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 Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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 will be held on the EUSurvey platform. Anyone - from anywhere - is welcome to participate in this survey. The launch of the survey will be communicated on this website and on Twitter.

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.

A number of workshops in Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama are planned take place during the course of the evaluation:

  • The main stakeholder workshop in each country will serve to present and discuss the analysis conducted to date and collect additional information from national interest groups. The documentation (e.g. agenda, report, presentations) of each workshop will be published here.
  • In addition, regional workshops are planned to ensure inclusive consultations with stakeholders also outside of capital and to expand geographical outreach. Further information on regional workshops will be posted here.

Tentatively, workshops are planned for September-November 2021, but much will depend on the global health situation.

In order to be kept informed about these workshops, be sure to come back to this website, subscribe to our Twitter account, or sign up.