Сигнално писмо от ГЛАС до посолството на САЩ в Р България
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Н. Пр. Г-жа Марси Б. Рийс
Посланик на САЩ в Р. България
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19 април 2013 г.
Проф. д-р Кръстьо Петков
Sofia, the Republic of Bulgaria
April 17, 2013
THE HONORABLE JOHN F. KERRY
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
2201 C STREET NW
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20520
THE HONORABLE JOSEPH ROBINETTE BIDEN JR.
THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20510
THE HONORABLE MARCIE B. RIES
THE UNITED STATES EMBASSY SOFIA
16, KPZYAK STR., SOFIA 1404
THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA
REFERENCE: AES 3C Maritza East 1 EOOD and ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 AD`s Energy Sector Investments and Business contracts in Bulgaria
In our capacity of members of the GLAS non-governmental organization, registered in Bulgaria, which organization includes more than 150 experts in economics, finances, law, governmental affairs, and public sector issues, are writing to you this letter to alarm you about some problems related to the strategic investments done by two US-registered legal entities for thermal power stations management in Bulgaria, namely AES 3C Maritza East 1 EOOD, on one hand, and ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 AD, on the other.
First, AES 3C Maritza East 1 EOOD has signed a sell-buy contract with the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria in the year 2001. Thus, it became a legal owner
of the former Bulgarian Maritza East 1 Thermal Power Station. Later the contract has been updated and resigned.
Second, in the year 2001, ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 AD has signed a sell-buy contract for buying another Bulgarian thermal power station, namely Maritza East 3 Thermal Power Station, from its former Italian real property owners “Enel”, keeping the same business activity of the station.
Since the beginning of 2013 there has been a proactive public discussion in Bulgaria on both investments mentioned above. Public discussions on these investments shall be considered as a logical repercussion of spontaneous civil protests and demonstrations in our country against high power energy prices and electricity invoices of consumers that are well beyond the reasonable financial and monetary capabilities of consumers. Moreover, the public protests led to the resignation of the Bulgarian Government, composed by the party of GERB /abbreviated in Bulgarian from “Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria”/. There are various criticisms and demands for contracts denunciation signed by the national Governments between 1997-2001 and 2005-2009. Nonetheless, the US-registered companies operating in Bulgaria are also a subject of such a demand and criticism due to suspicions in unfair and monopolistic competition schemes in comparison to other electricity energy producers and generators in the country.
Definitely, procedures and articles described in contracts mentioned above must be subject to a precise legal, financial, and economic analysis before any changes in the contract agreements and relationships are made. However, by the present open and signal letter we would like to draw to your attention one aspect of the contracts with no less importance. According to some legal and media experts in Bulgaria:
The cash resources invested in AES 3C Maritza East 1 EOOD have unknown origin of money;
There is a non-transparent beneficial ownership of the same above-mentioned legal entity (11% of it belongs to an offshore registered legal entity from Cyprus. In some assumptions, the last one is co-owned by beneficiaries from Bulgaria and Russia);
In accordance with the information we have, we think that there is a typical case of money laundering through a legalized criminal scheme of a very large international scale. Moreover, we reckon there is a considerable concealment of strategic financial capital resources and earnings per the scheme becoming widely popular due to the offshore-leaks highlights in the last few weeks.
DEAR PARTNERS FROM THE UNITED STATES:
We respect and appreciate the relationships development between Bulgaria and the United States of America in various aspects: economics, investments, fight against corruption and criminalization of business and commerce. We find that expanding such cooperation is of an esteem advantage for Bulgaria especially in the present crisis period. We hereby believe that principles of democracy used by the U.S. governmental institutions in their relationships and cooperation with its economical and geopolitical partners contribute us to live in a better, fairer, and safer world where freedom is guaranteed.
Thereof, we have to deliver the present open signal to your attention in order to be done very careful revision on factors of the starting conflict between harmed consumers and citizens in Bulgaria, on the one hand, and the national Government, on the other; and between the State of Bulgaria and the U.S. investors considered as unfaithful, too.
Finally, we hope that the legitimacy of the mentioned U.S. investors is going to be verified according to the U.S. national legislation and jurisdiction. And, in case of confirmation of our assumptions and suspicions for money laundering, unfair, and monopolistic competition, we believe corresponding legal and financial measures will be initiated.
On behalf of GLAS
H.E. Eng. RATCHO PETROV
President of GLAS
Deputy Minister of Industry
of the Republic of Bulgaria
(1991-1997) H.E. Prof. KRASTYO PETKOV, Ph.D.
Executive Manager of GLAS
Member of the National Assembly
of the Republic of Bulgaria
President of the Confederation
of Independent Trade Unions
in Bulgaria (1990-1998)