The Consultation Process

As part of the Mid-Term Evaluation, the Project Team will consult relevant stakeholders from the public sector, private sector and civil society. This will be done in the following ways:


Online Public Consultation

The Project Team invites all stakeholders to contribute to the Mid-Term Evaluation of the EU’s GSP through the online public consultation. Stakeholder input will complement the Project Team’s qualitative and quantitative analysis of the GSP and will be incorporated in the Final Report.

The online public consultation will be launched in March 2017 for a period of 12 weeks and will be available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.


Local Workshops

The Project Team will organise four local workshops in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Bolivia and Pakistan. The local workshops form a key element of the Mid-Term Evaluation and will be designed to promote dialogue, gather perspectives of relevant stakeholders and to raise awareness of the EU’s GSP. The output of these workshops will feed into the Final Report.

During the local workshops, the Project Team will present the preliminary findings of the study as well as provide a general overview of the evaluation process. Local experts will be invited to make presentations outlining the important challenges and opportunities of the EU’s GSP and its economic, social, environmental and human rights impact.


Civil Society Meetings

Two Civil Society Dialogues will be organised in Brussels over the course of the project. They will serve to inform stakeholders of the objectives, progress and main findings of the Mid-Term Evaluation of the EU’s GSP. The first Civil Society Dialogue will take place after submission of the Draft Inception Report, on 19 January 2017 at the Albert Borschette Conference Centre in Brussels. The second Civil Society Dialogue will take place following the submission of the Draft Interim Report. For more information, please click here.


Interviews and meetings

Interviews and meetings will constitute the most direct form of stakeholder engagement. The main objective of these interviews and meetings is to facilitate detailed discussions with stakeholders on the various impacts of the GSP. Additionally, they will allow the Project Team to obtain in-depth qualitative data and insights from a wide range of perspectives.



Newsletters will be released at key stages in the study, coinciding with each report and other main project deliverables. Each newsletter will include a summary of the ongoing progress and preliminary results of the project. The newsletters will be disseminated electronically to the stakeholder network.


A more detailed outline of Stakeholder Consultation Strategy within the Mid-Term Evaluation can be found here