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": Croatia

Zagreb

Schuman Associates is the leading consultancy in Brussels working on European funding and project financing. Delivering added-value and relevant content to our clients has always been a priority for us. 

We continue our monthly ‘Country Digest’ with EU facts & figures from the EU's youngest member state – Croatia. 

Croatia joined the EU exactly 5 years ago and while there are many success stories to mark this anniversary, the progress with the implementation of EU founds is still not satisfactory.

The country has been allocated almost 11 BEUR for the 2014-2020 period; a large portion going towards R&D, ICT, transport, environment and health sectors. Out of the total budget for Croatia, 53%has already been allocated to projects, while only 14.5 %has been contracted[1].

During her last visit to Croatia, the Commissioner Corina Cretu commended Croatia for its progressin absorbing funds from ERDF and the Cohesion fund. Indeed, there the allocation stands at 60%for ERDF and 58%for Cohesion Fund, while on the other hand only 31%has been allocated to projects within ESF.

For every member state, EU founds present a welcomed investment and a relief to the state budget, more so for Croatia as EU funding represents nearly 80% of national public investment in Croatia, the highest rate in the EU. 

The country has also been vocal on the Commission's proposal for the next MMF.  Among others, it is in favour of keeping the same levels of funding for the Cohesion Policy in the next EU budget, co-funding rate at 15% and less bureaucratic burden for beneficiaries. 

Croatia also embarked on drafting a National Strategy 2030that will determine long term developmental directions and strategic goals, and will frame the country's priority for the next financing period of 2021-2027. 

Did you know ..?

  1. Croatia become a member state of the EU on 1 July 2013.
  2. Almost 11billion euros has been allocated to Croatiafor the period of 2014-2021; out of which 8.4 billion euros for Cohesion Policy, 2.03 billion eurosfor agriculture and rural development and 253 million euros for development of fisheries and maritime protection. 
  3. European Structural and Investment Funds are implemented via 2 National Operation programs – OPCompetitiveness and Cohesion & OP Effective Human Resources. Majority of investment is going towards environment protection and resource efficiency, support of SMEs, transport and energy and social inclusion. 
  4. Project Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem– launched by the Government to secure 2.5 billion euros from EU funds exclusively for projects in the five Slavonian counties. The funding will support SMEs, projects in agriculture, education, health, R&D, water supply and drainage, cultural and natural heritage, transport, inland waterway and energy. 
  5. Until September 2018, total investment from the so-called Junker Planamounts to 224 million euroand could stimulate EUR 1.1 billion in additional investment.
  6. Based on the Commission's proposal for the new budget for Cohesion Policy, Croatia would benefit from 8.7 billion euro (in 2018 prices) in the period of 2021-2027

 

[1]https://cohesiondata.ec.europa.eu/countries/HR

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