Betrug ohne Ende: „Nghradeta“ und Co.: The banks behind a dangerous new pipeline TAP

Siemens verkauft Gas Turbinen, Baufirmen ohne jede Rechnungs Kontrolle, Landraub, und prominente Mafia Baufirmen aus Sizilien, Albanien, sind dabei. Die TAP Gaspipeline, welche Moghrini, sogar entlang der Küste, bis Kroatien verlängern will, was noch idiotischer ist, und nicht quer durch die Mitte des Balkans und den Ballungszentren. Seriösere Grunder wie Statoil aus Norwegen sind längst aus dem Projekt ausgestiegen, wo die Deutsche Bank, HSBC Banken Mafia erneut Rädelsführer sind.

Super Pleite Politik der EU, mit der korrupten TAP Pipeline quer durch den Balkan und Syriern

TAP Pipeline

Die vollkommen korrumpierte EU, nahm bereits 2,8 Milliarden € Bestechungsgeld engegen, für die Finanzierung der TAP – IAP Gas Pipline

Some background

Traversing Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea before making a landfall on Italy’s southern shores, the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is planned to be the western section of the Southern Gas Corridor. A 3500km chain of pipelines starting in Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz II offshore gas field, this grandiose project is designed to annually pump at least 10 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe starting 2020, in addition to 6 billion cubic meters to Turkey as early as next year.


For over 2 years now, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has been considering lending its support to TAP in the form of a €2 billion loan – the biggest single public loan in the bank’s history.

“Now that the projects have successfully reached the capital intensive construction phase, their promoters need to urgently secure adequate funding”

Maros Sefcovic to EIB President Hoyer, 13 July 2017


12 December: a crunch moment

The most recent EIB board of directors meeting coincidently took place on the same day as Emmanuel Macron hosted the #OnePlanetSummit in Paris, where political and economic leaders were gathered to discuss the role of finance in tackling the climate crisis. Activists and campaigners were able to draw enough public scrutiny of the vote to make it impossible for the EIB to make a decision to support what is Europe’s biggest new fossil fuel project.


So how do we #DefundTAP?

With the decision postponed now until the next board meeting on Feb 6th, and communities in Italy bravely resisting this pipeline in the face of fascist-era laws, now feels like an appropriate time to give some thought to other targets that we might organise around to further increase the pressure on this dangerous pipeline.



Over the last 5 years, the 11 European banks below have collectively provided over $70 billion in loans and underwriting to the 5 companies that make up the Trans Adriatic Pipeline Company, and are very likely to be approached for crucial project finance for TAP.

Two of these banks have ongoing, direct involvement in the TAP project and therefore stand out above the rest: the French bank, Société Générale has been providing financial advice to the company and its chairman, Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, is also chairman of SNAM’s board, the Italian grid operator that holds a 20% stake in the TAP company. The Italian bank, Intesa, has been providing accounts through which claimants of compensation from TAP in Albania have been forced to use.

Here’s a full list of banks and details of finance provided to the companies behind TAP (each company involved with TAP is on a different tab).

We don’t know when and how these banks might be approached for support. But with the public banks being forced to delay their support, it’s reasonable to expect that it might happen soon. By organising now, aiming to secure commitments from these banks to not fund new fossil fuels like TAP, we can put another hurdle in front of the project.

There are a number of ways in which we can actively put pressure on these banks and make it clear that TAP would be a toxic investment.

To find out how and for more information about the resistance to TAP on the ground in Italy, visit defundTAP.org

EU Mafia: Albanian farmers receive peanuts after losing land and livelihoods to gas pipeline

Die vollkommen korrumpierte EU, nahm bereits 2,8 Milliarden € Bestechungsgeld engegen, für die Finanzierung der TAP – IAP Gas Pipline

Between TAP and a hard place – Albanian farmers receive peanuts after losing land and livelihoods to gas pipeline

Interviews in Albania revealed a barrage of complaints about how the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline has been treating farmers affected by the mega gas project that may soon receive a record loan from the European Investment Bank.

Sven Haertig-Tokarz, Web editor  |  30 November 2017

A man walking between trees away from the camera.

Both the TAP company and the Albanian state have turned their backs on farmers affected by the pipeline.

The full report from the fact-finding mission is available for download.

For the past few years, communities along the route of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), the western section of the Southern Gas Corridor have been refusing to accept the toll this gargantuan project is taking on them. While the opposition has been particularly vocal in Southern Italy, grievances have been heard also from Greece and Albania.

On our third mission to Albania earlier this year we found out just how dire the situation is for farmers in the only non-EU country affected by TAP. Labelled an EU ‘project of common interest,’ TAP could soon receive a loan of unprecedented size from the European Investment Bank which has been urged by the European Commission to provide the financing, as has recently been revealed.

A black pipe in front of a foggy panorama.
The black pipes were omnipresent along the corridor of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline – lying on the surface ready to be put underground.

A fraction of the compensation needed

During the visit, Bankwatch, together with the Albanian Helsinki Committee talked to farmers and communities along the corridor of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline.

Most of the farmers we spoke to have received compensation for their land but were not at all satisfied, explaining that their loss of income and property was not covered. Some of them calculated for us their income and compared it to what they received. The discrepancy was enormous. And none of the farmers we interviewed were compensated for associated assets like destroyed fences, wells, pergolas or other equipment.

A hill with olive trees and a wide swath where the trees have been cut.
The pipeline route cuts like a scar through what used to be Arjan’s olive grove, one of the farmers affected by the TAP pipeline.

Arjan, an olive farmer in Berat County, used to own 130 olive trees that were 70-80 years old. In his irrigated and well maintained orchard one tree gives up to 150 kg of olives per year. At a price of 150 Albanian lek (~EUR 1.12) per kg, he earned about 22.500 lek (~EUR 169) per tree every year. The compensation he received was only 25.000 lek (EUR 187.5) per tree, hardly more than one year of his income per tree. But it will take 15-20 years until newly planted trees will give olives. And even then, they will only provide about 10-15% of the yield he used to have.

In effect, Arjan received the worth of one year’s olive production while losing more than 15 times that.

Arjan’s business not only supported a family of about 16 people, but also several seasonal workers he employed. Now he is left with next to nothing for years to come. “I don’t know what we will be doing,” he says.

Non-transparent compensation values

To guide the compensation process, the company prepared Guides for Land Easement and Acquisition for each country the pipeline traverses. In Albania, these Guides include partly conflicting rules and do not offer a clear outline for how the compensation is to be calculated. Eventually, also the contracts with farmers are in no way transparent about how the compensation value has been established.

None of the dozens of compensation offers, compensation agreements and notarial documents provided by TAP that relate to the compensation include a detailed valuation of land lease, crops and assets.

Apple trees on the left, clear cut on the right.
Urim’s remaining apple trees next to the pipeline corridor.

Urim, an apple farmer from Cangojn, tried to reconstruct the compensation he received based on his contract and TAP’s compensation booklet.

While the booklet defines a compensation price “per tree” (depending on different production types), his contract only states a compensation per square metre. According to the booklet he should have received more than 18.000 lek per tree. However, for a 403 m2 parcel, for instance, where he had 36 trees, he received 344.662 lek which makes 9.574 lek per tree – half the amount he is entitled to.

He rejected the offer for one year and filed a petition with 21 other farmers who had the same issue. He went to the nearest administrative unit and to Tirana several times. The petition remained unanswered. Instead, the company threatened that the state would seize their land. He signed eventually because of this threat.

Land that disappeared

On the basis of an agreement with the Albanian Immovable Property Registration Office TAP was allowed to establish, enhance and update cadastral data (property ownership, boundaries, and usage) within the pipeline corridor. While this may have been intended to simplify the process of land registration for farmers, it led to irregularities and land loss for some of them.

In several cases, where a person’s land was affected, they received new certificates where the boundaries and even the size of their land had changed.

In none of these cases the relevant land owner understood the reason for the change and in all cases owners were dissatisfied with the new certificates.

One farmer from Fush Peshtan, a village in the Berat region, had bought a parcel of land in 2014 to invest in the family’s own olive business. He had a relatively new certificate, including a map, to show for his purchase.

The new certificate, provided by TAP, showed a parcel whose location had been shifted and its size had been reduced. TAP did not offer to pay a compensation for the difference in the value between those two parcels.

