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: Portugal

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Through 16 national and regional programmes, Portugal has been allocated EUR 25.9 billion from European Structural and Investment Funds over the period 2014-2020. With a national contribution of EUR 6.9 billion, Portugal has a total budget of EUR 32.2 billion to be invested in various areas, from jobs and growth to boosting research and innovation as well as protecting the environment and increasing labour market participation.


Portugal is also receiving funding from the EU to support socio-economic development in key areas such as: Employment, Education, Infrastructures, Public Administration, Environment and Energy, Social Inclusion, Maritime Economy as Research and Development.
With 77% of the funds being allocated so far, there are still significant funding opportunities that public and private organizations can explore. The country is expected to accelerate the procurement process during the next 5 years as ESIF can be used by 2023.[1]

Within R&D under Horizon2020, this European programme allocated around 63% of the total financing volume to Portuguese Scientific and Technological institutions. Universidade de Lisboa is leading the list of funded projects amounting around EUR 65 million. In the light of these figures, Carlos Moedas noted that Portugal “has a growing capacity to attract and participate in EU research projects”. The Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education noted that Portugal “registered a 13,4% success rate in submitted projects, while the European average rate is 12,6%”.

For the next EU 2021-2027 budget, the European Commission’s proposal for 2021-2027 has earmarked around €21.2 billion for Portugal under the Cohesion Policy. The budget is not final as negotiations with the EU Parliament and EU Council are ongoing, but Portugal should continue being one of the biggest EU funding recipients in South Europe in the post 2020 period.

Did you know ?

  1. Portugal joined the EU in 1986
  2. EU funds focuses on overcoming the crisis by investing in growth and jobs, for example through the multi-billion-euro fund to tackle youth unemployment around Europe in the Union’s hardest-hit regions.
  3. Total financing under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) in Portugal amounts to €2.2 billion and is set to trigger €7.3 billion in additional investments.
  4. Vasco da Gama bridge, located in the northern region of Lisbon, is the longest bridge in Europe with a total length of 12,345 meters and was co-financed with EU funds. The European Union Cohesion Fund contributed €319M while the European Investment Bank granted a loan of €299M.
  5. The most important sectors of Portugal’s economy are wholesale and retail trade, transport, accommodation and food services and public administration, defence, education, human health and social work activities and industry

To learn more about EU funded opportunities in Portugal and how Schuman Associates could support you, please send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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