitullë institucionet e vendit ka kohë që kanë planifikuar zgjerimin e mihjeve në mënyrë që të mos rrezikohej furnizimi i qytetarëve me energji elektrike.
Por, ndërtimet kanë ndodhur në mënyrë të egër, në kundërshtim me ligjin, transmeton

“Të fortit” e Shipitullës kanë ndërtuar në kundërshtim me ligjin, ku para tyre janë “gjunjëzuar” autoritetet lokale dhe qendrore.

Gazeta “Zëri” pas një hulumtimi disajavor ka arritur ta sigurojë një dosje të madhe me dokumente, fotografi e raporte financiare, ku shihet se si pronat në Shipitullë po arrinin vlerë më të lartë se pronat përballë hotelit “Grand” në Prishtinë.

Para se të ndodhte ky kaos me ndërtime, sipas këtyre dokumenteve të siguruara nga “Zëri”, vlera e shpronësime ishte vetëm 4.5 milionë euro, ndërsa për më pak se një vit vlera është trefishuar, duke arritur në 15.5 milionë euro.

Në dëshmitë që ka arritur t’i sigurojë gazeta “Zëri” shihet se në listën e personave që presin të përfitojnë miliona nga shpronësimet janë disa familje me mbiemrin Çitaku, e Makolli, e që në realitet familje me mbiemra të tillë nuk ka pasur asnjëherë në këtë fshat, transmeton

Por, dyshohet se kanë blerë prona për të përfituar në situata të tilla, pasi që kanë pasur informacione për hartën zonale të zgjerimit të mihjes. /Zeri( Lexoni shkrimin e plote ne numrin e sotem te gazetes Zeri)


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Die Albanische Mafia rund um den Skhoder See – Choppy Waters in the Fight against Montenegrin Poachers

Umwelt Probleme und Taliban identische Zerstörung durch diese oft extrem dummen Clans, welche sich heute Minister und Polizei, Zoll  Direktoren, oder gar Richter Posten kaufen. Die Intelligenz ist ausgewandert und heute gibt es wo Albaner sich illegal niederlassen nur noch Dreck, Müll, Wasser Verseuchung und Zerstörung der Infrastruktur bis zur Abholzung der Wälder, weil man „functional illerate“ ist, also dümmer wie ein Tier und das zu 59 %. Traum Ziel Deutscher Minister, der EU Ratten, denn nur mit Kriminellen kann man gemeinsam Millionen stehlen, mit Phantom Projekten und Workshops.

Übleste Verbrecher trieben sich dort schon herum, mit US Pass, Profi kriminelle Terroristen wie die Abgesandten des Verbrechers: US Senator Eliot Engel die Bytyci Brüder, welche Waffen Schmuggel über die Grenze als Terroristen betrieben.

Bytyci Terroristen, beim illegalen Grenz Übergang festgenommen in Montenegro in der TUZI Region

2008: Am Skhoder See werden 24 illegale Gebäude abgerissen durch die Task Force und Beschluß des Councils der Albanischen Regierung


Umwelt Alarm für den Skhoder See, vor allem wegen Abfall Entsorgung

Tummel Platz der Kosovo Mafia vor allem: Rund um den Skhoder See

Grosse Landflächen hat man sich auch in TUZI, wie Ulcinji angeeignet, und in Skhoder, Shengin, rein kriminelle Verbrecher Regionen.

07 Aug 17
Choppy Waters in the Fight against Montenegrin Poachers

Ivan Cadjenovic

They make an odd crime-fighting duo, but two rangers who patrol the largest lake in southern Europe have a reputation for being incorruptible.

Clouds roll over Lake Skadar, the largest freshwater body in southern Europe. Photo: Darko Vuckovic

The engine clattered to a stop and we were adrift in the lake, the waves pushing our speedboat towards the darkness of open water. It was after midnight.

“Fishnets,” groaned the Albanian ranger. “It’ll be tricky to get them off the propeller.”

He rummaged in the boat but all he could find was a small razor.

After more than an hour perched on a ledge over the motor, painstakingly slicing the net from the blades, he finally cut us free. Back in the boat, water dripped from his uniform and sweat from his face.

“Something like this happens almost every night,” he said, then revved the engine to continue our patrol towards a canalof the Moraca river.

From mid-March to mid-May, fishing is banned on Lake Skadar, a vast freshwater system straddling the borders of Albania and Montenegro. You wouldn’t know it though, judging by all the nets.

A little later, the other ranger on board, a Macedonian game warden, battled the wind as he hauled out a fishnet around 100 metres long. It was flapping with a few trapped carp. Some weighed as much as three kilograms.

In the canal of the Moraca river, we found an even longer net with around 20 carp stuck in the mesh. Set free, their scales gleamed in the moonlight as they slipped back in the water – a lucky escape from people too greedy to leave them alone even during spawning season.

“I don’t know if we should be happy or worried because so few fish were caught in the net,” the Montenegrin ranger said.

Scientists warn that there are far fewer fish in the lake than there used to be – and numbers are falling every year. They blame poachers for the decline.

Employed to go on joint night patrols by thepublic company that manages Montenegro’s national parks,the two rangers make quite a pair. They declined to be identified by name.

One, from the Albanian border town of Ostros on the southeast tip of Lake Skadar, is tall, muscular and a man of few words. The other is from the Montenegrin village of Bijelo Polje, northeast of the lake. He’s ropey, tough and talkative.

Known for being incorruptible, the two take a zero-tolerance approach to poaching during spawning season. When it comes to protecting the waterways, they have the best results of any rangers.

Paid little to brave the cold nights, and in constant danger of being attacked by jumpy poachers, they risk their lives because they see the work as essential. They said they’d patrol for free if they had to.

“The whole of Montenegro could live from this lake and its fish, but it’s tragic when we see what people – locals in the first place – are doing with it,” the Montenegrin said.

There are many challenges in safeguarding the lake, they said. For one thing, poachers who use electricity, spears, nets and other illegal means of fishing, somehow get wind of exactly when they’re coming.

Another problem is their employee’s tight finances. Sometimes they don’t even have enough oil for their speedboats.

But they remain committed. Out of love for the lake, they go the extra mile to protect it. They explained how hard it is to support their families on a ranger’s salary – but somehow they get by. Like most Montenegrins and Albanians, they’re not quite sure how. They just do.

The Montenegrin ranger said he was driven by the thought of leaving Lake Skadar in good enough condition for his children to enjoy its beauty, “not to despair of its ruin”.

“When I was a kid and the lake flooded our fields, the other kids and I would play with the carp in the shallows,” he said. “It was full of them. Now I guess it’s totally different.“

Ivan Cadjenovic is a Montenegrin journalist who writes about society and education. For the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, he is investigating ecological issues.

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