The new parcel has been shifted uphill, above the pipeline corridor. The missing part of his land is now state land. While this causes additional difficulties for the family in accessing their olive orchard, TAP has a clear advantage from this change. It has access to the state land downhill, bordering the location from where the pipeline is coming after crossing the river.

A printed satellite map with colourful markings.
The piece of land next to the river that has been taken away from the farmer (red frame). The TAP pipeline route is marked in yellow and green.

Apart from these issues, farmers told us again about intimidation by company representatives and an overall heavy-handed approach that stymies their efforts to verify whether they have been treated fairly.

In spite of the highly politicised character of the project, no public authority is currently involved to ensure the fair treatment of affected people. Their ability to disagree and appeal to impartial bodies is – currently – highly limited if at all existent.  Our findings should trigger a more thorough engagement with the grievances of affected people. At the very least, the approval of public financial support for TAP must not be rushed.

On December 12 the board of directors of the EIB could decide on a EUR 2 billion loan in EU public money for the realisation of the TAP project. If approved, this would be Europe’s largest ever loan for a single project. It would also be a breach of the bank’s own commitment to human rights as reflected in its statutes.

For more detailed information download the full report from the fact-finding mission.

Super Pleite Politik der EU, mit der korrupten TAP Pipeline quer durch den Balkan und Syriern

die korrupte EU hebelte erst die Russen aus, mit ihrer Gas Pipeline “ South East“, zuvor gab es das Pleite Projekt mit Joschka Fischer dem Hirnlosen, mit NABUCCO und nun haben die Russen laengst auch die TAP Pipeline unter Kontrolle, was die EU mit Mafia Gruppen finanziert. Immer dabei im Desaster des Verbrechens Berlin und Steinmeier in Tradition. EU und die Nghradeta, immer dabei, inklusive der Albaner Mafia.

Die EU Mafia finanziert eine Balkan Gas Pipeline, obwohl Aserbeidschan nicht einmal genuegend Gas hat, fuer die Pipline.

Junckern, Barosso, Ashton, sind und waren sowieso ein Motor des Verbrechens. Und so geht es weiter im Steinmeier und Clinton Stile, die ständigen Treffen für den Diebstahl von Milliarden durch angebliche Projekte und Konferenz und Reise Tourismus

Wenn Hirnlose und korrupte ein Land regieren, denn der Profit ist hoch. So dumm kann man doch nicht sein, das man „Fortschritte“ in Albanien verkauft, wenn Alles von Kriminellen uebernommen wurde, mit Hilfe von Edi Rama, real als „state capture“ bekannt.

Angela Merkel y Edi Rama en Tirana.

Edi Rama: Immer den Verbrechern hinterher: Angela Merkel

Die vollkommen korrumpierte EU, nahm bereits 2,8 Milliarden € Bestechungsgeld engegen, für die Finanzierung der TAP – IAP Gas Pipline

Peinlichkeiten der absoluten Inkompetenz und Lüge: Federica Mogherini und F.W. Steinmeier

Assad umarmt Putin: Foto aus Sotschi sorgt für Ärger in Washington

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Russlands Präsident Wladimir Putin mit seinem syrischen Amtskollegen Baschar Assad beim Treffen in Sotschi

Nach dem Treffen des russischen Präsidenten Wladimir Putin mit seinem syrischen Amtskollegen in Sotschi hat die Sprecherin des US-Außenministeriums Heather Nauert von der Verantwortung Moskaus für die Situation in Syrien gesprochen.

Nauert betonte, dass in den Beziehungen zwischen Russland und den USA „alles sehr kompliziert“ sei. „Wir haben alle diese Fotos gesehen, auf denen er (Wladimir Putin – Anm. d. Red.) Baschar Assad umarmt“, sagte Nauert und fügte prompt hinzu, dass Putin „eine gewisse Verantwortung dafür trägt, Syrien zu helfen und Druck auf Baschar Assad auszuüben“.

Das neue Dreieck Russland-Iran-Aserbaidschan hat Washingtons frühere „Caspian Sea Initiative“, die Initiative am Kaspischen Meer sanft beerdigt, abgelöst.

Die 7. Astana-Gesprächsrunde zum Syrienkonflikt endete mit einem Knüller: Russland will 33 Volksgruppen und Kriegsbeteiligte am 18. November im russischen Sotschi zusammenbringen, darunter nicht weniger als DREI kurdische Parteien. Wenn das gelingt, hätte Russland die US-Politik um Syrien elegant international ausgehebelt und sich zum Manager des Geschehens emporgeschwungen.

Das kriegsverbrecherische Terror-Netzwerk NATO hat mit der Ausbildung der aserbaidschanischen Armee für psychologische und Informationsoperationen während der Krise begonnen.

TAP Projekt ab.

DECEMBER 12, 2012


Fotos der duemmsten und kriminellsten Politiker in Europa

Zweimal Prominenz im Drogen Handel: Edi Rama und Frederica Mogrehini, wo die Cousine den VIP Kokain Handel in Rom unter sich hat.

Die Nichte Gaia Mogherin (verhaftet, sitzt in Haft), ist mit Roberto Nicoletti liiert, der Mitglied in der Super Mafia Bande des Manuel Zumpano: Sohn des Francesco und Domenico Zumpano (die legendäre Bande: „Magliana)ist. Man kontrolliert Rom, seit 80 Jahren. Der Albaner Drogen Boss: «Richie» Durici, wurde ebenso live verhaftet.

Guarda la versione ingrandita di Roma, cocaina al Jackie 'O: tra gli arresti torna la Banda della Magliana

Die Inhaber den prominenten VIP Lokales im Zentrum von Rom wurden ebenso verhaftet: Valentina Errante e Michela Allegri sul Messaggero,

Eine Kokain Vertriebstätte. Durch den bekannten Film Jackie O’, – Dolce Vita: Spiegel Artikel aus 1960

Black Sea in Budapest

Thomas Carothers – Ulrich Speck – Gerald Knaus

Thomas Carothers – Ulrich Speck – Gerald Knaus – Matteo Fumagalli – Goran Buldioki –Wolfgang Reinicke

2014 is a dramatic year for the Black Sea region. The conflict between Russia and Ukraine presents a challenge to the European security order – conflicts, closed borders, and rivalries weaken institutions and the rule of law. Democracy and human rights are under pressure.

We meet to discuss all of this in Budapest on 6-10 October 2014:

Workshop for Civil Society Leaders and Policy Makers from the Black Sea Region

Geopolitische Neuordnung im Kaukasus, im Mittleren Osten und in Zentralasien

Werden die USA zur vorherrschenden Macht im größten Energiereservoir der Erde? Das ist die entscheidende außenpolitische Frage der Zukunft. Rizvan Nabiev analysiert das Ringen der Großmächte um den Zugang zu den riesigen Ol- und Gasvorkommen und die Stationierung von Truppenkontingenten im Zentrum Eurasiens.


Leyla Yunus – Rasul Jafarov – Intiqam Aliyev – Anar Mammadli

Leyla Yunus – Rasul Jafarov – Intiqam Aliyev – Anar Mammadli

Die vollkommen korrumpierte EU, nahm bereits 2,8 Milliarden € Bestechungsgeld engegen, für die Finanzierung der TAP – IAP Gas Pipline

Aserbeidschan, hat nicht einmal genügend Gas, um die TANAP (quer durch die Türkei), TAP, IAP Gas Pipeline zufüllen, was die EU ebenso vertuscht.

Das einzige grosse Projekt der EU, neben den unsinnigen Finanzierungen von Gas Verflüssigungs Anlagen, für die US Mafia, in Kroatien, Spanien, Lettland, Polen wo das Geld ebenso inzwischen im Sumpf spurlos verschwand, u.a. in grosse Erdgas Lager in Spanien in geologisch ungeeigneten Böden usw.. Selbst die TANAP Pipeline, quer durch die Türkei ist noch nicht finanziert, der Norwegische Konzern STATEOIL, stieg aus dem Betrugs Geschäft, mit der Italienischen und Albanischen Baumafia schon aus. In Italien besteht nicht einmal eine Genehmigung der lokalen Apulischen Behörden, welche negativ dem Projekt entgegen stehen.  Eine neue Küsten Gas Pipeline IAP, durch die EU, ist noch mehr Unfug.


