An audit detects irregularities in the Costa Brava water consortium

An audit detects irregularities in the Costa Brava water conso

An audit has detected accounting and management irregularities in the Consortium of the Costa Brava (CCB), which is responsible for water supply in the 27 municipalities of the Girona coast. The report analyzes the 2014 accounts. Not only of the consortium – where the Diputación is present – but also of the two companies that hang from it, and that have mixed capital.

The audit, which has been made public by the CUP , questions whether the consortium awarded contracts without public tender. In addition, it concludes that there are practices that favor the private part of companies. For example, they do not pay rent or they have not contributed amounts that they had committed to pay. Among these, a loan of 3 MEUR, 250,000 euros for non-refundable investments or up to 1.5 MEUR to finance works.

The deputy of the CUP, Lluc Salellas, demands immediate resolution of the irregularities and asks the Diputación to purge responsibilities.

The CUP has once again put water management in the spotlight. This time, with the Consortium of the Costa Brava, the entity formed by the Diputación de Girona and 27 coastal coastal municipalities. The training has made public an internal audit that oversees the 2014 accounts. The report analyzes the accounts of the entity, but also those of the two mixed capital companies where the Consortium has a stake. And that, in fact, they were born through him.

The first is the Mixed Company d’Aigües de la Costa Brava SA (EMACBSA). This company, which has a private partner, is responsible for purifying wastewater and maintaining the sanitation systems of the Consortium. The second one is ABASTEM in Alta Costa Brava Empresa Mixta SA (ABASTEM). A firm that manages the service in high, carries out works and where they have participation private Aqualia and Sorea.

The audit passes the scalpel by the budgets, contracts and documentation of 2014. And concludes that, throughout that year, up to 26 breaches were carried out. Some of them, for example, those related to personnel, are the result of administrative errors or withholdings of IRPF that were not carried out. But there are others – and this is where the CUP puts the focus – that go directly into contractual and accounting issues. Above all, those that refer to the relationship between the Consortium and the two mixed companies that provide services to it.

No budget or contest

No budget or contest

From the outset, the audit highlights that the cost of the water sanitation service that EMACBSA invoiced to the consortium (in total, 10.52 MEUR) was made without a prior budget. In addition, apart from that, the report also questions how the works were paid. According to the contract, EMACBSA assumed the maintenance and maintenance costs of the network. And the Consortium, for its part, paid for improvements and extensions.

However, as reflected in the audit, that year there were up to 53 works classified as ‘improvements’, which had a cost of 724,368.32 euros (and, therefore, fully paid the CCB). But as the auditors indicate, nowhere does it say if these jobs were really for improvement – and therefore, they were in charge of the consortium – or they corresponded to maintenance – and therefore, they had to be paid by EMACBSA.

In relation to this company, the audit also calls into question that the contracting system for the works was the most appropriate, and asks why some did not go out to public tender. In addition, the report emphasizes that “recurrent services are processed as in minor contracts, a procedure that can not be the most agreeable in terms of public contracting.”


Up to 620% more benefits

As for ABASTEM, the audit again highlights irregularities that it had already encountered with the other joint venture. In this case, the firm billed the Consortium 312,433.65 euros for improvement works. And as it had also happened with EMACBSA, it does not appear anywhere if this was really the typology of the work (or it was about maintenance work).

In addition, the audit shows that, throughout 2014, the revenues and expenses budgeted by ABASTEM present “very significant increases” with respect to what was collected by the project that was submitted to qualify for the service. And that in no case, “would be justified by the increases in the CPI”. In fact, the report comes to detect deviations of up to 620% with net benefits. On the project, they had been calculated at 28,000 euros. And at the close of 2014, they were more than 200,000.

The audit also reveals that there are contracts to sign on certain services and that the private party, as initially collected, should have financed works included in the Service Improvement Master Plan, contributing up to 1.5 MEUR. An amount that was set in 2009, when ABASTEM was born, and that five years later had not been paid. “This contribution from the private partner has not been made since the investments planned in the Master Plan have not materialized,” the report states.

Neither rent nor loan

Neither rent nor loan

Among the irregularities detected within the CCB and the two joint ventures, it also appears that none of the private partners of EMACBSA or ABASTEM pay rent for the premises they use. And that there are agreements that the private party has not complied with either. For example, EMACBSA had to provide a loan of 3 MEUR three months after the company was incorporated, which would be returned in ten years. Well, in 2014, eight years after EMACBSA was created, “this loan has not been provided,” the report indicates.

