According to the anticoruptie.md in 2014, two mayors from Ocnitsa district and one mayor from Gagauzia bought equipment for the production of biomass and paving tiles on the money of the local environmental inspections. Then the equipment was handed over to the concession for a company free of charge, for a period of 30 or 50 years. As a result, municipalities have not received income from any of those projects, which costed millions of lei.

Earlier, the Crime Moldova’s journalists wrote about how the money from the National Environmental Fund is spent in the article: "Holes" in the National Environmental Fund’s budget: how they are created and by whom? ".

Millions lei for grants

Over the past two years, city halls of Naslavcea, Unguri and Baurci received from local environmental funds more than 10 million lei for the development of various projects and the purchasing the necessary equipment. All three mayor's offices signed contracts with the company Dalimarcom, which won local tenders.

Acquisition contract

20.12.2014

Public tender

Naslavcea, Ocnitsa district

Dalimarcom LLC

Equipment for processing of plastic waste and production of paving tiles and other items

2 976 000

Acquisition contract

03.11.2014

Public tender

Unguri, Ocnitsa district

Dalimarcom
LLC

Equipment for the production of solid fuel from biomass and agriculture’s waste

4 190 999

Acquisition contract

19.05.2014

Public tender

Baurci, ATU Gagauzia

Dalimarcom LLC

Equipment for the production of the solid fuel from biomass

3 090 000

According to the data published on the website of the Public Procurement Agency, Dalimarcom was contracted only with these three municipalities.

Money for the purchasing of the equipment came from environmental funds of Ocnitsa district and ATU Gagauzia. The decisions for allocation money were signed by local councils.

The Baurci case

The first contract with the company Dalimarcom was signed in the Baurci village. The tender was attended by three companies. The former mayor of Baurci Petru Popaz, who signed the contract, said: "The project was implemented and works well. The Dalimarcom company has supplied the equipment, and we produce fuel briquettes and pellets for the garden". According to the former mayor, the main criteria for selecting a winner were not only the low price, but also special equipment requirements that Dalimarcom had fully satisfied. Petru Popaz noted that Dalimarcom ensured the supply of equipment for the automated production of fuel briquettes and pellets, drying wind equipment, biomass shredder and crusher and accessories. The company refused to comment where the equipment was delivered from.

The Unguri case

Another contract was signed by the Unguri village authorities. The decision on the allocation of money (4.2 million lei) for the project from the local environmental fund was taken by village council. The winner of the public tender was required to purchase the two sets of the equipment for manufacture of fuel briquettes and pellets, as well as to train the staff. Three companies participated in the public tender, too. The Dalimarcom’s proposal was the most profitable: it costed 4.19 million lei.

The Naslavcea case

The authorities of the Naslavcea acquired the equipment for the processing of plastic waste and production of paving tiles and other items. The request for a grant from the budget of the local environmental fund was sent to the mayor's office in May 2014. The waste was planned to be obtained from the village’s landfills.

The total project cost amounted to 3.5 million lei: 2,975,000 million lei from the local environmental fund and the rest from the Naslavcea’s budget.

In December there was organized a tender for the selection of the equipment, where participated two companies. This time the company Dalimarcom again offered the lowest price and won.

According to the Public Procurement Agency website, the Naslavcea’s authorities had extend the contract for four times.

The anticoruptie.md claims that there was a large number of violations in addition to the non-compliance of the contract’s terms: the mayor's office has not invested the promised amount of 525,000 lei, the equipment that supposed to be new was used and did not have any warranty or identification data. According to the environmental inspection documents, the project was implemented without documentation of the executed works, examinations and authorizations.

According to the Ministry of Environment, the Dalimarcom company bought the equipment from the two other companies - Armomet and Ronil Grup. After the publication of journalistic investigation data, the Minister of the Environment asked the Prosecutor’s Office to examine all the documents related to the Naslavcea’s case.

The conflict of interests

According to the anticoruptie.md, in a few months after the purchase of all the equipment, it has been transferred to the concession for a period of 30-50 years, in spite of the fact that the equipment was entirely bought on public money (30 -50% of the annual budget of local environmental funds) .

The Baurci’s equipment was transferred to a local company Chitalpa in just two months after signing the contract with Dalimarcom. The Chitalpa also participated in the Naslavcea’s tender. This company was registered in the same month when the contract was signed.

The Baurci residents told that Chitalpa’s owner is the former mayor Petru Popaz. The equipment was purchased and transferred to concession during his mandate. Currently Popaz is a local councilor of the Democratic Party in Baurci.

P popaz.pngPetru Popaz, source: anticoruptie.md

The current Baurci’s mayor Nicolai Karapir said that the former mayor was in the mayor’s office and left the information that should be transferred to the journalists. "Anyway he wrote only that corresponds to his interests, but the conditions of the concession were not favorable for the mayor's office. He signed a contract for 50 years and doesn’t pay neither rent nor taxes. He signed a contract in his own favor" – Karapir said. He also noted that the municipality intends to terminate the contract.

Karapir also said that the contract requires the concessionaire to give to the local public institutions 15% off for briquettes and pellets: "But still none of public institutions was equipped with the necessary biomass heating equipment". He argues that the former mayor sells pellets and fuel briquettes to the private sector.

Public investment to some private pockets

At the Unguri all the equipment for the production of biomass was transferred to the concession even before it has been installed. According to the anticoruptie.md, in November 2013, the local council has signed a contract on public-private partnership "to collect the vegetable waste" with ICS Vilagos LLC. Two companies made offers: the Vilago LLC and the Anghelina JSC. This two companies also took a part in the Baurci’s tender. Furthermore, both the bidders have the same address and the same CEO.

The Vilagos received all the equipment in concession for 30 years. Conform the contract, the company is obliged to collect the waste in the Unguri and nearby villages. The company must also provide individuals with biofuels with 15% off of the market prices, but not more than 120 tons per month". The contract also provides a 20% discount for the public institutions, but there were no such projects for the public institutions.

Even the firm that lost the tender Anghelina JSC in fact won something. The company has received the equipment for processing of plastic waste and production of paving tiles and other items to the concession for 50 years in Naslavcea. The company was to sale the polymer tiles with a 5% discount for individuals, and with a 10% discount for the public institutions.

According to the authors of the investigation, the equipment has not been established in the Naslavcea, but in the Unguri village where is situated the Vilagos technical storage. The Naslavcea’s mayor Fedor Mironov said that such decision was taken after local residents organized a protest against the installation of the equipment. The local council decided to install equipment outside of the village. In addition, the mayor does not know whether the installed equipment is working at the moment.

The anticoruptie.md claims that the company Dalimarcom appears in the list of sponsors the Liberal Democratic Party’s election campaign, donating 100 thousand lei on 30 November 2014.

The original article "Millions thrown on fire: how a private business on public money in three villages in Moldova was set up " has been published on the website anticoruptie.md

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