#Euromaidan: Eine neue Revolution in der Ukraine? Chronologie der Ereignisse

Die Thraker gelten als eines der ältesten und größten indoeuropäischen Völker.

Article on the Council of Europe, Azerbaijan and political prisoners in Europe in today’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung

Im „Land des Feuers“

Ohne jede Moral: die EU und US Politik mit Aserbeidschan und der TAP Gas Pipeline

Earlier this month, an international investigation exposed a massive corruption scheme, dubbed the Azerbaijani Laundromat, through which the Azerbaijani regime asserted influence over European decision makers. But, as we argued in a letter published in The Guardian the revelations didn’t mention the elephant in the room, the Southern Gas Corridor, the largest fossil fuels project the EU is currently pursuing.

Read the letter to the editor in The Guardian


Korruptionsvorwürfe„Der Europarat hat seine Seele an ein autokratisches Regime verkauft“

Teure Geschenke, Gold, Überweisungen – wer sich mit autokratischen Regimen wie Aserbaidschan im Europarat gut stellte, profitierte in vielerlei Weise. „Bis vor zwei Jahren brauchte es noch Mut, sich gegen diese Kaviar-Lobby zu stellen“, sagte Politikberater Gerald Knaus im Dlf. Erst eine Koalition von Anständigen habe eine regelrechte Revolution eingeleitet.

Gerald Knaus im Gespräch mit Christoph Heinemann

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Der Europarat (Conseil de L'Europe), aufgenommen am 22.07.2016 während einer Bootsfahrt auf der Ill in Straßburg, Frankreich. (dpa / picture alliance / Stefan Jaitner)

Im Europarat hätten Abgeordnete dann Karriere gemacht, wenn sie sich mit den Freunden von Aserbaidschan gutstellten, sagte Politikberater Knaus. (dpa / picture alliance / Stefan Jaitner)
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Christoph Heinemann: Gestern Nachmittag wollten wir ein Interview mit dem CDU-Politiker Axel Fischer aufzeichnen. Er leitet die EVP-Fraktion im Europarat, der bekanntlich nichts zu tun hat mit der Europäischen Union. Dem Europarat gehören 318 Vertreter aus 47 nationalen europäischen Parlamenten an, darunter Vertreter autoritärer Regime im Osten des Kontinents. Axel Fischer war nicht bereit, die folgende Äußerung seines Europaratskollegen Frank Schwabe von der SPD zu kommentieren:

O-Ton Frank Schwabe: „Seitdem ich das ein bisschen besser durchblicke, kann man sich nur wundern, weil man oft den Eindruck hat, dass es hier nicht um den Schutz der Menschenrechte geht, sondern um den Schutz von Regierungen, die Menschenrechte missachten, und das bedeutet sozusagen nicht nur, dass wir unserer Aufgabe nicht gerecht werden, sondern wir pervertieren geradezu die Aufgabe und liefern Gründungszusammenhänge für Staaten, die wir nicht liefern sollten.“

Heinemann: Dieses Zitat stammt aus einem ausführlichen Bericht von Martin Durm, den wir vor einer halben Stunde gesendet haben und den Sie auf unserer Seite Deutschlandfunk.de hören [AUDIO] und lesen können. Darüber wollten wir wie gesagt mit Axel Fischer (CDU) sprechen. Der legte einfach den Hörer auf, ohne Begründung und ohne Verabschiedung. In der Sache geht es um Einflussnahmen autoritärer Regime auf Mitglieder des Europarats. Diese Regime versprechen sich etwa eine wohlwollende Bewertung ihrer Wahlfälschungen. Kaviar-Diplomatie nennt man die Korruptionsversuche etwa der politischen Führung von Aserbaidschan.

Der italienische EVP-Politiker Luca Volontè, Vorgänger von Axel Fischer an der EVP-Fraktionsspitze, muss erklären, wofür er 2,4 Millionen Euro aus Baku erhalten hat. Axel Fischer wird vorgeworfen, er habe sich einer Aufklärung dieses mutmaßlichen Korruptionsfalles widersetzt, es auf jeden Fall nicht unterstützt. Wir wollen darüber sprechen mit Gerald Knaus. Er ist Politikberater des angesehenen Think Tanks European Stability Institute, kurz ESI. Guten Morgen.

Gerald Knaus: Guten Morgen.

Heinemann: Herr Knaus, Sie legen jetzt hoffentlich nicht auf, wenn ich Sie frage: Trifft die Einschätzung des SPD-Politikers Frank Schwabe zu? Schützt der Europarat lieber autoritäre Regime als Menschenrechte?

Knaus: Als wir im Mai 2012 unseren ersten Bericht über Kaviar-Diplomatie, Korruption und den Verrat an den Werten des Europarats veröffentlicht haben, war uns aufgefallen eine unglaubliche Sache, dass nämlich die Menschenrechtslage in einem Mitgliedsland wie Aserbaidschan sich dramatisch verschlechterte, aber die Berichte des Europarats, auch von den Parlamentariern westlicher Demokratien verfasst, zu Aserbaidschan immer positiver wurden. Und das ging dann noch viele Jahre so weiter, obwohl eigentlich vielen in Straßburg klar sein musste, dass hier etwas fundamental falsch lief und der Europarat seine Seele an ein autokratisches Regime verkauft hat.

„Es brauchte Mut, um sich gegen die Kaviar-Lobby zu stellen“

Heinemann: Sie sprechen von einer systematischen Korruptionsstrategie, und diese Strategie trifft im Europarat auf offene Taschen.

Knaus: Na ja. Die Schwächen von Menschen werden ausgenützt, ebenso die Tatsache, dass der Europarat ein weniger stringentes System hat, sich gegen Korruption zu schützen, als die nicht gerade für Transparenz bekannte Fußball-Organisation FIFA. Es gibt eigentlich kaum Möglichkeiten, sich zu schützen, und so hat Aserbaidschan Abgeordneten teure Geschenke gemacht, Gold, Schmuck, teure Teppiche, Couverts mit Geld, Überweisungen an Beratungsfirmen, die Abgeordneten nahe standen. Und Aserbaidschan konnte auch für viele Jahre versprechen, da es in der Lage war, viele Abgeordnete zu Abstimmungen zu bewegen, dazu zu gehen, dass man, wer sich anbiederte an das Regime, eine Karriere im Europarat machen konnte. Bis vor zwei Jahren brauchte es noch Mut, sagten mir manche Abgeordnete in Straßburg, um sich gegen diese Kaviar-Lobby zu stellen.

Heinemann: Wie ist das zu erklären, dass man schneller Karriere macht, wenn man autoritäre Regime nicht kritisiert?

Knaus: Wenn es Aserbaidschan gelingt, besonders viele Abgeordnete zu Abstimmungen zu bringen, die dann immer mit Aserbaidschan abstimmen, dann wird das schon bemerkt. Und da nicht immer alle Abgeordneten regelmäßig zu den Abstimmungen gehen, erkennt man, dass man eine Karriere dann macht, wenn man sich mit den Freunden von Aserbaidschan gutstellt. Das lief für viele Jahre so und hat die Aufklärung von Dingen, die eigentlich jeder wusste, bis heute verzögert.

Heinemann: Herr Knaus, besonders schmerzhaft für Autokraten sind ja die Urteile des Europäischen Gerichtshofs für Menschenrechte. Können Autokraten über die korrupten Europaratsmitglieder diese Rechtsprechung beeinflussen?

Knaus: Ich glaube, es ist sehr schwierig, den Gerichtshof direkt zu beeinflussen. Aber es ist doch so, dass die parlamentarische Versammlung des Europarats nicht nur den Generalsekretär des Europarats und den Menschenrechtskommissar, sondern auch die Richter wählt. So gesehen ist die Glaubwürdigkeit der Versammlung essentiell auch für die Glaubwürdigkeit der anderen Institutionen. Und ich habe zumindest von einem Fall gehört, in dem Aserbaidschan einem Richter ein teures Geschenk gemacht hat, dieser Richter das allerdings zurückgewiesen hat. Ich glaube durchaus, dass wir nicht nur auf die parlamentarische Versammlung blicken müssen, sondern dass Aserbaidschan versucht hat, möglichst viele Freunde in allen Institutionen mit diesen Methoden zu finden. Allerdings glaube ich, dass es sehr, sehr schwierig ist, ein Gericht mit der langen Tradition und den Mechanismen der Kontrolle wie dem Menschenrechtsgerichtshof so zu beeinflussen.

