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.

'Country Digest' Western Balkans: Montenegro


Our ‘Country Digest’ special edition on Western Balkans continues. Next one in the series – Montenegro.

2018 brought an increased optimism to Western Balkans – and not only in terms of their relations with the EU. Recent developments and future plans set the scene for an era of peace, stability and prosperity in the region as well as a new dynamism towards EU integration.

In May 2018, the Commission proposed a budget of 14.5 BEUR for the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) for the period 2021-2027. The increased budget for IPA signals a strong EU commitment to the Enlargement policy and the European perspective of Western Balkans. IPA funding will assist formal and potential candidates fulfill the accession criteria. The new proposal includes greater flexibility, introducing a thematic and performance-based approach for funding.

On 26 June, EU and Western Balkan leaders launched officially the “Digital Agenda for Western Balkans”, an initiative to support the transition into a digital economy benefiting citizens and societies. The Agenda includes concrete actions in key-areas of digital transformation: cybersecurity and digitalization of industry; digital economy and society; research and innovation; broadband and connectivity. As a first step the EU will provide 30 MEUR in grants for broadband infrastructure.

The EU Council on 28 June reinforced the European integration of Western Balkans. EU leaders agreed to open accession negotiations with Albania and FYROM in June 2019. The Council commented positively on the progress made by all states in the region and highlighted the EU commitment to continue engagement at all levels, through increased assistance.

Next steps include:

v  The annual connectivity package for 2018 already includes 190 MEUR grants in connectivity projects and 30 MEUR for preparing digital projects, while further elements will be presented later this year.

v  The Austrian Presidency of the EU Council for the second term of 2018 has identified engagement with Western Balkans as of its 3 main priorities.

v  The next Berlin Process Summit is schedule to be held in Poland in 2019.

v  An EU-Western Balkans summit is scheduled to take place in the first half of 2020 during the Croatian Presidency.  

Did you know about Montenegro & the EU?

  1. Accession negotiations opened in June 2012.
  2. 30 out of 35 negotiating chapters have been opened; out of which 3 provisionally closed.
  3. The EU is the largest provider of financial assistance to Montenegro.
  4. In total, 270.5 MEUR have been allocated to Montenegro for the period 2014-2020 under the IPA II programme. More than 152 MEUR have already been programmed in the period 2014-2017 to support reforms in key-sectors.
  5. Montenegro also benefits from support under the IPA multi-country and regional programmes. It participates in four cross-border cooperation programmes with neighbouring countries as well as in transational cooperation programmes with member states under the ERDF and the IPA Adriatic cross-border programme.
  6. Investments of 621 MEUR have been made by the European Investment Bank since 1999.
  7. Grants totaling 81 MEUR have been given through the EU Western Balkans Investment Framework. 
  8. Montenegro participates in centrally managed programmes such as Erasmus+, H2020, Creative Europe (Culture and Media strands), EASI, COSME, Customs 2020 and Fiscalis 2020.



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