Continuous and wide-ranging consultations with stakeholders both in the partner countries and in the EU ensure a high degree of transparency of the evaluation, as well as enrich the analysis with information “from the ground”, and provide feedback on draft results. The main channels for communication and consultation – apart from this website and social media – are:

  • Interviews and surveys, including online surveys, with key stakeholders;
  • Civil society dialogue meetings in the EU; and
  • Stakeholder workshops in Central American countries.

We will hold a range of interviews and one-to-one meetings with private sector and civil society organisations and other key stakeholders, both in the EU and the six Central American countries (Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama).

In addition, an online public consultation has been held on the EUSurvey platform from July 2021 until December 20, 2021. Thank you to all the stakeholders who participated in this survey. 

Civil society dialogue (CSD) meetings organised by DG Trade are regular meetings where civil society and the Commission discuss about the EU’s trade policy. Three such meetings will be devoted to discuss the evaluation:

  • A presentation and discussion of the draft evaluation methodology, feeding into the inception report;
  • A discussion of interim findings based on the draft interim report; and
  • A presentation and discussion of the draft final evaluation report.

For further details in particular regarding conditions of participation and registration, please consult DG Trade’s CSD website.

Country workshops in Central American countries were held in January and February 2022 (in a virtual setting) to present and discuss the preliminary analysis conducted and to collect additional information from national interest groups. The documentation (e.g. agenda, report, presentations) of each workshop is published here.


Costa Rica (25 January)

Guatemala (27 January) 

El Salvador (1 February)

Panama (3 February)

 Honduras (8 February)


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