Heinemann: Der italienische Politiker Luca Volontè ist mit 2,4 Millionen Euro erwischt worden. Ist er die Spitze eines Eisberges?

Knaus: Na ja. Der Abgeordnete Volontè hat ja das Geld von einem anderen Abgeordneten, der übrigens immer noch in der parlamentarischen Versammlung sitzt, aus Aserbaidschan über Briefkastenfirmen erhalten. Und wir haben sehr gute Gründe zu vermuten, dass dies auch in dieser Form kein Einzelfall war. Doch jetzt gibt es ja zum Glück eine Kommission. Wir wissen über den Fall Volontè ja nur aufgrund der Arbeit italienischer Banken und Staatsanwälte in Mailand, denen aufgefallen ist, dass hier unerklärliche Geldsummen über Briefkastenfirmen nach Italien kamen. Aber jetzt gibt es eine Kommission, die hoffentlich auch mit Unterstützung nationaler Behörden aufklären soll, ob dieser aserbaidschanische Abgeordnete oder andere ähnliche Geldsummen auch an andere überwiesen haben.

Heinemann: Wie hat sich der CDU-Politiker Axel Fischer im mutmaßlichen Bestechungsfall Luca Volontè verhalten?

Knaus: Es gibt prominente Mitglieder der Europäischen Volkspartei (EVP), die sich an die Spitze gestellt haben mit Forderungen, das aufzuklären. Axel Fischer gehörte nicht dazu. Seine erste Reaktion am 25. Januar dieses Jahres war es, in einem Brief den jetzt in Ungnade gefallenen Präsidenten der parlamentarischen Versammlung, den Spanier Agramunt aufzufordern, doch die NGO’s zu untersuchen, also Organisationen wie ESI oder Amnesty oder Transparency International, die auf den Skandal hingewiesen haben…………

„Koalition der Anständigen haben eine wirkliche Revolution zusammengetan“

Heinemann: Seit etwa einem halben Jahr, haben Sie gesagt, bewegt sich jetzt nun doch was. Aufklärung soll stattfinden. Wodurch wurde genau diese Entwicklung ausgelöst?

Pedro Agramunt (Iliya Pitalev/Sputnik)Pedro Agramunt, der Präsident der Versammlung, stand Aserbaidschan sehr nahe (Iliya Pitalev/Sputnik)

Knaus: Ich glaube, es war ein Zusammentreffen einerseits der Erkenntnisse im Fall Volontè, die eigentlich nur bestätigt haben, was man ja schon seit vielen Jahren nicht nur vermuten, sondern fast wissen hatte können. Andererseits war es vor allem das Zusammentreffen einer Koalition von Anständigen, die ein Risiko eingegangen sind. Sozialdemokraten wie Frank Schwabe oder der niederländische Christdemokrat Pieter Omtzigt, Schweden, Italiener, Luxemburger, Balten haben sich zusammengetan im Januar dieses Jahres, kurz nachdem Pedro Agramunt, der Präsident der Versammlung, der Aserbaidschan sehr nahestand, wiedergewählt worden war, und haben gesagt, über alle Parteigrenzen hinaus, der Europarat muss seine Glaubwürdigkeit wiederfinden.



Das EU Narrenschiff, von lauter inkompetenden Spinnern

Azerbaijan Laundromat: Merkel ally ‚received cash from regime‘

Allegations against Karin Strenz drag scandal over payments to European politicians into German election campaign

Angela Merkel waves as she arrives at an election rally in Wismar with Karin Strenz.
Angela Merkel waves as she arrives at an election rally in Wismar with Karin Strenz. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Revelations over payments by Azerbaijan to European politicians have seeped into the German election as it emerged that a close ally of Angela Merkel allegedly received money from the authoritarian regime.

The revelations are embarrassing for the German chancellor who on Tuesday was due to campaign with Karin Strenz, a Christian Democrat member of parliament, in the Baltic port city of Wismar.

According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung , Strenz was paid between €7,000 and €15,000 (£6,000-£13,000) sent to her via a firm set up by Eduard Lintner, a former German MP and lobbyist for Azerbaijan.

Strenz has refused to comment and did not respond to emails from the Guardian.

The scandal threatens to shake up what has so far been a sleepy election campaign, lacking any of the personal mudslinging or scandal-ridden offensives typical of the US or Britain, with Merkel’s CDU on course to secure victory. Latest polls show it to be on 36% – 14 points ahead of the party’s nearest rival, the Social Democrats.

Lintner was one of several prominent Europeans to have received large sums of money from a scheme nicknamed the Azerbaijani Laundromat, exposed this month by the Guardian and other media partners. Lintner admits the payments but says he did not personally benefit and he was unaware of the original source of the payments.

Azerbaijan’s ruling elite used the $2.9bn (£2.1bn) fund to silence criticism of the country’s dismal human rights record with a series of under-the-table payments made to leading European politicians.

Leaked banking data shows that Lintner received more than €800,000 through UK shell companies. Some of this money was paid to other parliamentarians in Germany and Belgium. The payments to Strenz in 2014 and 2015 were sent through Lintner’s company, Line M-Trade, based at the office of his Nuremberg lawyer.

She registered the money but the ultimate source of the funding was previously unknown. It is not known whether Strenz was aware of its origin.

Strenz has visited Azerbaijan on several occasions, including as an election monitor, and is chairwoman of the German-South Caucasian Friendship Group. She has posted a photograph on her website – slogan “Politics can be different” – with Azerbaijan’s authoritarian leader, Ilham Aliyev.

Strenz, a former teacher, has been a member of parliament since 2009. She is now under pressure to explain whether the payments may have influenced her voting record in Berlin and in the Council of Europe, where she is a member of the parliamentary assembly.

In June 2015, Strenz voted against a parliamentary assembly motion calling on Azerbaijan to release its political prisoners, who include several journalists. She was the only German representative who voted no. Strenz has given an approving verdict on Azerbaijan’s elections, in contrast to other observers who have been critical.



Alles Phantom Projekte, mit falschen Versprechungen, wie 20 Jahre Balkan zeigen, oder die Ukraine. Die Norweger stiegen aus dem Projekt aus.

Statoil to leave TAP gas pipeline project – Azerbaijan’s SOCAR

IAP pipeline, Albania demands support from the US and EU
By Edison Kurani / Published on: 08-09-2017, 15:39
IAP pipeline, Albania demands support from the US and EU
Albania has completed the drafting of the Gas Master Plan and has built good cooperation with Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and the Energy Community to realize IAP project, alongside TAP project, which is underway.

Meanwhile, Albania is confident that this project is also supported by the United States of America and the European Union.

This was announced today by the Albanian minister of Energy, Damian Gjiknuri in the meeting held in Tirana on the Adriatic-Ionian Pipeline project between representatives included in it.
IAP Gas Pipeline
Meanwhile, the US ambassador to Albania, Donald Lu said during this meeting that Europe must be relieved from its dependence on Russian gas. Therefore, according to him, projects such as TAP and IAP, which Albania is part of, have a special importance.

On the other hand, the EU ambassador to Albania, Romana Vlahutin said that the gasification of the Balkans makes countries not only more connected, but also brings them closer to the EU.

