The family companies of the Fidesz mayor of a small village in Somogy were also the winners of the TOP tenders for which criminal proceedings are pending against István Boldog.
The settlements of the 4th constituency of Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County, which can be considered the territory of Boldog István, have announced a series of tenders for communication and marketing tasks in recent years. The applications running in the Regional Development Operational Program (TOP) have been won several times by companies operating in a small village in Somogy a few hundred kilometers away. The businesses are owned by the Fidesz mayor and wife of Zákány near the Drava. BolPlan Kft. Was founded in December 2017 by Szabolcs Jankó, a delegate of the Fidesz national committee in Somogy, and a member of the village branch of the party – its chairman is István Boldog. The company, established for consulting and communication tasks, was able to show nice results already in the first year, in 2018 it could record a revenue of HUF 15.4 million. Jankó and his wife also started another business, in which only his wife was present since 2016, The Phoenix Day Marketing Kft. This has nearly doubled its revenue of 26.1 million in 2016 to one year, and by 2018 it has topped 65.4 million. According to the crown witness who made an indictment in the criminal proceedings against Boldog István, the soaring of the mentioned companies is clearly related to the TOP orders. Former Mayor Szilárd Nagy claims that in the TOP tenders of the affected settlements, not only the selection of contractors was influenced by the circle associated with Happy, but also the tasks within the tenders were distributed in a controlled manner. Thus, the main beneficiaries of the marketing and communication orders became the companies belonging to the mayor of Zákány. Former village leader Szilárd Nagy, also from the government, spoke about this in a video interview with the former Co-President Péter Juhász. He mentioned Szabolcs Jankó as his Happy Adviser, who also held several – of course billed – campaign trainings for the mayors of the region, and was the brainchild of a magazine funded by the municipalities, which in principle acted as a campaign newspaper. According to the mayor of Kengyel, “in all our TOP tenders we won, his company had to be entrusted with communication”. Moreover, Jankó’s company also carried out a financial due diligence of the Kengyel municipality, which Boldog ordered. According to the collection of Népszava, the companies in question appeared at the tenders of Kengyel, Csépa, Kétpó, Tiszakürt, Szelevény, Cibakháza, Cserkeszőlő, Kunszentmárton, among others. Namely, in invitational tenders, in which the Kőrös-Tisza Settlement Development Association, which was mentioned as the right hand man of Boldog István and was accused in his case, can be linked to Fehér Petra, who was mentioned as the right hand man of the company. There was also a tender in which both companies from Zákány were among the three guests, ie Jankó and his wife also made a separate offer, in principle so that they could not know the other. In Kunszentmáron, for example, both companies in Zákány were successful: in three of the six tenders, the marketing strategy was won by The Phoenix Day Marketing (the value of the order was almost HUF 4.5 million gross), and in the other three, BolPlan won the public guarantee. The Phoenix Day Marketing has been selected for a 7.1 million awareness-raising campaign on a bike path in Mezőtúr. Tamás Csányi, Member of Parliament for Jobbik, remarked to Népszava that while living in the city, he himself saw little trace of “attitude formation”. The two companies from Zákány also mowed a lot in Cserkeszőlő, known for its spa, where there has been a new mayor since 2019, Attila Varga, who has since filed several cases suspected of corruption. According to him, the municipally owned city spa entered into an assignment contract with The Phoenix Day Marketing Kft. In 2017 for a task related to lobbying and PR communication consulting for two months, for a total net amount of HUF 5 million. Even in the same year, the spa signed another contract with the company in Zákány for human resources consulting, for two months, for 4.5 million forints. The spa also concluded an advertising and PR contract for an indefinite period for a net monthly fee of HUF 300,000. According to the mayor, the new management could not reconstruct the work done under any of the contracts. In Cserkeszőlő, the two companies also took part in the tender for the innovative wine experience visitor center: The Phoenix Day Marketing won 2.6 million gross for marketing plans, while BolPlan won 11.2 million for marketing activities. Tamás Csányi, a Member of Parliament from Jobbikos, told our newspaper: He will ask for public interest data from all 23 settlements of Boldog István’s district in connection with who made bids and who won the “attitude formation” tenders for settlement development, and whether they actually did the work they were contracted for. .
“We didn’t do anything illegal”
Szabolcs Jankó, the mayor of Zákány, states that, like other deputies, he knows Boldog István, but they did not have a close relationship.
Did you read what you accuse Solid of Great?
I also filed the complaint for defamation and defamation as a lie, which he claims. I have nothing to do with the Happy István case!
Then why did you mention the former mayor of Kengyel by name?
At that time, my company really did a due diligence on its municipality, and we found irregularities. That’s why he’s mad at me and trying to drag me into the matter.
Do you know Blessed Stephen?
Of course, as most MPs. Happiness mainly from the Village Section of Fidesz. I also visited him, but we were not in a close relationship.
Then why did you recommend your company for the screening?
The point was not to entrust anyone from the area, so you couldn’t be accused of bias.
He was not unknown in the Happy District because he applied for TOP competitions, such as marketing assignments, in turn. Either his own company or his wife’s.
We have applied for a lot of places, we are applying in the country. Maybe it’s illegal?
These were invitational tenders. Three companies were called, often the same three: Petra Fehér’s Kőrös-Tisza Settlement Development Association, Kunszentmártoni Ipari Park Kft., Suspected of being the right hand of the representative in the Happy case, and your wife’s business.
This is not prohibited by law either! They invited me, there was where we won, there was where we did not. But I know not only us, at least five companies, which were included in the invitations to tender in turn.
In two tenders, both of their businesses were called. That is, they had to bid on each other.
Then you must have also seen that we are talking about a few hundred thousand applications.
A nice sum can be gathered from many of these.
If you look at our company details, you can see that this is not what happened.
Why do settlements in the Trans-Tisza region call the company of the mayor of Zákány?
Do you know of a prescription that places geographical restrictions on where to invite someone from? They knew about us, they invited me.
But how did you know it? Don’t get mad, but we’re not talking about nationally known businesses.
I knew several mayors from the area, they presumably for that. Then you know it is: if someone has proven it, they will recommend it to others. Otherwise, I think it would be much worse if we won in or around Zákány, they would attack.
They also won there, for example in Kadarkút or in Nagykanizsa.
You see, so not only in the area of Boldog István! We also won in Western Hungary and Baranya. I really don’t understand why it’s interesting which company wins where in the country. Of course you can ride on it…
In connection with their contracts with the Cserkeszőlő spa, the mayor elected in 2019 stated that the work carried out “could not be reconstructed”. Five million net lobbies and public relations activities were contracted for two months, 4.5 million human resource consulting contracts for the same period in 2017, and 300,000 monthly advertising and public relations activities for an indefinite period.
That is what the mayor on the other side is saying. Unfortunately, the former mayor with whom we have a contract has died and is no longer able to defend himself or their decisions. It is not true anyway that it is not possible to reconstruct the work as we have attached all the documents. But I don’t even understand why I and our companies are interested?
You were named by Szilárd Nagy alone.
And do you think if there had really been any abuse, I would still be mayor?
In the light of this case: it would not be the first time this country has occurred.
I know it’s no coincidence that we came up with this case, even though we didn’t do anything illegal. We applied where we could and tried to win. Either you succeeded or you didn’t. – András Vas
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