Project results

On 17 August 2018 there was held press briefing on the exercise main results.

Political parties' fulfilled questionnaires summary available in English

Report on political parties' survey on fiscal discipline issues available in English.

Parties' questionnaires available in Latvian:

Jaunā konservatīvā partija
Nacionālā apvienība "Visu Latvijai!"-"Tēvzemei un Brīvībai/LNNK"
No sirds Latvijai
Jaunā Vienotība (the reply was not included in the report as it was submitted after the deadline) 

Project  milestones

The purpose of the survey was to document party intentions in elections with significant fiscal implications.

Which political parties and when to engage? The poll was organised so to prevent a party with an opportunity to enter the Saeima not to be ignored. Therefore, the questionnaire is easily accessible to all, but specific work will be done with parties that are expected to gain more weight in the next Saeima. The optimal option has been followed and data collection has started data after publishing Latvia's Stability programme and Council interim report based on the results of a recent public opinion poll. In the sample, all parties were included above a certain support threshold (for example, 3%).

Survey format. With the largest, but also with other parties invited, we have met to explain the survey methodology, fill in the answers as much as possible and allow them to be specified to better match the parties' programmes documents. The aim is to get information about the parties' approach to fiscal policy issues, and not to surprise them with unprepared.

Interviews were organised in a manner to ensure transparency of the project. Parties were addressed via e-mail, providing a brief and specific explanation of the purpose of the conversation. In the form of an interview meeting Council chairman and Council secretary have taken part in order to provide flexibility in the first such event in Latvia.

As regards policy costs, parties were asked to submit their assessments.

The results of the survey will be published separately, reflecting the views of each party in a way that would help users analyse. The main input of the Council was the formulation of the questions (the content side), but the answers would be in full control of the political parties. The Council's assessment, based on the survey, focuses on the ranking of political parties following their fiscal responsibility, taking into account the comparison of superficial cost estimates over the years of the election cycle.

Questionnaire has been finalised during the first interviews (available in MS Excel format (in English)). Data assumptions are updated according to the Latvia's Stability programme.

Replies will be published here in MS Excel format.

Comments and questions regarding the survey and the questionnaire are welcome in writing to or approaching by phone +371 6708 3650.

On 23 March 2018 the Council sent an invitation letter (available here in Latvian) to Saeima Budget committee for further cooperation in this exercise. Meeting will be held on 17 April 2018. Presentation available in Latvian here.

Informative seminar for all interested will be held on 19 April 2018. Presentation available in Latvian here. Meeting video in Latvian here.

On 25 April 2018 the Council sent an invitation letter (available here in Latvian) to political parties inquiring interview time.

On 22 May 2018 the interviews have been launched. Presentation available in Latvian here. Questionnaire with examples is available here in English.

The parties' questionnaires submition deadline was 7 August 2018 23:59.

Experience sharing

On 28 February 2019 there was given presentation Costing Election Manifestos: Experience from EU IFIs at the European Fiscal board seminar.