“Energy reform not only brings benefits for Albania, but it also offers opportunities for transfer of technology. We welcome cooperation between EU countries and increases the investors’ interest”, she added. /balkaneu.com/


In der Türkei finanziert man korrupte Baufirmen ebenso, ohne Liefer Garantie von Gas. Aserbeidschan, kann nicht soviel Gas liefern, um die Pipeline zufüllen

Briefing for the EIB Board of Directors for the EIB
, September 2017

Why the EIB should not finance TANAP?
Dear Board of Directors,
We are writing to you in regards to the Trans Anato
lian Gas Pipeline (TANAP) which is part of the
Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) that is supposed to bri
ng gas from Azerbaijan to Italy. Azerbaijan just
recently hit the news when an investigation by a co
nsortium of journalist revealed facts about the
“Azerbaijani Laundromat” in early September
TANAP does not guarantee energy security
Additionally, the Southern Gas Corridor fails to ge
nuinely contribute to European energy security. The
Energy Union, a priority project of the current Com
mission, has among its objectives a) the diversific
of energy sources, b) the EU becoming less dependen
t on energy imports, c) making the EU the world
number one in renewable energy and leading the figh
t against global warming. Building the SGC does not
help on any of these objectives: just replacing one
gas supplier (Russia) by another (Azerbaijan) upho
the dependence on energy imports. It is no diversif
ication of energy sources, especially since the Rus
company Lukoil owns 10 percent in the Azeri Shah De
niz field which will feed the SGC. A real
diversification would be to replace gas as much as
possible by increased energy efficiency and renewab
Especially Eastern Europe, which depends very much
on Russian gas, still has huge potential for gains
In addition, a study from the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies from July 2016 found that the gas reserves of Azerbaijan are not sufficient to feed the pipeline for its lifetime and more gas will have to be im ported from other countries
. Ironically in the light of the diversification-away-from-Russia argument, one of these countries is likely to be Russia: Turkey and Greece have both signed bilateral agreements that a llow Gazprom gas to be transported through the Southern
Gas Corridor. In addition the deal signed in October 2016 between Turkey and Russia on the Turkish Stream shows that one section of Turkish Stream will be in a position to connect to the planned junction at
Ipsala-Kipoi of the Trans Anatolian pipeline (TANAP) and Trans Adriatic pipeline (TAP). Ultimately this would mean that the Southern Gas Corridor might bebuilt with strong public support to diversify gas supply away from Russian gas, only to allow Russian gas into the pipeline once it is readily built.
Dear Directors, as Board members you should ensure that those concerns are being seriously addressed. Therefore, we call on you to suspend the appraisal process of TANAP and not to enter into a deal which is likely to become a black hole for EU public finance and a threat to EIB’s reputation.


Caspian Gas, TANAP and TAP in Europe’s Energy Security
by Ariel Cohen*

Caspian Gas, TANAP and TAP in Europe’s Energy Security
by Ariel Cohen*

The Southern Gas Corridor, a Broken EU Project: Recent Developments and Current Status

Wissenschaftler fordern das die Beendigung der Mafia Gas Pipeline TAP wo Camorra und Nghradeta dabei sind

Ein reines Mafia Projekt, der Aserbeischanischen, Italienischen, Albanischen Mafia mit den korrupten Banden der EIB, EBRD wo bereits 5 Milliarden € Kredite garantiert wurden, es zig dubiose Verantwortliche auch in der Schweiz gibt, wo die Norweger mit Statoil und BP schon ausstiegen, ihre Anteile verkauften.


EU-Ratten, welche damit Geld verdienen, als Erpressungs Kartell!

Bildergebnis für agtm agency for the Cooperation of energy regulators

Agentur für die Zusammenarbeit der Energieregulierungsbehörden (ACER)


  • Steinar Solheim steinar.solheim@yara.com;
  •  Simon Blakey simon.blakey@eurogas.org;
  • Dr Albrecht Wagner  wagner@wecom.at;
  • Dr Marc Oliver Bettzüge claudia.jansen@ewi.uni-koeln.de;
  • Péter Kaderják pkaderjak@uni-corvinus.hu;
  • László Varró Laszlo.varro@iea.org;
  • Colin Lyle colin.lyle@efet.org;
  • Jan  Ingwersen Jan.Ingwersen@entsog.eu;
  • Vittorio Musazzi vittorio.musazzi@entsog.eu;
  • Dr Konstantin Petrov konstantin.petrov@kema.com;
  • Doug Wood doug.wood@bp.com;
  • Wim Groenendijk  w.p.groenendijk@gasunie.nl;
  • Dr Michael Kehr michael.kehr@net4gas.cz;
  • Francisco de la Flor  fpflor@enagas.es;
  • Sylvie Denoble-Mayer sylvie.denoble-mayer@gdfsuez.com;
  • Dr. Lutz Landwehr  Lutz.Landwehr@tap-ag.com; !!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Jean-Michel Glachant  Jean-Michel.Glachant@EUI.eu;
  • Nico Keyaerts Nico.Keyaerts@EUI.eu;
  • Walter Boltz walter.boltz@e-control.at;
  • Zsuzsanna Szeles Zsuzsanna.Szeles@e-control.at;
  • Markus Krug markus.krug@e-control.at;
  • Bernhard Painz bernhard.painz@e-control.at;
  • Karoline Entacher Karoline.Entacher@e-control.at

Die Mafia-Gas-Pipeline

Geplanter Verlauf der TAP. Grafik: Genti77. Lizenz: CC BY-SA 3.0

Proteste gegen TAP in Süditalien

In San Basilio di Melendugno (Apulien) protestierten vorletzte Woche an die 500 Umweltaktivisten gegen die Bauarbeiten der 45 Milliarden Euro teuren TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline, das Endstück des sogenannten Southern Gas Corridors). Es ist ein Schlüsselprojekt für Europas Gasversorgung, da sie ab 2020 Gas aus dem Aserbaidschan nach Italien und Europa transportieren und damit Westeuropa autonomer und vom russischen Gazprom-Erdgas unabhängiger machen soll. Dazu sollen tausende alte und sehr wertvolle Olivenbäume samt Wurzeln gerodet und nach Abschluss der Bauarbeiten an ihrem ursprünglichen Standort wieder eingepflanzt werden.

Doch dieses Projekt birgt angeblich viele Leichen im Keller und steht im Zusammenhang mit einem Netzwerk von Managern und Mafiosi, Geldwäschern, russischen Oligarchen und Politikern aus der Schweiz, wie ein Bericht der Wochenzeitung L‘Espresso offenbarte. Das hat eine Delegation der Partei Sinistra Italiana (SI) dazu bewogen, bei der Staatsanwaltschaft von Lecce Beschwerde einzureichen. Vorerst wurden die Bauarbeiten gestoppt.

211 Olivenbäume wurden bereits ausgegraben, doch der Gouverneur Apuliens, Michele Emiliano, und mehrere Bürgermeister aus der Gegend, die das Komitee „No TAP“ gegründet haben, halten das für „vollkommen illegal“. Rom sieht allerdings die TAP für Italiens Energieversorgung als strategisch notwendig an. Diese Verordnung und die Seveso-III-Richtlinie verhindern de facto eine Umverlegung der Rohre nach Brindisi, wie von den Umweltaktivisten gefordert. Sie befürchten eine Verunstaltung der Landschaft durch die Bohrungen im Meeresboden und eine Belästigung der Meeresschildkröten in ihrer Eiablage.




Traditions kriminelle Clans, erhalten u.a. von der EU im Gegenzug, Infrastruktur Programme, Wasser Strassen, für ihre Betrugs Villen Projekte an der Küste und immer ohne jede Kontrolle. Phantom Bauten, wie in Süd Italien als Vorbild und noch viel schlimmer.
Gigantische Gerichts Verfahren laufen heute schon in Italien gegen diese Bestechungs und Betrugs Banden, was an frühere Windparks der Italienischen Mafia in Albanien erinnert. U.a. gegen den Italienischen EU Abgeordneten: Luca Volonte ebenso.
Die EU-Commission,  lässt sich direkt bestechen, wo „Kaviar“ noch das Harmloseste ist, ebenso die korrupten OSCE Abgesandten, wo Wolfgang Grossruck ebenso an vordester Stelle stand.
Deshalb schreiben die korrupten EU Leute, ständig geschönte Berichte über Albanien, weil Viele gut geschmiert sind, heute die grössten Verbrecher Organisation darstellen, welche vor Nichts mehr zurückschreckt, wie Mazedonien, oder der Maidan zeigte.

Der Anti Mafia Chef von Italien: Mario Mauro, wird im TV,  die EU Aussenministerin Frederica Mogherini, kritisieren, eine Landsmännin, mit direkt Verbindungen zur Super Italienischen Mafia. 2015, danach verkaufte auch Statoil, weil Aufträge, ohne Kompetenz, ohne Ausschreibung an die Prominenz von Mafia Baufirmen vergeben wurde. Absturz von BP, Statoil mit der Sizilianischen „Cosa Nostra“ und Albaner Mafia mit der TAP Gas Pipeline

Brussels, Belgium — In an open letter released today, climate scientists, indigenous leaders, environmental and social justice groups, actors and artists call on the European Union to immediately withdraw its support for a gas mega-pipeline that would ‘destroy Europe’s climate targets’.

