The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) is in the possession of documents that show that former Economy Minister Ivan Vrdoljak of the Croatian People's Party (HNS) helped his wife and other persons and companies acquire more than HRK 150 million in contracts with the state-owned HEP power company, HDZ member of Parliament Zeljko Fiolic told a news conference on Thursday.
Fiolic said that Vrdoljak helped people close to him find employment in HEP and that he did business with that company through ATO Inzenjering, a company owned first by his wife and then by him.
ATO Inzenjering started doing business with HEP in 2011. The company's profit, amounting to HRK 1 million in 2011, in the following years grew to reach some 10 million, said Fiolic.
The company had job contracts with HEP worth as much as HRK 150 million. There are indications that a crime was committed, so state institutions should prosecute the case, said Fiolic, a member of the parliamentary committees on judiciary and legislation.
The HDZ official also called on the parliamentary Conflict of Interest Commission to investigate the matter.
The government is stable and firmly on its course, Fiolic repeated several times at the news conference.