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Domestic advisory groups

Domestic advisory groups advise on the implementation of trade agreements

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2023 call for the renewal of domestic advisory groups (deadline for application is 9 May cob)

In most trade agreements since the 2011 EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement, an advisory group is set up in the EU and in the partner country or countries to advise on the implementation of the trade agreement or parts of it.

On this web page, you will find information on the EU Domestic advisory groups (DAGs) and on joint meetings between DAG members from both parties.


The primary purpose of the EU-Canada Domestic advisory group is to submit opinions and make recommendations on any matter related to the implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter within the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.


The main task of the EU-CARIFORUM Domestic advisory group is to make recommendations on the economic, social and environmental aspects of relations between the EU and the CARIFORUM countries, as they arise in the context of the implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement.


The EU-Central America Domestic advisory group shall express its opinions, make recommendations and advise on any issue related to the implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Title of the EU-Central America Association Agreement.


The EU-Colombia/Peru/Ecuador Domestic Advisory Group provide an appropriate framework for structured, in-depth discussions on a broad range of aspects relating to implementation of the Trade and Sustainable Development Title of the EU-Colombia and Peru Trade Agreement.


The EU-Georgia Domestic Advisory Group advise on issues relating to the chapter on trade and sustainable development of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.









  • Domestic advisory group (DAG): The Domestic Advisory Group is a balanced representation of business organisations, trade unions and environmental/other organisations. To become a member of an EU Domestic advisory group, an EU organisation needs to be:
    • Independent not-for-profit organisation
    • Represent and promote EU interests
    • Have specific expertise or competence on areas covered by the trade and sustainable development chapter
    • Registered in both the Transparency Register of the European Commission/European Parliament and in the civil society dialogue database of DG Trade
    • Some members are designated by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Domestic advisory group meeting: The EU sets up a DAG for every trade agreement. The DAG members meets several times a year to discuss the issues included in the Trade and Sustainable Development chapter. Their advice is given to the trade partners, who will discuss it in their annual meeting.
  • DAG-to-DAG meeting: The Domestic advisory groups from the EU and from the partner country or countries meet once a year, back-to-back with the joint open session meeting.
  • Joint open session meetings are open to all civil society organisations and non-DAG members. These meetings take place once a year.

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