While European leaders criticised the United States for pulling out of the Paris Agreement, the letter points to Europe’s failure to honour the accord by supporting fossil fuel projects such as the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP):

„Instead of rapidly reducing emissions as the Paris Agreement demands, TAP would lock Europe into fossil fuels for decades. Given that existing fossil fuel operations already exceed the carbon budget left to avoid catastrophic, irreversible changes to our climate, there is no justification for new fossil fuel infrastructure, especially on the scale of the Southern Gas Corridor.“

The signatories of the letter including renowned climate scientist James Hansen, actor Mark Ruffalo, authors Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein as well as Italian hip hop group 99 posse, call on the European Commission to withdraw its support for the pipeline. They also urge the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) that are considering financing the project to refrain from providing taxpayer-funded financial backing for the project.

Internationally recognised scientist Johan Rockström, director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, endorsed the call of the letter, saying:

„A roadmap to meet the Paris Agreement of staying ‘well below 2°C’ will require halving global emissions every decade. Ramping up investment in fossil fuel infrastructure such as the TAP is inconsistent with the science of 2°C and therefore inconsistent with a goal of attempting to reduce the risk of dangerous climate change.“

TAP is part of the EU’s energy flagship project Southern Gas Corridor, a system of mega-pipelines scheduled to start operating in 2020 and bring 10 billion cubic metres of gas from Azerbaijan to Europe a year. Construction works in Southern Italy were met with fierce resistance. [1] Thousands of local residents came to the site every day to block the operations. The battle is expected to continue when the works are attempted to be resumed again at the end of the tourism season.

For more information, contact:

Elena Gerebizza, Energy Campaigner Re:Common, egerebizza@recommon.org, +39 340 670 53 19

Adriana Paradiso, Counter Balance, adriana.paradiso@counter-balance.org, + 32 4 655 768 76

Bulgarien schliesst sich dem Griechischen TAP Gas Korridor an

Bulgaria targets early-2018 to begin construction on Greece gas inter-connector

By   6 days ago

Mafia Projekte der Weltbank, EU: HEC Wasserkraftwerke in Naturschutz Gebieten in Albanien

Überall sind diese verbrecherischen Projekte der Weltbank ein grosses Problem und Kredit Betrug immer dabei mit den Mafia Baufirmen. siehe auch TAP Gas Pipeline der vollkommen korrupten EU Commission. Einzige Voraussetzung:  Verbrecher Clans als Partner, wo der vollkommen korrupte Verbrecher Frank Walter Steinmeier ein System Verbrecher mit Mördern, Drogen Bossen, War Lords ist.

Frank Walter Steinmeier IQ, Elmar Brok war mit den Ober Nazi Mörder ebenso auf dem Maidan
Frank Walter Steinmeier IQ, Elmar Brok war mit den Ober Nazi Mörder ebenso auf dem Maidan

Vollkommen korrupt: Energie Minister Damian Gjiknuri

Southern Gas Corridor / Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline

The route and the three pipelines of the Southern Gas Corridor.

Key points

    • Project is slated to receive unprecedented support from public finance institutions. more >>

    • Project would widen surplus in Europe’s gas import infrastructure and likely turn into stranded asset. more >>

    • Gas to come from Azerbaijan, but deal will strengthen repressive Aliyev regime. Human rights defenders to take the brunt. more >>

    • Web documentary shows project not needed, highlights opposition and alternatives to pipeline. more >>

  • Plans raise fears over high security, militarised corridor across Turkey and damage to tourist economy in South Italy. Fierce opposition by Italian mayors. more >>


Record loans from public banks

Click to see larger image


Key facts

Costs: estimated at USD 45 billion
Length: 3500 km
Capacity: 16 billion cbm of gas annually


  • South Caucasus Pipeline extension (SCPx): Azerbaijan-Georgia
  • Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP): Turkey
  • Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP): Greece-Albania-Italy

Gas supply

  • Azerbaijan: Shah Deniz gas field, located in the Caspian Sea
  • Turkmenistan: maybe at a later stage
  • Iran: has been mentioned

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved USD 200 million for the Shah Deniz stage 2 gas field. It also considers USD 1.5 billion for TAP (1bn syndicated to commercial banks) and may consider support for TANAP.

Together with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the EBRD also approved USD 1 billion for Shah Deniz stage 2 – half of the amount syndicated to commercial banks.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) considers EUR 2 billion for TAP and EUR 1 billion for TANAP.

The World Bank considers a USD 1 billion loan for TANAP.

und Deutsche Gangster immer dabei

Nachdem er bei den Wahlen 2009 nicht mehr für den Bundestag kandidierte, übernahm Lintner die Leitung als Geschäftsführer der “Gesellschaft zur Förderung der deutsch – aserbaidschanischen Beziehungen mbH”.

Eduard Lintner (2013)

Eduard Lintner ist ein deutscher Politiker. Er war von 1991 bis 1998 Parlamentarischer Staatssekretär beim Bundesminister des Innern und von 1992 bis 1998 Drogenbeauftragter der Bundesregierung. Wikipedia
Deutsche Verbrecher mit Mafia Gestalten
Bako steinmeier
Herrscher Alijew (mit Bundesaußenminister Steinmeier, 2014): Sechs Milliarden

Albanians Rally Against Power Plants and Trash Imports

Albanian singers and artists joined protests in Tirana and Valbona against waste imports and planned hydropower plants in the Valbona national park.


3 HEC-e vazhdojnë punën në Parkun Kombëtar të Valbonës (Foto)

Në Parkun Kombëtar të Valbonës, që prej 28 shtatorit, tre HEC-e kanë ngulur tabelat e lejes së ndërtimit – të miratuara me datë 8 shtator – dhe kanë filluar punimet.

aus 2003, wie die Politik Show aussieht der Westlichen Verbrecher Banden

U.S. Urges Gov’t to Keep Pressure on Crime Lords
Tirana, October 28, 2003 – The U.S. ambassador warned Albanian crime lords on Monday that the international community was hunting them down and urged Albania to continue to pursue them because crime would harm its bid to join the West.

Albania became a key smuggling route for drugs, people and guns into Western Europe after the fall of communism and its weak and corrupt judiciary is often accused of letting criminals go free.

“Crime is still destroying your country and challenging its ability to enter Western bodies,“ Ambassador James Jeffrey said in a speech to trainee judges in a seminar on people trafficking, NBC reported.

“We also have a message for the crime lords: We know or will soon learn who you are. My government, our European partners and the Albanians, are after you,“ Jeffrey said.

Albania has been rocked recently by several murders of top businessmen, which have not been solved, and the gunning down of the chief prosecutor’s driver, in what is believed to be a warning by crime organisations to their investigators.

aus http://www.southeasteurope.org/

EBRD, EIB Desaster: TAP Probleme ohne Ende. Statoil, will seinen Anteil verkaufen

Statoil will seinen Anteil verkaufen, denn Real kann man kein Gas über Italien nach Europa bringen und dann die Super Aserbeischanische Mafia, wo jedes Wort über Menschenrechte, Demokratie ein Schimpfwort ist. Statoil ist auch an dem Aserbeischanischen Gas Feld beteiligt, was das Ganze in einem merkwürdigem Licht erscheinen lässt.

Rote Karte für die EU und Aserbeischanischen Mafia, welche Super auch mit Kaviar bei jedem Besuch die EU und OSCE Verbrecher schmiert.

EU Mafia, und die Finanzierung der Gaspipeline TAP und andere Projekte

The TAP partners are: SOCAR (20%), BP (20%), Statoil (20%), Fluxys (16%), Total (10%), E.ON (9.0%) and Axpo (5.0%).

‚We have no other option‘ – Preparation of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline in Albania

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The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), the most western part of the Southern Gas Corridor, a pipeline project to bring gas from Azerbaijan to Europe is promoted by the European Commission as a strategic asset for Europe’s energy security. A July visit to over 30 Albanian villages revealed the high level of dissatisfaction and confusion for people impacted by the construction of TAP. “We have no other option” was the most common way locals expressed their perception of the project and the ongoing resettlement process.

Croatia, Bosnia, Albania, Montenegro, Azerbaijan Sign Southern Gas Corridor Pact


Azerbaijan, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro signed on Tuesday a memorandum of understanding on the development of the so called Southern Gas Corridor, Zagreb-based state-run broadcaster HRT reported.

