Albania: Authorities to suspend operating permit for 121 companies that exploit minerals, SEE Energy News
Minister of Energy and Industry in Albania has decided to suspend the mining operating permit licenses, which had 121 private enterprises . The decision was made by the Minister Damian Gjiknurija , said official sources of the ministry. According to these , the Ministry of Energy and Industry have been checking how the companies has obtained the licenses for using minerals.
In addition to these 121 licenses which were seized , the authorities have also decided to impose a fine for a few other items . Albanian authorities have even published a complete list of companies that have been fined .
During the audit ,the authorities have identified cases where subjects who were issued permits for mineral extraction didn’t respect the law and didn’t pay their obligations to the state .
Based on the audit results , Gjiknuri signed a suspension of 121 mineral licenses, which is about 16 percent of the total number of permits issued.
Some of these cases had a license that expired and were not extended in time . Generally , these entities have suspended all mineral activities,and although the authorities demanded the rehabilitation of the environment which they destroyed ,that they did not do it .
Source; Serbia Energy See Desk