Assemblyman calls for investigation into contracts awarded to Elios Zrt.

March 5, 2015


Elios Zrt., the company owned by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s son-in-law, István Tiborcz (pictured here drinking homemade pálinka with his father-in-law), which is under scrutiny by the National Police Investigation Office after winning a series of public tenders, was awarded two contracts relating to the renovation of the Dunaújváros football stadium, according to local assemblyman Zsolt Szabó (Dialogue for Hungary – PM).

At a press conference today, Szabó said an Elios-led consortium won last year’s public tender to “upgrade the lighting of the field so as to make it suitable for color television broadcasts” for HUF 190 million.  A second, smaller contract was awarded to the Prime Minister’s son-in-law’s company in February this year to install a new score monitor for just under HUF 25 million.  (Hungarian public procurement law only prescribes public tenders in cases exceeding HUF 25 million).

Szabó wishes to examine with experts whether the amounts of the contracts are in keeping with market prices.  He is demanding that the local government disclose all relevant details.

The PM politician pointed out that Dunaújváros is in the process of undertaking a HUF 600 million renovation, and that “for the sake of the Prime Minister’s hobby” it spends HUF 150 million supporting the local football team each year.

By comparison the local government spent HUF 350 million on social-related expenditures last year, according to the assemblyman.