Also on Tuesday, the Shah Deniz consortium announced the final investment decision (FID) for the second stage development of the Shah Deniz gas field in the Caspian Sea, offshore Azerbaijan.

The FID triggers plans to expand the South Caucasus Pipeline through Azerbaijan and Georgia, to build the Trans Anatolian Gas Pipeline (TANAP) across Turkey and to build the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) across Greece, Albania and into Italy. Together these projects, as well as gas transmission infrastructure to Bulgaria, will create a new Southern Gas Corridor to Europe, the Shah Deniz consortium said.

The Shah Deniz co-venturers are: BP, operator (28.8%), SOCAR (16.7%), Statoil (15.5%), Total (10%), Lukoil (10%), NICO (10%) and TPAO (9.0%).

The TANAP partners are expected to be: SOCAR, operator (68%), BOTAS (20%) and BP (12%) following the purchase of TANAP interests by BOTAS and BP that are expected to be completed in 2014.

The TAP partners are: SOCAR (20%), BP (20%), Statoil (20%), Fluxys (16%), Total (10%), E.ON (9.0%) and Axpo (5.0%).

In June, the Croatian foreign ministry said the countries participating in the TAP project as well as in the initiative for the Ionian Adriatic Pipeline would like, in cooperation with Azerbaijan, to enable the supply of Caspian and Azerbaijani gas to Europe and to connect TAP and IAP which would enable the gas supply to run from Greece to Albania and Italy and from Albania to the east coast of the Adriatic.

IAP is a proposed natural gas pipeline in the Western Balkans. It would run from Fier, in Albania, though Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, to Split in Croatia.

Following the announcement of the FID on Shah Deniz II, TAP said its shareholders confirmed that they have passed the Resolution to Construct on the development and construction of the project.

TAP will transport natural gas from Shah Deniz II to Europe along an approximately 870 kilometer long pipeline that will connect with TANAP near the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Southern Italy. TAP’s routing can facilitate gas supply to several South Eastern European countries, including Bulgaria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and others.

UPDATE 1-Statoil to leave TAP gas pipeline project – Azerbaijan’s SOCAR

(Adds details, background)

Norway’s Statoil is to sell its 20-percent stake in the Trans Adriatic Gas Pipeline (TAP) project that will carry gas from Azerbaijan to Europe, the president of Azeri state energy firm SOCAR said.

„Statoil has decided to leave the TAP project completely, and there is a company which is ready to buy its stake,“ Rovnag Abdullayev told Azeri ANS TV late on Friday.

„Several companies have expressed an interest in buying Statoil’s stake, and it would be better if several companies would buy it,“ he added.

Statoil did not comment on the news.

„We generally do not comment on speculations on adjustments to our portfolio,“ Statoil’s spokesman told Reuters.

The TAP pipeline is a part of project that is designed to transport 16 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz II field in the Caspian Sea, one of the world’s largest gas fields, by the end of the decade.

The 870 kilometre (545 mile) pipeline will connect with the Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) near the Turkish-Greek border at Kipoi, cross Greece and Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before reaching southern Italy.

Statoil has already sold its shares in Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz gas field as well as the South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) to SOCAR, BP and Malaysia’s Petronas.

Italian gas infrastructure company Snam said last month that it could take a stake of up to 20 percent in the TAP project that is designed to reduce Europe’s reliance on Russian gas.

CEO Carlo Malacarne said that as gas buyers are signing binding, long-term ship-or-pay contracts for the Azeri gas, the transmission revenue is guaranteed and this opened the way for regulated infrastructure players like Snam to enter the project.


Korruptions Capo: Junckers
Korruptions Capo: Junckers
May 16, 2016
 | by Anna Roggenbuck and Ola Antonowicz-Cyglicki

With an ownership structure heavily influenced by Azerbaijan, the European Commission’s flagship energy project may end up being a costly piece of infrastructure that does not increase Europe’s energy security but offers a tool for political leverage to the authoritarian Aliyev regime.

The EBRD has already approved financial support for the Shah Deniz gas field that will supply the Southern Gas Corridor and the EIB is considering a EUR 2 billion loan for the Trans-adriatic Pipeline (TAP), a European stretch of the SGC. (And rather ironically, the two banks financed almost half of Slovenia’s economic and climate disgrace that is unit 6 at the Šostanj lignite power plant (TEŠ 6).)

EU Mafia, und die Finanzierung der Gaspipeline TAP und andere Projekte

Ohne jede Moral: die EU und US Politik mit Aserbeidschan und der TAP Gas Pipeline



The section of the beach where TAP would hit shore. (Click to see larger image. Source for location: TAP official website.)

In Italy, meanwhile, local communities are concerned that the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will destroy the Apulian coastline and negatively affect the tourism economy, agriculture and fisheries in the area.

The TAP pipeline is supposed to reach land in San Foca in the Melendugno municipality. San Foca has received European Blue Flags for not one but two beaches, awarding water quality and environmental management among others.

Local mayors and their constituencies are viciously opposing the TAP pipeline and the risks of accidents associated with the related infrastructure. Marco Poti, mayor of Melendugno has expressed these concerns in a letter to European institutions in June 2015.

Also the Italian Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Culture have expressed concerns over the pipeline. Nonetheless, the Italian government issued a construction permit in May 2015.


Southern Gas Corridor / Euro-Caspian Mega Pipeline

The route and the three pipelines of the Southern Gas Corridor.

Key points

    • Project would widen surplus in Europe’s gas import infrastructure and likely turn into stranded asset. more >>

    • Gas to come from Azerbaijan, but deal will strengthen repressive Aliyev regime. Human rights defenders to take the brunt. more >>

    • Web documentary shows project not needed, highlights opposition and alternatives to pipeline. more >>

  • Plans raise fears over high security, militarised corridor across Turkey and damage to tourist economy in South Italy. Fierce opposition by Italian mayors. more >>


Key facts

Costs: estimated at USD 45 billion
Length: 3500 km
Capacity: 16 billion cbm of gas annually

Public financing

A predictable stranded asset

Massive new gas infrastructure like this will lock Europe into fossil fuels for decades and will lead to hundreds of millions of tonnes of CO2 emissions.

The EU already has an overall surplus of gas import infrastructure. Especially since the 2007 recession, gas demand has significantly decreased (pdf) and is not expected to bounce back until the 2020’s.

The European Union’s 2050 Energy Strategy expects natural gas imports to further decrease under all scenarios. The 2020’s, when the pipeline is expected to be operational, should already mark a significant reduction in gas demand according to this roadmap.

The Southern Gas Corridor would only widen the surplus in Europe’s gas import infrastructure and likely turn into a liability.

>> Read more:
Pipe dreams – why public subsidies for Lukoil in Azerbaijan will not reduce EU dependency on Russia
Study | January 21, 2015

No security for Europe from the Southern Gas Corridor
Blog post | May 15, 2016


Gas firms lobbied to weakened EU renewables target

Bringing more gas to Europe would be at odds with the EU’s climate leadership aspirations, its emission reduction goals (40% cut by 2030) and its renewables targets (27% in 2030).

This dissonance between the EU’s goals and planned investments is no coincidence. Big energy corporations have a great deal to lose if we shift away from a centralised energy system that depends on fossil fuels.

Gas companies like BP, one of the main companies involved in the Southern Gas Corridor, have lobbied intensively against renewables subsisides and for a greater role for gas in the EU’s energy plans.

>> Read more:
BP lobbied against EU support for clean energy to favour gas, documents reveal
guardian.co.uk | August 20, 2015

Walking the line, Chapter 4.1 Big energy
Web documentary | March 8, 2016


Web documentary

Experience a walk along the pipeline and imagine the devastating consequences for people and the environment from Azerbaijan to Italy if the project is built. Watch the web doc >>

Watch the web doc


Strengthening the dictatorship in Azerbaijan

In Azerbaijan the Aliyev family’s dictatorship has held onto power for the past two decades through a combination of holding fraudulent elections, prosecuting and assaulting critics and curtailing media freedom.

During the October 2013 presidential elections almost 150 political prisoners were behind bars in Azerbaijan. The OSCE criticised the elections for failing to meet international standards on free and fair elections.

