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.

Kick off the Austrian Presidency of the EU

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The motto for the EU presidency is 'A Europe that protects'.

On 1st July 2018, Austria has assumed the Presidency of the Council of the EU for the third time. The Austrian Presidency will put emphasis on three areas where the EU has a particular protective role: Security and fight against illegal migration; securing prosperity and competitiveness through digitalisation and stability in the neighbourhood – rapprochement of the Western Balkans/South-Eastern Europe to the EU.

As the Parliament’s legislative period is coming to a close with the European Parliament’s elections in May 2019, it will be crucial to prepare the finalisation or reach agreements on as many open legislative proposals as possible. Thus, one of the main tasks of the Austrian Council Presidency will be to reach common positions of the Council on specific proposals.

Subsidiarity is a key element for the Austrian Presidency. The idea is that the scope of action of the EU would be re-defined via a 'Subsidiarity Pact', whereby tasks, which are better handled at Member State level, would be carried out at this level, which they define as taking decisions closer to the citizens.

The Austrian Presidency plans to hold a high-level conference in Bregenz, Austria on 15-16 November 2018, the conclusions of which would serve as substantial input to the European Council meeting in December 2018.

  1. 1.               Security and the fight against illegal migration

Austria will focus on a joint approach in the fight against illegal migration and of securing the EU’s ability to act. At the centre of these efforts are the reform of the Common European Asylum System (the so-called Dublin System) as well as the re-focussing and strengthening of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency FRONTEX, in order to guarantee the efficient protection of the EU’s external borders. This legislative proposal is politically sensitive given that it is linked to the infringement procedures brought against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic for non- compliance with relocation obligations.

Moreover, the aim is to work more closely with third countries in order to ensure effective return policies and to provide assistance to those in need of protection before they enter the EU while, on the other hand, preventing those not in need of protection from setting off on the dangerous crossing to Europe. The Heads of State or Government will deal with these issues at their informal summit held in Salzburg on 20 September 2018.

As organised crime in a globalised and converging world is operating in an increasingly

connected way, the Austrian Presidency will advocate efficient cooperation of and information exchange between the security authorities of individual Member States (the ECRIS file and Cross-border access to and use of financial data by law enforcement authorities) as well as the interoperability of the relevant large databases.

 

  1. 2.               Securing prosperity and competitiveness

As a considerable share of growth in the EU can already be attributed to the digital economy, the presidency aims with an intelligent policy of digital transformation to safeguard the competitiveness and sustainability of the European economy.

Completing the Digital Single Market (the Cybersecurity Act, Copyright directive etc.), modernising public administration on a broad scale and renewing industrial policy will improve framework conditions for digital business models and services.

National public budgets need to be protected from harmful tax competition and tax avoidance, and fair conditions of competition must be guaranteed for all companies. The Austrian Presidency aims at continuing the EU’s work on the taxation of the digital economy in order to ensure that profits are taxed in the country in which they are generated, but this will be a tough file.

A number of ongoing complex and challenging dossiers will also feature prominently during the second half of 2018, such as Brexit, the interinstitutional negotiations of a new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027 and the reform of the EU.

On the social side, the coordination of social security systems aiming to update EU rules on

coordinating social security provisions of EU citizens, they aim to have an agreement under by the end of 2018.

 

  1. 3.               Stability in the European neighbourhood – EU perspective of the Western Balkans/ South Eastern Europe

During its Presidency, Austria will focus on promoting strong relationships between the EU and its neighbours and the Western Balkan/South Eastern European countries take centre stage. The Austrian Presidency will hence advocate for developing a concrete EU perspective for these states based on clear criteria relating to their individual performance and work on achieving measurable progress.

 

Best wishes to Austria!

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