What's next for Italy's National Recovery and Resilience Plan?

 By Mike Savarese, Country Lead - Italy Are you following the Italian elections? You may want to watch closely. Billions in EU funding may be at risk from this untimely governmental change: if any key milestones are missed, these important funds will be delayed or forfeited. This is a high stakes election for anyone doing business in Italy. We...
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New Guide to NextGenerationEU

Schuman Associates is proud to share the newly updated NextGenerationEU Guide "for the industry to better understand and seize its opportunities", launched by the European Association of Innovation Consultants (EAIC) on 29 June 2022.  Having contributed significantly to this valuable resource, we look forward to taking these insights furt...
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Boosting Renewable Energy with EU funding

 By Anca Wlizło In the past few years, Europe has faced several once-in-a-lifetime crises. Throughout the financial crisis of 2008, the global pandemic and the war in Ukraine, European countries have acted together for the common good. Fighting climate change has not always been the most visible crisis Europe was tackling, but nonetheless, too...
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How the European Parliament is shaping future AI legislation

 By Dimitra Vasilia The European Parliament's special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age (AIDA) concluded its work this month (April 2022) with the adoption of its final report, investigating the respective challenges that will come with the deployment of AI technologies and concluding with an u...
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Delivering the Digital Transformation through the Digital Europe programme

 By Ramona Chiritescu Artificial Intelligence, Data Spaces, Cloud, Cybersecurity and Digital Skills: projects in these areas should be on the alert for this year's new round of Digital Europe programme calls. This newly created EU funding programme for 2021-2027 supports investments in five crucial areas: supercomputing, artificial intelligenc...
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Teaming for Excellence – a sustainability crash-test for Horizon Europe

By Odysseas Cartalos The context and the call Teaming for Excellence (TfE) is a leading action of Horizon Europe under the objective of building up Research and Innovation (R&I) capacities in countries with reduced R&I performance to enable them to advance to the competitive edge at European and international level. These so called widening...
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Green investments to benefit from more flexible funding rules

  By Anca Wlizło The European Union's ambitious climate goals will require significant investments in energy and environmental projects. Considering the substantial budgets made available by the EU to support these through various funding programmes, and the stringency of the climate objectives, the European Commission has reviewed the funding...
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Supporting the next EU champions: the 'ins and outs' of IPCEIs

By Anca Wlizło Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEIs) are one of the tools the EU can use to reach strategic autonomy in key industries. These projects represent a collective effort to build up entire European value chains.  Considering the different realities across Member States, building an IPCEI is an impressive work ...
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A great year for European renewal, with a better one to come

A great year for European renewal,with a better one to come This past year has seen a tremendous wave of opportunities and very satisfying wins for our clients and partners. The EU's great new ambitions and commensurate budget brought a year of growth, harnessing the exponential momentum of the green and digital transitions and the boom in health i...
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EU funding for industry: support to strategic value chains

  By Anca Wlizło Looking for the next European Champions in leading industries For several decades, global supply chains have moved raw materials, goods and services across continents, bringing resources and products to our doorsteps. As a result, countries lay their bets on identifying and nurturing their competitive advantages. While global ...
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Launching the new Digital Europe Programme

The newly launched Digital Europe programme is the first EU funding programme focused on bringing digital technology to businesses and citizens. Details published last week reveal plans to invest its first-two-year budget of €1.796,2 million heavily in European Digital Innovation Hubs, cybersecurity, advanced digital skills, quantum commu...
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Horizon Europe Excellence Hubs in Widening Countries link the European Research Area to Smart Specialisation

Author: Odysseas Cartalos  The policy context The European Research Area (ERA) was launched in 2000 to address the fragmentation of the EU's Research and Innovation (R&I) system by creating a single market for R&I, fostering free movement of researchers, scientific knowledge and innovation, and encouraging a more competitive Europ...
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WEBINAR: Investing in more and better social infrastructure for inclusive, resilient and sustainable societies

Webinar organised by the Council of Europe Development Bank 30 September, 14:30-16:00 CEST Context Growing social inequalities and chronic underinvestment in public infrastructure reinforce each other in increasing the vulnerability of societies and economies to unexpected shocks. The COVID-19 crisis has clearly shown how the impacts of these ...
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EU Industrial Strategy: new Cloud and Semiconductor Alliances

The EU's newly launched Cloud and Semiconductor Alliances – or Alliance on Industrial Data, Edge and Cloud, and Processor and Semiconductor Alliance – will strengthen these two key European industries as part of the EU's Industrial Strategy. With the objective of supporting them to thrive and become autonomous, these alliances are op...
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EU4Health: Ready for the first calls?

EU4Health's first five calls for projects will open on 29 July and close on 15 September, with the results published in December. Four of the five calls target cancer-related actions, confirming the EU's goal of mitigating the pandemic's impact on cancer control and care. With a combined budget of €19 million, here are the ...
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Best in Brussels for EU Public Affairs: Schuman Associates and its four Partners

We are delighted that Schuman Associates has once again been rated in the top 75 EU Public Affairs Consultancies in Brussels, out of almost 300 in the Transparency Register, by Best in Brussels, which promotes "best practice, the best firms and the best professionals". We are also thrilled that our CEO and Founder, Gerard McNamara, and three Partne...
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WEBINAR: Mobilising SME finance for a resilient, sustainable and inclusive recovery

Webinar organised jointly by the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) 1 July, 14:00-16:00 CEST Context Small businesses and entrepreneurs around the world were hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis, often relying on government support to survive the initial shock, prolonged restrictio...
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Health and Climate Change: common challenges, common solutions?

Highlights & Insights from The Council of Europe Development Bank's high-level event on 'Health and Climate Change: common challenges, common solutions?' 6 May, in collaboration with Decide – Health Decision Hub Context Europe is currently facing a health crisis combined with intensifying challenges brought about by climate change. The pandemic...
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New EU Industrial Strategy: building resilient, autonomous European industries

The new EU Industrial Strategy was presented by the European Commission on 5 May. Although progress was made on the 2020 Industrial Strategy actions and many of the tools geared towards a common, sustainable development of the EU were found fit for purpose, the pandemic brought significant challenges for Euro...
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WEBINAR: Health and Climate Change: common challenges, common solutions?

Common challenges, common solutions? Council of Europe Development Bank webinar 6 May, 14:30-16:00 CEST Context Europe is currently facing a health crisis coupled with intensifying challenges brought about by climate change.  The pandemic hit at the heart of existing social vulnerabilities in Europe related to the growing i...
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