New President of the European Commission

As the first woman in history to be elected President of the European Commission, and with only a narrow majority in the European Parliament, Ursula von der Leyen takes the helm at a critical time, and has a challenging road ahead of her. Having secured 383 votes in the European Parliament yesterday evening – only nine votes over the required minim...
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Make your city green with support from EBRD and the Green Climate Fund

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) strongly supports EBRD efforts to enhance urban environmental sustainability. On July 2, they both signed the disbursement of 87 MEUR as the first tranche of a 228 MEUR facility to support the EBRD Green Cities programme . The GCF is a global fund created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the ...
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Finland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union

S ustainable Europe – Sustainable Future Finland took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1st July 2019. The country is taking over the helm of the EU at the time of uncertainty. As it stands now, the date of the UK departure from the EU is set for 31st October, and whatever the outcome, Finland will have to manoeuvre the tr...
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Gerard McNamara one of the top EU Public Affairs Consultants in Brussels

Schuman Associates' CEO and Founder, Gerard McNamara , has been rated one of the top EU Public Affairs Consultants in Brussels by BestinBrussels.eu – and his consultancy is rated in the top 60 out of almost 300 Brussels consultancies in the Transparency Register. The key to success, in McNamara's words, is "understanding future trends and aligning ...
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The future of the EU: Strategic Agenda 2019-2024

On 20-21 of June in Brussels European leaders adopted the new Strategic Agenda for 2019-2024 . The European Council agreed on an agenda for the EU for the next five years that sets out priority areas that will steer the work of the European Council and provide guidance for the work programmes of other EU institutions.The strategic agenda focuses on...
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Schuman Associates at the Sector Seminar

​ On 20 June, Schuman Associates moderated the EU Sector Seminar for External Aid organized by the Permanent Representation of France and Spain to the EU and ICEX – Spain Trade and Invest. Panelist from DG DEVCO, DG NEAR, EEAS, EIB, AECID, AFD and SOS Sahel discussed the different modalities for private sector participation in EU External Aid actio...
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EIB 2018 - key investments at a glance

In 2018, the European Investment Bank (EIB) supported over EUR 230 billion worth of investments. Among others, these enabled the creation of 29 million ultra-fast digital connections, generated 290 million passengers in EIB-funded transport, and supported 370,000 SMEs. The largest total investments in 2018 were made in Spain (EUR 8.48 Billion), Ita...
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Schuman Associates' 30-year anniversary

At Schuman Associates, we are celebrating 30 years of connecting our clients with Europe.  We started out as a small team in November 1989, at a time when Europe was going through major historical changes with the fall ​ of the  Berlin Wall. Over the years, we've seen the EU evolve, gaining fourteen new Member States, ...
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Reform Agenda in the Western Balkans and Turkey

  On 29 May, the European Commission published its annual assessment of the reform agenda in the Western Balkans partner countries and Turkey . This is an exercise carried out by the Commission on an annual basis to assess concrete progress and commitment towards European integration and to provide key recommendations. In the coming days, Schu...
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H2020 Dashboard: Italy

Horizon 2020 is the EU's Research and Innovation Programme for 2014-2020. It is a great opportunity for private companies, research centres, public institutions, SMEs, from all European countries to receive consistent funding for high quality R&D projects in many diverse sectors of science and humanities. In this edition of our Horizon 2020 Das...
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EU Sector Seminar for External Aid

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Once again, Schuman Associates will be moderating the EU Sector Seminar for External Aid, taking place on 20th June in Brussels . This year the topic is private sector participation in External Aid funding instruments with a view on the upcoming MFF 2021-2027 and the new financial architecture that is being proposed. The seminar will be followed by...
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European elections - What's next?

The European elections results are in! *     Download PDF File Here The new European Parliament will be more fragmented the previous one, which will make coalition building on different policies more complex, down the line. The Greens and Eurosceptic parties did better than in the last elections, while the two main political par...
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Business of Tomorrow. Are You Ready for the Next Wave of EU Funding in Romania?

Schuman Associates is pleased to announce that on June 25 we will organize a workshop on the future European Structural and Investment Funds 2021-2027 together with American Chamber of Commerce in Romania .  Why to attend this event?  Almost half of the public investment in Romania is financed with EU funds. The new EU 7-year budget/wave ...
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What's next for EU POLICY?

​The European elections will take place on 23-26 May. The result of the elections will shape EU policies and will impact the environment in which your companies conduct business. Schuman Associates closely monitors the election campaigning and will bring you insights on the European elections as they unfold. For our first brief, we reviewed the Eur...
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H2020 Dashboard: Poland

  Horizon 2020 is the largest EU funding instrument for Research and Innovation. For the current funding period (2014-2020) the programme has a total budget of almost 80 billion euro. In this edition of Schuman's H2020 Dashboard we see how Poland has benefited from Horizon 2020 . After 323 competitions, Poland has received grants in the total ...
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#EBRD doing more: projects’ highlights

​ Last April the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) released a series of publications  #EBRD doing more highlighting several of the key interventions carried out by the Bank across the different geographies where it operates. In 2018 the EBRD reached near record level investment with €9.5 billion in 395 projects . You can ...
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What’s next for Renewable Energy in the EU?

Renewable energy forms an essential part of the EU´s strategy to tackle climate change. Commenting on the political agreement for the new Renewable Energy Directive   (RED II) Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete stated: "Renewables are good for Europe, and today, Europe is good at renewables." The subject of his comm...
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H2020 Dashboard: Portugal

With almost 80 billion euro for the period 2014-2020, Horizon 2020 is the EU's biggest programme to fund Research and Innovation. In this edition of Schuman's H2020 Dashboard we see how Portugal has benefited from Horizon 2020. The latest European Innovation Scoreboard ranks Portugal as moderate innovator. Data from the Scoreboard measuring the per...
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The future of the European Union’s fight against money laundering

On 4th April, Schuman Associates, which acts as a secretariat of AME – Anti Money Laundering Europe , organised a lunch seminar at the European Parliament on the topic of the future of the European Union's fight against money laundering. Representatives from the public and private sector debated on how to further strengthen the EU legislative frame...
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Digital in EU development projects

The European Commission (DG DEVCO) is committed to promoting the use of digital technologies in EU external aid programmes . A vast majority of countries around the world have recognized that advancing on the Digital Economy can accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. DG DEVCO joins the trend by delivering on its Digital4De...
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