The EEM was composed of two experts based in San Salvador from 18 February to 21 March 2012. In the past, the EU had sent a full-fledged Election Observation Mission to El Salvador for the 2009 general elections. The EEM provided analyses of the elections against regional and international standards for democratic elections and reported regularly to EU institutions. It also offered recommendations for the possible improvement of the electoral process. The EEM was not intended to issue any official statement. A final report was submitted to the EU institutions at the end of the mission.