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Funding opportunity: LIFE Calls opens on 2 April 2020

  LIFE calls for proposals for environment and climate action open today, on the 2nd April 2020.  LIFE Programme The LIFE programme is the EU's financial instrument for the environment and climate action. The programme's main objective is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy ...
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Covid-19 Crisis and the ICT Industry

The Covid-19 crisis has shown the wide importance of connectivity and digitization of our economies. The IT industry provides now the key infrastructures making possible for all of us to stay connected, while keeping the safe distance.  IT players can also contribute to the direct crisis response needs by providing innovative and adapted ...
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The African Union’s Digital Transformation Strategy

On 9 February 2020, the African Union adopted its own Digital Transformation Strategy (DTS), which was followed by the EU Digital Roadmap , published on 19 February 2020. The two separate strategies clearly overlap in areas such as the digital transformation of public administration , digital solutions related to connectivity , and leveraging this ...
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EU and national funding to counter Covid and its effects on the economy

Since the Coronavirus outbreak in Europe, the EU as well as the individual EU countries have been taken unpreceded measures to contain the pandemic as well as to limit its impact on the economy. The European Commission is mobilizing a package of immediate response funding drawn from all existing EU budget resources: Since the Coronavirus outbreak i...
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EU programmes have extended their Calls deadlines

As recent restrictions related to COVID-19 outbreak may hamper applicants to prepare and finalise proposals, according to the EU Funding and Tenders portal , several EU programmes have extended their Calls deadlines, for example : Horizon 2020: H2020 calls with original deadlines between 16 March and 15 April have been extended  For IMI2-2020-...
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New Circular Economy Action Plan

The European Commission has adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan today, the 11 March 2020. The Action Plan will speed up the EU's transition towards a circular economy and is one of the main blocks of the European Green Deal. The progressive transition to a sustainable economic system is also an indispensable part of the new EU industrial str...
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EU pillars for the new engagement with Africa – what’s in there for my business?

The EU finds itself at the crossroads rethinking its new engagement with the African continent. This one, 2020, is a crucial year. On the one hand, the EU hopes to endorse its new strategy with the African Union (AU) at the EU-AU summit to take place in October 2020 . On the other, the EU needs to finalise and agree on its future long term budget (...
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New Industrial Strategy for Europe

The European Commission yesterday, on 10 March 2020, published the New Industrial Strategy for Europe. The Communication was presented alongside the SME strategy, the Single Market Barriers Report and the Enforcement Action Plan for the Single Market, by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and Co...
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DIGITAL EUROPE: from EU Data Strategy to the new funding instrument for EU digitization

​ The EU is pursuing a digital strategy that will thrust Europe as a global leader of the digital transformation. The recently launched Data Strategy defines an ambitious approach towards digital technological development and how technology will be used to meet the climate-neutrality objectives. The required investments will be channelled from the ...
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European Commission unveils Climate Law

  Today, the 4 March 2020, the Commission presented the first EU-wide climate law. EU Climate Law will enshrine into legislation the goal of becoming the first carbon neutral continent by 2050. The EU's ambition to become a 27-country climate neutral bloc by 2050 is at the heart of the European Green Deal presented by the von der Leyen Commiss...
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Doing Business with Africa: The African Union’s Flagship Projects for 2023 - 2033

On 27 February 2020, the 10th Commission-to-Commission meeting took place in Addis Ababa, where the African Union is based. President Ursula von der Leyen was accompanied by 20 EU Commissioners and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borell. It is here where Commissioners of the African Union and the European Unio...
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Energy and climate policy in the EU

The European Commission is currently expecting the submission of the "National energy and climate plans" (NECPs) by each Member State. The NECPs are part of the Clean energy for all Europeans package that implements the EU´s energy union strategy, adopted in 2015. Through these plans, Member States demonstrate how they will reach the EU´s climate a...
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European Parliament after the BREXIT

On the 31st of January 2020 the United Kingdom officially left the European Union marking what is known as "Brexit Day". While for citizens and businesses not much will change until the end of the transition period, until the end of 2020, the effects of Brexit can already be seen on thepolitical level. Last week, 73 British Members of the European ...
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Schuman Associates at Asturex

Organised by ​ Sociedad de Promoción Exterior Principado de Asturias ​ , S.A. (Asturex) 4th Meeting of Spanish Tendering Companies under the title, "Perspective of the EU External Action: EU Programme 2021-2027", it has been commissioned Schuman Associates to deliver the Speech about "strategic planning for business development", for companies with...
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The EU Green Deal: one trillion euro investment plan to make EU the world’s first climate-neutral continent

On January 14, the European Commission unveiled its one trillion euro public and private investment plan to finance the European Green Deal. The overall goal of the plan is to create an enabling framework for private investors and the public sector to facilitate sustainable investments and to provide support to public administrations and project pr...
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Priorities of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the EU, January – June 2020

On January 1st 2020, less than seven years after its accession to the European Union in 2013, Croatia will take over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU for the first time. For six months Croatia will be the main driving force for the tasks on the agenda of the Union. The Croatian Council presidency has been tasked to continu...
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

As the holiday season approaches, we want to thank all of you that have helped us with where we are today. Wishing you all the best to you for a nice Christmas time and a Happy New Year. Looking forward for more fruitful cooperation in 2020. Warmest regards from the Schuman team

Business for tomorrow: Czech Republic on the radar

European Structural and Investment Funds 2021-2027 Czech Republic is one of the largest recipients of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) in the Central and Eastern Europe region. Financial instruments under ESIF are increasingly used in the Czech Republic and support the economic and social development of the country. In the current pr...
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AME meeting in Brussels to discuss future of anti-money laundering in the EU

Schuman Associates hosted yesterday a meeting in Brussels with the private sector representatives, law enforcement and senior policy makers  to discuss the most recent developments in anti-money laundering in the EU and the next steps for the European Commission. The event follows the meeting of the EU Finance ministers at the Economic an...
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Post-2020 UK participation in EU funding programmes

​ Schuman Associates recently carried out a research project for the British Council analysing the future 2021-2027 EU-funded programmes, Creative Europe, Horizon Europe and Erasmus, and the implications of a possible Third country participation by the UK in those programmes. This study aims to support British organisations in the fields of culture...
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