Schuman Associates is a leading EU business advisory firm in Brussels with 30 years’ experience in European funding and public affairs securing business for our clients. Our key to success across our Policy and Funding activities has been a proactive and solutions oriented approach. Our reputation is built on our clients’ success and trust in our expertise across a wide range of sectors. A major element of this is listening to the organisations that we work with, understanding their real needs.

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.

Our clients

  • 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.

New architecture of EU External Aid Funding Instruments

MFF External aid


On 2 May 2018, the European Commission presented its proposal for the EU’s next seven years budget cycle (also known as the Multiannual Financial Framework – MFF) covering the period 2021-2027. The proposal will now go to the co-legislators (European Parliament and Council) which will further discuss and amend accordingly. In the best case scenario, the Commission expects to have the MFF ready before the European Parliament’s election taking place at the end of 2019.

The Commission is proposing a significant restructuring of the External Aid funding instruments in order to better tackle the external challenges the EU wants to address. The main take away is that the overall funding under ‘Global Europe’ heading, now renamed ‘Neighborhood and the World’, is increased from 66.3 BEUR (96.8 BEUR if the off-EU budget EDF is taken into account) to 123 BEUR (in current prices) for the future 2021-2017 MFF.

The Commission's proposal reflects a strong focus on strategic priorities both geographically (Neighborhood, Western Balkans and Africa) and thematically (security, migration, climate change and human rights). In this sense, the main features of the newly proposed architecture can be summarized as follows:

- The Instrument for Pre-accession assistance is increased from 11.7 BEUR to 14.5 BEUR. It will support candidate countries (Serbia, Montenegro and Turkey) and potential candidates (Macedonia, Albania, BiH and Kosovo) on their path to fulfilling the accession criteria.

- The three other main instruments European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) 15 BEUR (2014-2020), Development and Cooperation Instrument (DCI) 19.6 BEUR (2014-2020) and the European Development Fund (EDF) 30.5 BEUR (2014-2020) are merged into one single instrument: Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument worth 89.5 BEUR. The merger and budget surge is a big novelty in the External Aid Funding and its subject to an increase in EU's Own Resources ceiling, as the EDF (the off-EU budget instrument covering the ACP relations) is now integrated under the common EU budget.

- Blended finance will continue to play a key role in development and cooperation. The newly created European External Investment Plan (designed to operate in Africa and the EU Neighborhood) and its European Fund for Sustainable Development (expected to leverage up to 44 BEUR) will allow for the “crowding-in” of additional resources from other donors and from the private sector.

- For Humanitarian Assistance, the Commission is proposing 11 BEUR in comparison with the 7 BEUR under the current MFF.

- Furthermore, the Commission is proposing to increase the resources available for crisis response to 1.4 BEUR in comparison with the 223 MEUR under the current MFF. This will be achieved through a reinforced Civil Protection Mechanism (rescEU) and an enlarged Emergency Aid Reserve, to provide financial means in case of emergencies inside and outside the Union.

- The Commission is also proposing setting up European Peace Facility; an off-EU budget instrument with a role similar to the existing African Peace Facility. The new facility will have universal coverage and will help the EU to close the gap between its ability to conduct Common Security and Defence Policy missions and to provide military and defence assistance to relevant third world countries.

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