In addition, the private partner of the firm also committed to allocate 250,000 euros to fund lost for improvements and replacements. “These investments do not show that they have been carried out,” says the audit.

Without allegations

Without allegations

The results of the audit, to which the Consortium did not present allegations, passed through the plenary session of the Provincial Council of Girona in September. The CUP, however, has decided to make it public now to highlight “the lack of political will of the Diputación at the time of wanting to explain to the public the functioning and management of its dependent entities”. The critical formation of the audit that appears to benefit the private part of the companies, and its deputy Lluc Salellas has already asked to be resolved “immediately detected irregularities.”

The CUP, however, does not stay here. Salellas asks the County Council to purge “those responsible for this malpractice.” In addition, Salellas remembers that, precisely, this 2016 expires the contract that the Consortium has with EMACBSA, and asks that it not be renewed. “It’s an opportunity to rethink the existing model and not repeat mistakes like those that have brought us here; as CUP, we are opposed to extending this service in a joint venture, “he concluded.

“Bad things done, without serious consequences”

"Bad things done, without serious consequences"

The president of the Consortium of the Costa Brava, Carles Pàramo, has admitted that the 2014 audit collects “bad things” in the day-to-day management, but “without serious consequences”. Pàramo recalled that, precisely, they were the ones who commissioned the evaluation report, because the control of the accounts is part of “normality”.

It also ensures that the conclusions of the audit, rather than “reporting irregularities,” what they do is “put doubts about points that are being debated for years,” as if you have to make public contracts or that the private party pays rent. On why they did not present allegations, Pàramo does not go in and simply says that this is the work of the Consorcio’s technicians, because he, as a politician, escapes from it.


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Term life insurance: Early completion makes sense

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Can Ricart accelerates its slow revival for 2017

Can Ricart accelerates its slow revival for 2017

The old Can Ricart factory in Poblenou is looking for a new opportunity. The historic industrial site, which occupies a space equivalent to four islands of the Eixample, has suffered all kinds of vicissitudes since it was saved in extremis after an intense neighborhood struggle. Arson, occupations, demolitions and even frustrated projects such as the House of Languages ​​have burdened the resurgence of this industrial site. Now new projects want to revitalize this historic space, declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest in 2008.

The District of Sant Martí constituted last February 23 for the first time the work table of Can Ricart which was attended by representatives of the Universitat de Barcelona (UB), the Eje Pere IV Board, the Institut de Cultura de Barcelona, ​​the art center Hangar, the youth group La Xemeneia, the Association of Neighbors of Poblenou and the European research project Emuve. This common front wants to recover part of the splendor of this factory that has deteriorated by leaps and bounds over the years.

The slow revival of Can Ricart has as a fundamental project the future park of the Humanities and Social Sciences of the UB that is scheduled to start its works later this year or early 2017. The project, which has 7,000 square meters ceded by the City Council for 50 years to the university, is pending the report of the results of the archaeological excavations, there are Roman ruins in the site, and the development of a special plan to be developed throughout this year.

We hope that in 2020 the university park will be consolidated “


“We hope that in 2020 the park will be consolidated. If it is not finished, it should be very advanced by the end of 2019. We believe that at the end of 2017 we could have some elements of the park, the library building would already be very advanced or finished, or the space that would house audiovisual production, ” Gaspar details. Coll , delegate of the rector of the UB for the park of the Humanities and Social Sciences that will mean an expected investment of 15 million euros . “We are working together with all the agents and the UB is a more supportive agent in the neighborhood to help dignify Can Ricart, but the responsibility is not ours alone”, warns Coll.

The City Council takes note and one of its priorities is to dignify this space and to value the industrial heritage of this place as a whole. “Can Ricart is very important, it is one of the few large industrial complexes that remains in Barcelona next to Can Batlló in Sants and Can Batlló in Urgell, and it is also close to the Pere IV axis, which we are revitalizing and construction will soon start. make it more green and pedestrian “, highlights the councilor of the District of Sant Martí and architect, Josep Maria Montaner .

While waiting for the archaeological results made in the ship called Exempt in the Emilia Coranty, Montaner foresees that “the works do not have to be affected” and in the case that any piece of historical value was found, “it would be moved to a museum” .

Audiovisual production, library and coworking

Audiovisual production, library and coworking

The governing delegate of the UB for the Humanities and Social Sciences Park points out that they are still in the phase of “specifying the spaces that will be reflected in the framework document”, but the uses that will be given in the different buildings are on track. Thus, in the ship Exempt is expected to host part of the historical library of the UB, specifically that of incunabula and some manuscripts. There would also be a digital documentation center that “would be related to the neighborhood and other distributions” that would be available to researchers.

