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.

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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.

Country Digest "Western Balkans": Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

FYRON

We continue with the special edition of our monthly 'Country Digest’ featuring Western Balkans countries. This time we look at Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), a country that has been a candidate country since 2005 and benefits from 664.2 MEUR from IPA II funding 2014-2020. 

The first EU - Western Balkan Summit in 15 years took place in Sofia on 17 May and it strongly reaffirmed the European perspective of the region. At the Summit, the EU and Western Balkan leaders adopted the Sofia Priority Agenda outlining concrete measures in areas of digital connectivity, security and rule of law. Most of the measures will be channeled through the Western Balkans Investment Framework.

Regarding digital connectivity, it was agreed to launch a new Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans. The agenda includes a roadmap to facilitate lowering roaming costs between the EU and the region as well as 30 MEUR investment in broadband rollouts. Western Balkan leaders also agreed to support lowering roaming costs in the region, to improve climate for digital investments and to hold an annual ICT Regulatory Dialogue jointly with the European Commission beginning in autumn 2018.

The EU and Western Balkans also agreed on 190 MEUR grants for 11 transport projects, doubling the funding for Erasmus+ projects in the region and facilitating mobility in vocational education and training, support for energy transition and the region’s plan to develop a Regional Economic Area as well as increased cooperation on migration and border management.

Next steps include:

Launch of the Digital Agenda at the Digital Assembly in Sofia on 25-26 June.

Further elements of the EU’s annual Connectivity Package will be presented later this year.

The Berlin Process Summit in London (9-10 July) tackling issues of interconnectivity, advancement of digital agenda and entrepreneurship, aiming to strengthen political and regional security cooperation and increase economic stability with a view to improving business environment.

The next EU - Western Balkans Summit will take place during the Croatian presidency of the Council in 2020.

Did you know about FYROM and the EU?

  1. FYROM has been a candidate country since 2005.
  2. In May 2017, a new government took office committed to an EU reform agenda.
  3. The EU is the largest provider of financial assistance to FYROM.
  4. 664.2 MEUR were allocated to FYROM for the period 2014-2020 under the IPA II programme. By the end of 2017 under the IPA II programme, the total of 296 MEUR worth of projects have been adopted out of which 176 MEUR have been contracted.
  5. Since 1999 European Investment Bank invested around 650 MEUR.
  6. Once again the Commission has recommended opening accession negotiations. 
  7. In addition, the EU has provided 93.4 MEUR in grants through the Western Balkans Investment Framework since 2009.
  8. EU programmes and initiatives supporting growth of business and the wider economy such as the Turnaround Management Programme, the Trade Helpdesk and the Enterprise Europe Network are open to companies based in FYROM.
  9. FYROM also participates in centrally managed programmes such as H2020, Erasmus+, COSME, Creative Europe. 

 

 

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To discover EU funding opportunities in FYROM do not hesitate to get in touch with our External Aid team: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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