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We are in a constant learning mode, innovating and adapting solutions for clients enabling them to respond to the dynamic EU business environment.

At Schuman Associates, we have been delivering measurable value for our clients from day one.

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  • Prof.dr. Julia Noordegraaf, University of Amsterdam Department of Media Studies

    The Time Machine consortium has been working with Schuman to draft a proposal for the EU Horizon 2020 FET Flagship. On the basis of their excellent knowledge of European policy and extensive network in Brussels, they have supported us in the extension of the consortium with relevant social and industrial partners and in effectively synthesising the content provided into a clearly structured and well-written proposal.

  • Christophe Merer, Vice President Government & Public Sector Europe, Mastercard”

    Schuman’s agency expertise has been instrumental to prioritize and support Mastercard’s role and activities in the EU Funds eco-system. 
    The know-how, flexibility and professionalism of the team contributes to create an effective, qualitative and enjoyable collaboration environment.

  • Diarmaid Mac Mathúna , Head of Client Services, Agtel

    We needed a partner who would work with us to spread the word about Agtel's creative video and digital services to European clients. The team at Schuman Associates has been very pro-active in helping us win work with a wide range of European institutions, agencies and associations.

  • Volodymyr Peregudo , Deputy Chairman of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council, Ukraine

    Together with the consultants from Schuman Associates we started to develop the pre-feasibility search to find the ways of financing the modernization of heating boilers on the enterprises which belong to the regional council. We were advised to enlarge the scale of the projects. We merged several different projects into one with the total costs of 22 million USD. Schuman Associates also gave concrete recommendations of what to mention in our feasibility studies and presentations for lFl. Following given recommendations, our heating enterprise received the loan in World Bank. Dnipropetrovsk regional council thanks Schuman Associates, and personally, head of operations Mr. Jan Droge, who was involved into the project fully in challenging time range.

  • Joël Toussaint, Director Public Sector , Hewlett-Packard EMEA

    We have been working for years with Schuman and have been always enjoying their professional support on planned and unplanned missions to detect business opportunities. Thanks to their daily work, we keep a continuous control on long term initiatives, even at the very early stage. Schuman always finds who to contact in the sometimes complex EU organization. This partnership is very valuable.

  • Krzys Jurek, Head EU Office , British Council Brussels

    The British Council commissioned Schuman Associates to perform a strategic analysis of the impact of the EU Referendum on the access to funding for the UK's Education and Culture sectors. The work done by Schuman Associates was of outstanding quality for its clarity in quantitative and qualitative terms, and offered insightful proposals to address this impact. This no doubt stems from their extensive experience of the EU as well as their astute understanding of the British Council requirements in this study.

  • Faustine Gaymard, Junior Affaires Publiques, Akuoenergy

    Akuo Energy has worked with Schuman Associates to develop an innovative renewable energy project. Thanks to high reactivity and professionalism of Schuman's consultants, we have built together a solid project. Schuman has provided a very qualitative and accurate work, by bringing in clarifications and useful insights. They have been a decisive support by working closely with Akuo's team, always being highly challenging and supportive.

  • Miroslav Saban, Head of Government/Public Affairs, Philips Central and Eastern Europe

    We have been working with Schuman in EU healthcare domain in Central and Eastern Europe for more than 3 years. 
    I have to emphasize very professional approach of complete Schuman Team, possessing high level of knowledge on strategic initiatives in HC in CEE as well as very deep particular knowledge on country specific EU opportunities and projects. We benefit from regular knowledge updates from Schuman to our Teams on EU processes as well as from scheduled country reviews on EU legislative changes and EU project announcement/follow-up. Great Team composition of experienced professionals located in countries of CEE. Inspiring dedicated support and partnership spirit of Schuman Team members is highly appreciated. We have been learning while doing tasks together and we do look forward for some great examples of wins in EU deals in 2018.

European Parliament calls for a post-2020 budget matching policy goals

EP budget

On Wednesday, 14 March 2018, the MEPs adopted their official negotiating position for the post-2020 EU budget. The main message is that the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) should not only finance new priorities; but also compensate for the financial shortfall caused by Brexit, estimated to leave a budget hole of 14 BEUR.


In the two adopted resolutions, the Parliament emphasizes the importance of boosting research programmes, initiatives supporting young people and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as infrastructure investments. They are also in favour of supporting traditional policy areas such as regional development and modern, sustainable farming.

Parliament's Resolutions

Following a debate in the European Parliament, MEPs have adopted the final negotiating position of the Parliament for the EU’s next long-term budget starting in 2021. The resolution for the post-2020 EU long-term budget was drafted by co-rapporteurs Jan Olbrycht (EPP, PL) and Isabelle Thomas (S&D, FR) and it was adopted by 458 votes against 177, with 62 abstentions.

The resolution calls for the EU to continue its support for the common agricultural and fisheries policies as well as to keep the same level of funding available for regions. Nevertheless, the report also underlines the importance of increasing funding for research, the Erasmus+ programme, the fight against youth unemployment as well as support for SMEs and infrastructure investments through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Finally, the next long-term budget should also address more efficiently  a new plethora of issues such as the instability in the EU's neighbourhood, the migration crisis, the climate change, security threats as well as a continued significant investment gap in the EU.

The MEPs have also agreed on a resolution targeting the revenue side of the post-2020 MFF. The Parliament is considering to increase Member States’ GNI-based contributions (to 1.3%) and complementarily, to introduce new own resources. Some of the options considered are revised VAT resource, a share of corporate tax revenue, a financial transaction tax, a digital sector tax or environmental/plastic taxes.


The MFF defines the EU’s long-term budget, usually covering a seven-year period. It sets the maximum level of resources allocated to the different EU policy goals for the period it covers. So far there have been five MFFs and the current one is covering the period 2014- 2020. The budget is financing citizens, regions, cities, farmers, businesses and it also covers the EU's administrative expenses.

The MFF is negotiated by three institutions: the Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission. The proposal for the MFF regulation is drafted by the European Commission, the final regulation is adopted by the Council by a unanimous vote after having obtained the consent of the European Parliament.

Next steps

These two resolutions provide the Parliament’s input to the EU Commission’s legislative proposals on these matters which is expected to be presented by Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker on 2 May 2018

Photo credit: EP Post-2020 MFF © European Union (2016)

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