Since summer 2014, ahead of the inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan, unprecedented levels of arrests and attacks on civil society, even by Azerbaijan’s standards, have occurred. By 2015 several renowned human rights defenders have been sentenced to years in prison. The OSCE was ordered by Azerbaijan to close their mission in the country. Critical voices, including the guardian and amnesty international, were banned from covering the European Games in Baku.

The EBRD’s founding mandate states that it must only work in countries that are committed to democratic principles. Azerbaijan is proving itself to be the opposite.

Read more in a letter by the Sports for Rights campaign to the EBRD

Khadija Ismayilova, an outspoken critic of the Aliyev regime, has been blackmailed, threatened and arrested.


Azerbaijan downgraded in Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

The Board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a coalition of companies, governments, investors and civil society organisations has unanimously downgraded Azerbaijan to a „candidate country“. Azerbaijan will be suspended from the EITI in April 2016 if it does not comply with a set of requirements that ensure civil society can work freely in the country.

By approving a loan for the Shah Deniz gas field, the EBRD is in fundamental conflict with its own policies that explicitly commit the bank to the EITI process. The EBRD’s Energy Policy states that “[t]he Bank is committed to adhere to best governance, transparency and revenue management standards by requiring its clients to implement the principles and requirements of the EITI.”

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Publish What You Pay: ‚Lukoil loan would fundamentally contradict EBRD policies‘ (pdf)
Advocacy letter | July 21, 2015


Oil, gas, money, power

„[O]il has kept autocrats in power by enabling them to increase spending, reduce taxes, buy the loyalty of the armed forces, and conceal their own corruption and incompetence…“

Micheal L. Ross, ‚The Oil Curse: How Petroleum Wealth Shapes the Development of Nations‚, 2012

Without properly functioning democratic institutions, rule of law and effective checks and balances for the president’s powers, investments in Azerbaijan’s oil and gas sector will further cripple democracy in the country.

Hydrocarbon revenues provide the Aliyevs with the finance needed to pay security forces and establish a secure income and therefore enabled them to ignore citizens’ voices because they are not reliant on those citizens for a tax base.

Human rights activist Rasul Jafarov spoke about this shortly before his arrest. Referring to an earlier mega pipeline project that has equally been criticised, he said:

“Before the oil and gas incomes came to Azerbaijan we had more democracy and freedom. The main income from oil came in 2005 when the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline started to operate. And from that time the situation started to deteriorate.”


>> Read more:
Europe’s Caspian gas dreams – a nightmare come true for human rights in Azerbaijan
Blog post | May 15, 2015

Sport for Rights to EBRD: No public money for Lukoil and mega gas project in Azerbaijan
Advocacy letter | July 20, 2015



The BTC pipeline – will history repeat itself?

The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline project, financed by the EBRD and other public lenders, was touted as a world class model development project and BP, the project sponsor, agreed to standards set by the OECD and the US and UK government’s principles on human rights (pdf).

Yet criticising the BTC pipeline was not tolerated in the three countries involved – Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. While journalists were arrested in Azerbaijan, critics were intimidated, arrested and even tortured in Turkey.

In 2011, the UK government announced that the BTC Company had broken the commitments it had made to international human rights standards. Already in 2010, following a complaint to the U.S. government, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, another project investor, recommended (pdf) that BP needed more precautions to safeguard the pipeline and “to comply with the applicable environmental and social policies and guidelines of the lenders […] and with national law.”

The Oil Road – How a done deal continues to unravel
Bankwatch Mail article | October 8, 2012


Impacts and opposition in transit countries

“I was arrested and tortured for speaking out against the BTC pipeline. If the [Southern Gas Corridor] goes ahead, people living along it will experience the same repression.”

Ferhat Kaya, Turkish activist in the Ardahan province (Source: Platform)


The Trans Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) pipeline will pass through twenty provinces in Turkey. It will create a high security, militarised corridor across the whole country, with costs estimated at USD 11.7 billion.

Although Turkish officials claim that the pipeline will result in higher employment, lessons from the BTC pipeline indicate that locals may rather face loss of land and livelihoods, environmental problems and repression if they dare to protest.



The section of the beach where TAP would hit shore. (Click to see larger image. Source for location: TAP official website.)

In Italy, meanwhile, local communities are concerned that the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will destroy the Apulian coastline and negatively affect the tourism economy, agriculture and fisheries in the area.

The TAP pipeline is supposed to reach land in San Foca in the Melendugno municipality. San Foca has received European Blue Flags for not one but two beaches, awarding water quality and environmental management among others.

Local mayors and their constituencies are viciously opposing the TAP pipeline and the risks of accidents associated with the related infrastructure. Marco Poti, mayor of Melendugno has expressed these concerns in a letter to European institutions in June 2015.

Also the Italian Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Culture have expressed concerns over the pipeline. Nonetheless, the Italian government issued a construction permit in May 2015.


See an overview of the shareholders of Shah Deniz and the three pipelines in this spreadsheet >>


Background: Shareholder companies


With total revenues of USD 358.7 billion for 2014 alone, British Petroleum (BP) is one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies. Yet, it is also renown for Deepwater Horizon, the largest marine oil spill in history.


The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (revenues in 2014: USD 39.7 billion) is one of the strongest Azeri institutions holding the Aliyev dictatorship in place. SOCAR uses its own paramilitary force to silence journalists. It is known for a general lack of transparency and links to the Aliyev dictatorship.


Lukoil is the second largest Russian oil and gas company (revenues in 2013: USD 141.5 billion). Apart from the problem of entrusting a Russian company to diversify the EU away from Russian gas, Lukoil is responsible for numerous oil spills and accidents in Russia, while receiving money from the EBRD.

See an overview of the shareholders of Shah Deniz and the three pipelines in this spreadsheet >>


Blog entry | March 1, 2016

The flashbulbs at Azerbaijan’s official photo opportunities should not blind Europe’s leaders to the country’s accelerated descent into authoritarianism, writes Xavier Sol.

Doch dieses Projekt birgt angeblich viele Leichen im Keller und steht im Zusammenhang mit einem Netzwerk von Managern und Mafiosi, Geldwäschern, russischen Oligarchen und Politikern aus der Schweiz, wie ein Bericht der Wochenzeitung L‘Espresso offenbarte. Das hat eine Delegation der Partei Sinistra Italiana (SI) dazu bewogen, bei der Staatsanwaltschaft von Lecce Beschwerde einzureichen. Vorerst wurden die Bauarbeiten gestoppt.
Tap, mafia e soldi sporchi dietro il gasdotto
Nel contestato maxi-progetto per portare il gas dell’Azerbaijan in Puglia spuntano manager in affari con le cosche, oligarchi russi e casseforti offshore. L’inchiesta integrale sul’Espresso in edicola domenica

sono arrivati nel 2009. I ricercatori avevano chiesto altri atti, ma la Commissione li ha negati «per rispettare segreti industriali, sicurezza e privacy» delle multinazionali interessate.

In copertina, il gioco degli scacchi che oppone i ‚democratori‘ Putin ed Erdogan, spalleggiati da Trump, in campo contro l’Europa: un dossier di grandi firme per capire che speranze e opzioni ha il nostro continente per resistere a chi vuole indebolirlo. Tra gli altri servizi, l’inchiesta di Paolo Biondani e Leo Sisti sul „mafiodotto“: nel contestato maxi-progetto per portare il gas dall’Azerbaijan in Puglia spuntano manager in affari con le cosche, oligarchi russi e casseforti di offshore #domenicaEspresso

The huge money laundering and bribery operation that is the Azerbaijani Laundromat was used to deflect criticism of the Azerbaijani regime’s horrendous human rights record. Multiple beneficiaries of this dirty money hold strategic positions for the Southern Gas Corridor project, including the chairman of Azerbaijan’s state-owned Southern Gas Corridor CJSC company as well as a board member of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) which is currently considering a USD 500 million loan to this very company for the realisation of TANAP, the middle section of this massive gas pipeline.

In less than a month, on October 18, the EBRD board is scheduled to be voting on this loan. On the same day, the board of directors of the European Investment Bank could be deciding on a EUR 2 billion loan, Europe’s largest ever loan, to TAP, the western leg of the pipeline.

The opposition to spending public money for this controversial project has become stronger and stronger by the day and was join by leading climate defenders Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, James Hansen and others through an open letter that you can sign as well.

EU Mafia und Aserbeidschan: Azerbaijan’s crackdown on civil society must not be tolerated

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