The Broilo (the Electricity Monitor) scandal means only one thing – trade in influence, through a criminal association in the Solar Cartel. Companies founded by Dimitar Kovachevski and his family connections turn over millions of sums in the energy business, while Macedonia is on its knees, and the impoverished people struggle every day to survive, stressed Mile Lefkov, MP and member of the VMRO-DPMNE Executive Committee.
Pixel Group – a company founded by Kovachevski and his godfather Goran Paunov, along with the company EP-EOL Quasar, a company only owned by his best man Paunov, are involved in businesses worth 26 million euros!
In the Solar Cartel, Kovachevski and his godfather Paunov, after founding the PiKCELL Group, in 2018 build a factory for the production of photovoltaic panels in Kochani.
Here is proof of that – a photo from the opening of the factory, on which you can see how the duo Kovachevski – Paunov celebrate the official opening of the company with a cake.
The company becomes central in the business, around which 26 million euros revolve. The Broilo scandal is a scheme that shows how the PiKCELL Group and the EP-EOL Quasar Solar Cartel diverted the funds.
Only from state tenders in the past few years, these companies collected 1.8 million euros.
In 2021, when Dimitar Kovachevski is the Deputy Minister of Finance, EP-EOL Quasar makes an agreement with EVN, over which Kovachevski as Prime Minister now has mandated ownership through the state share in EVN, namely a contract for the performance of works and the delivery of photovoltaic panels, in value of over 2 million euros.
“The company is registered under the name AE Solar AD Tetovo, as a joint venture of Pixel Group, which owns 40%, and a company from Bulgaria owns 60%. Gorancho Paunov, Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski’s best man, has already been appointed as one of the two CEOs of AE Solar AD Tetovo. PiKCELL Group’s investment should be 21.6 million euros, according to the percentage of participation.
With that, Kovachevski, as prime minister, will sign a contract for state aid, to his best man Gorancho Paunov as executive director of the company, in which 40% of the ownership belongs to PiKCELL Group, founded together with Kovachevski!
And all this is happening in a period after another Bulgarian company announced an investment in FEC Oslomej, where the state is a partner with 18.5%. And for which investment the Bulgarian partner company of Pixel Group boasted on their website. So the question arises, will the panels produced in the factory in Tetovo end up in FEC Oslomej, where the state is represented with 18.5%? And what is the role of Kovachevski, who appears as the founder of the company that is in the circle of business interests from this scheme, but now also as prime minister?
And secondly, will the factory in Tetovo, in which the Pixel group founded by Kovachevski is the owner, monopolize the market for the production and sale of photovoltaic panels?