Another large space would be devoted to audiovisual communication technologies. “It is planned in some of the ships to make a set that can be offered even to the private sector and help the park’s own financing,” Coll adds.

The third large sector of the park would boost a coworking space with research groups, “a kind of incubator of our research projects and also social entrepreneurship”, says the UB spokesman, who has already launched its digitalization center in another space of Poblenou, in the old factory of Can Jaumandreu , also pending some reform and that makes up the other leg of the university park of the UB.

New Casal de Joves and historical interpretation centers

New Casal de Joves and historical interpretation centers

In addition to the surviving creation center of Visual Arts Hangar, which has rehabilitated buildings, the park of the UB will be accompanied by the new Casal de Joves , which will be managed by the coordinator of youth entities La Xemeneia. In this space has been enabled a meeting room of the Pere IV Axis and is also in “negotiations”, as noted by the council of Sant Martí, so that part of the activities of the closed Ateneu La Flor de Maig are moved to this place .

For this space to begin to fully operate the City has to finish furnishing it and that is why the Administration has already called the tender for the supply and placement of furniture and signage of Casal with a value of 80,998.43 euros.

The municipal government also wants to value the industrial heritage of Can Ricart. For this reason there is a budgeted project of the ICUB of two pieces of the energy system of the old factory that the Museu d’Història de Barcelona will use as interpretation centers. “We will rebuild and interpret these pieces. The project is already there and as far as possible from a financing point of view it will be carried out, “explains Montaner.

Other municipal initiatives that are being activated in the park are the opening of Emilia Coranty Street to Peru Street, once the interior plaza has been enlarged and car parking restricted.

The session also does not close the door to other operators although no solid proposal has been finalized yet. Montaner points out that “there are other investors and other initiatives that wanted to go to Can Ricart” from the “cultural and scientific side, both public and private”.

The neighbors ask to start the works

The neighbors ask to start the works

The neighbors also suggest other uses for the old factory enclosure. Joan Marca , the president of the Neighborhood Association of Can Ricart , proposes to build urban gardens with social uses and the assignment of more spaces for neighborhood initiatives that favor the associative fabric. It also urges the Administration to accelerate the recovery of Can Ricart. “The works should already be underway. We are worried about how this can be financed. At the moment they are all words and we want facts. Can Ricart continues abandoned and destroyed, “Marca says.

For his part, Salvador Clarós , president of the Association of Neighbors of Poblenou , sees with hope the “titanic” work in Can Ricart. “We ask the City Council to commit itself and facilitate the UB project as much as possible. It is an initiative that we guarantee and we all hope it works and does not run aground, “says Clarós, who would also welcome the creation of services such as a restaurant bar that meets the needs of the university campus.

One of the keys for the university park to move forward is financing with an expected investment of 15 million euros. “It’s the million dollar question”, recognizes Coll. Details that it will be possible from different funding sources such as ministerial loans, a line that the Generalitat annually allocates to universities, the PIU (university investment plan), as well as the income already generated by the digitization center of Can Jaumandreu and of the future projects of the Can Ricart park when they are underway.

“We have money to start the first works. The investment planned to finish the Can Ricart project is approximately 15 million. We can keep maintaining a regular investment of 1.5 million per year until we reach a sufficient level of funding that can be supplemented with external projects throughout the year when elements of the park are already functioning, “explains delegate of the rector of the UB for the park of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The private part, pending issue

The private part, pending issue

Another pending issue will be the private part of Can Ricart, the other half of the site not classified as a Cultural Asset of National Interest but as an area of ​​influence. On this issue the councilor of Sant Martí ensures that we must go step by step and the first priority is to agree on public operators. In a second phase would be to know “the intentions of the real estate” but warns that “the buildability of the project planned if carried out is excessive.”

The neighbors also denounce that the private part suffers a serious deterioration and some demolitions are lamenting, like that of a ship last December and that the Neighborhood Association of Can Ricart has broadcast a video denouncing this situation.

Municipal sources detail that the ship that was demolished was not cataloged and they inform that the property “had permission to clean herbs and took advantage of an illegal way to carry out the demolition”.

The president of the Association of Neighbors of Poblenou also requests that the buildings that were not cataloged in the private area should be incorporated into the patrimonial complex and should end up being public.

Can Ricart, which began construction in 1853, was the first large textile steam factory in Poblenou. Now with these new initiatives the old fabirl enclosure wants to start writing a new chapter in the history of the neighborhood.