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: Bosnia and Herzegovina



In this month’s edition of "Country Digest" we focus on Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Western Balkans London Summit held as part of the Berlin process on 9-10 July 2018, reaffirmed the European future of Western Balkans and highlighted EU’s commitment to advance cooperation with the region.  At the summit, the EU launched a new instrument, the Western Balkans Guarantee, under the Western Balkans Investments Framework. This new instrument will attract and facilitate private investments in a broad range of sectors, such as start-ups and SMEs, climate finance and infrastructure investments, as well as digital and social sectors. The EU has committed 150 MEUR for 2019-2020 to support the Western Balkans Guarantee which aims to leverage investments up to 1 BEUR.


At the margins of the Summit, the UK assured the 6 Western Balkans partners that it will continue to be active in the region even after it leaves the EU, announcing a 12 MEUR worth of investments in reconciliation and digital skills. Furthermore, it pledged 90 MEUR to assist countries to tackle organized crime for 2020-2021 as well as 1.1 MEUR on building cybersecurity capacities.  

 Next steps include:

v  Presentation of further elements of the annual connectivity package for 2018, which already includes 190 MEUR grants for connectivity projects and 30 MEUR for broadband.

v  The Austrian Presidency of the EU Council  (July – December 2018) has highly prioritized engagement with Western Balkans, as did the  Romanian Presidency scheduled for the first half on 2019.

v  The design phase of the new Western Balkans Guarantee will be completed by 2018 and is planned to be launched by spring 2019. First investment projects will be selected in 2019 and their implementation will start in 2020.

A Berlin Process Summit will be held in Poznan Poland in 2019 and security agenda will continue to be in the focus.

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 Bosnia and Herzegovina & the EU?

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina is a potential candidate for EU membership.
  • The EU has an increased presence through a Special Representative and a Delegation, while the EUFOR military operation “Althea” assists in training and capacity building of the armed forces.
  • The EU is the largest provider of financial assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • For 2014-2017 the EU has allocated 176.1 MEUR under the IPA II programme. Total EU assistance for the same period was 237.2 MEUR, including 51 MEUR in disaster relief after 2014 floods.
  • In August 2018 the EU adopted the revised Indicative Strategy Paper for Bosnia and Herzegovina, allocating 314.9 MEUR for the period 2018-2020. Under the revised paper new sectors such as agriculture and rural development, environment and energy will benefit from EU support.
  • Since 2016, Bosnia Herzegovina has received 8 MEUR support under the IPA-II regional programme “Support to Protection-Sensitive Migration Management”.   In August 2018 the EU approved additional assistance of 6 MEUR for migration management.  
  • The European Investment Bank has invested 2.2 BEUR since 1999.
  • Grants amounting to 122 MEUR have been provided through the Western Balkans Investment Framework.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina participates in centrally managed programmes such as Erasmus+, Horizon 2020, Creative Europe, Fiscalis 2020, Customs 2020, Europe for Citizens, COSME and the Third Health Programme. 

IPA website

To discover EU funding opportunities in Bosnia and Herzegovina 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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