January 31, 2022.
The document (“contract award notice”) for an important and high-value public tender [the “Procurement for the upgrading of the Soroksár (incl.)– Kelebia (country border) railway line EPC contract" in the Belgrade-Budapest railway project"] is not among the documents made public by the Hungarian public procurement authority (https://kozbeszerzes.hu/adatbazis/keres/hirdetmeny/). The details of this contract are only available in the EU TED database (https://ted.europa.eu/udl?uri=TED%3ANOTICE%3A273581-2019%3ATEXT%3AHU%3AHTML&src=0&). The value of this contract is more than 2 billion USD.
This public tender was won by a company (RM International ltd) indirectly owned by a childhood friend of Viktor Orbán (Lőrinc Mészáros) in a consortium with two other companies. Among the subcontractors are three companies partially owned by Lőrinc Mészáros (R-Kord ltd; V-Híd ltd; FEJÉR-B.Á.L. ltd), and one company owned by his son-in-law (Vasútvill ltd). Another subcontractor is a company founded by the father of Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó in 1991 and directly co-owned by him until 2012 (Vasútépítők ltd). If this contract is not taken into account, the value of public contracts won by crony (MGTS+) companies alone or in consortia with other companies represents 25% of the total net value of public contracts in 2019. If this contract is included, the share is 38 percent.
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Data of contract analysed: (csv)