The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRNP) released the report „Skopje 2014 investigated“. It says in it that the Ministry of Culture and the Government’s Service for General and Common Works have spent most of the funds on the Skopje 2014 project, because they figure as investors in some of the largest buildings: The VMRO Museum, the Old Theater, the Constitutional Court, the Philharmonic building and the new façade on the Government’s buildings.
According to the documents, the most expensive object that is part of Skopje 2014 is the building the houses the Constitutional Court, the State Archives and the Archaeological Museum. That building costs more than 42 million euro.
Thee million euro less is the cost of the Macedonian Philharmonic building, at 39 million and the Old Theater, which according to the documents costs over 37 million euro, which have been amounted to through 85 contracts.
The biggest mark on Skopje 2014 was left by the sculptor Valentina Stevanovska, author of the Porta Makedonija and Warrior on a Horse, the monuments on Phillip the Second square, seven sculptures on the bridge called the Eye, the gazebo, the Hristo Tatarchev monument and the Warrior in Gazi Baba. According to the available documents, Stevanovska had earned almost 3 million euro- a sum that includes the costs of producing the monuments.
The company Neimar Inzenering is second on the list, after Stevanovska. According to data from the Central Registry, the owner of the company is Ana Kedeva-Petrova, sister of the famous heart surgeon Sashko Kedev who was a candidate in the presidential elections in 2004 and who is a former Member of Parliament from the ranks of VMRO-DMPNE.
The most expensive façade, according to BIRN is that of the Government’s building. According to calculations, it costs more than 15 million euro which is three times more than all facades in the city center combined.
Skopje 2014 has:
– 30 investors
– 117 companies
– 9 bronze-casting shops
– 130 authors of proposal projects
The entire project amounts to 567 million euro.