State institutions were charged 10 times more for heating
A letter received at the official email of SCOOP Macedonia signaled that enormously large amounts of public money have been paid for heating. A whistleblower familiar with this issue decided to report it to us, with a recommendation to investigate the case
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SCOOP team reviewed all whistleblower’s findings. We decided to ask him for a meeting to see if these clues were real.
After long persuasion and guarantees for protection of his identity, we met in a restaurant at the exit of Skopje.
After a short wait, a middle-aged man appeared, visibly frightened for his safety. However, we could notice his determination to share all information of general interest with the public.
Based on this information obtained from the whistleblower, we decided to ask for free access to information.
The whistleblower’s claims turned out to be correct. This was an alarm for the Center for Investigative Journalism SCOOP Macedonia to begin investigating the case. The documents showed that public money was too easily spent for the needs of the Balkan Energy Group. State institutions paid 10 times more than households for heating.
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(The story has been supported by the National Endowment for democracy project “Raising Awareness About Corruption through Investigative Reporting”)