“As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it”.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Laws begin here

It is in Brussels that you can prevent legislative risks and seize legislative opportunities, protect your business model or create the right conditions for new ones.

This is why customers rely on MUST & Partners for their institutional relations at European level.

MUST & Partners evaluates the risks and opportunities of the European law-making, develops accurate analyses of political and policy scenarios, designs lobbying and communication strategies and implements them – quickly and effectively.

We aim to forecast complex scenarios and to offer our clients new and better opportunities to make business, guiding them in the political arena, and working closely with EU decision makers at all levels.

Public Affairs

We advice our clients during all policy-making process, to ensure that they are heard by the prominent decision-makers, within the EU Institutions.
Considering the growing impact of European legislation on the regional and national scenario, managing the political risk at EU level has become crucial for business.


We assist companies to be accredited as important partners in Brussels. We develop tailor-made strategies for their communications needs: spreading the right message at the right time among the right audience makes all the difference. Our public relation draws the attention of politicians, the private sector, NGOs and public opinion on a wide range of topics as well as on the legislation concerning businesses and new projects.

Policy Analysis

We provide accurate and timely analyses of Brussels’ public debate throughout all institutions and relevant fora, in view of assessing the impact on markets and national lawmaking of existing and future EU legislation. We monitor the evolution of the political dynamics in Brussels, in order to create opportunities for discussion between the business community and the Institutions.

Leading Partners

Luciano Stella

Founding Partner



Luciano Stella is the co-founder of MUST & Partners together with Matteo Mussini.
He worked as an official of the European Parliament from 2006 to 2009. In 2010 he became Partner of an Italian consulting firm and Director of the Brussels office. In 2012 he founded EPA (European Project Advice) a consulting company specialized in EU funding. Luciano has been a consultant in European Affairs for “Risorse per Roma”, for the research center IRBM Science Park and for ANCI (National Association of Italian Municipalities).

He lectures on European lobbying at the University of Salento, SIOI, LUMSA, Aforisma, Il Sole 24 Ore Business School and Confindustria. Luciano is also the President of IBN (Italian Business Network), an Italian Association of professionals based in Brussels, he is Secretary General of TEA (TaxiEurope Alliance), Member of the Executive Board of FEE (Forum d’Etudes Européennes) and Member of the Board of the GII (Gruppo d’Iniziativa Italiana).
Luciano earned a degree in Economics and Commerce at the University of Roma Tre. He has been ranked in BestInBrussels “Top 150 Public Affairs Consultants” for 2020, 2021 and 2022. He was also included among the best “Political Consultants” at European level within the Brussels Index ranking drawn up by Mace Magazine.
Luciano is a native Italian speaker and is fluent in both English and French.

Matteo Mussini

Founding Partner



Matteo Mussini is the co-founder of MUST & Partners together with Luciano Stella.
He has worked in news agencies, traditional and digital media outlets with experiences in London and New York. Between 2006 and 2007 he worked as an expert in project management and EU funds for the Provincial Administration of Mantua. In Brussels, he worked at the European Parliament between 2007 and 2009 as a Political Advisor on transport and social affairs. In 2009 he begins his collaboration with CER (Community of European Railway and infrastructure companies) developing a solid expertise in transport, environmental, energy, sustainable finance and EU funding policies. Since 2013 he occasionally participates as expert on EU and Italian politics in the broadcasts of EsRadio, one of the major Spanish national radio stations. As of 2014 Matteo progressively develops MUST & Partners’ practices in the fields of transport, energy, sustainability, cryptofinance inter alia. Since 2020 he is a designated consultant for the European Economic and Social Committee in transport policy.

Matteo earned a degree cum laude in Philosophy and a diploma in business from the ISPI-SDA Bocconi School of Management. He also holds an MSc in European Politics and Governance from the London School of Economics. He is a founding member of the Italian Business Network, a network of Italian professionals based in Brussels, mainly active in the public affairs sector.

Matteo is a native Italian speaker and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Annamaria Abbafati

Senior Policy Advisor



Annamaria has been in MUST & Partners since April 2018, where she manages primarily digital dossiers. She graduated in Political Science and International Relations – with the thesis “Lobbying and public policies” – at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, where she collaborated with Internationalization and European programs. She is Editor for “Giovani nel Mondo” association based in Rome and has published content for the online platform www.carriereinternazionali.com. She obtained a Master’s Degree in International Relations with the thesis “The transformation of local authorities in Italy between historical legacies and the process of European integration”, carrying out her studies between Rome and the Universiteit Antwerpen in Antwerp, Belgium.

She participated in the course “Communication, Lobbying and Politics” held in Rome by the Running Academy, operating at the public affairs company “Reti”. Her project “City growth and new housing policy” was considered one of the best projects of the political school organized by “Italiadecide”, an association for the quality of public policies, and it was presented at the “Sala del Mappamondo” of the Italian Parliament.

Involved in social matters, she has coordinated a civic movement and an association of her territory, promoting political, cultural, naturalistic, voluntary, and charitable events.

Annamaria is mother tongue Italian and works in both English and French. She is passionate about hiking, backpacking, radio news, reading, music and dance.

Marco Belforti

Communications Manager



In MUST & Partners since January 2016, Marco is responsible for external relations, social media management and communication.
Born in Modena in 1987, he has always been very passionate about journalism and for several years collaborates with some local and national newspapers, including Il Resto del Carlino, Prima Pagina and Outlook Confindustria.

He also manages the blog of political and cultural opinion “Lost in Ambition”, takes care of the Instagram profile of food and wine reviews “Stèr Bèin” and has contributed to the creation and publication of a study for F.I.G.C. – Italian Football Federation, concerning the youth football sectors in Europe, divided into two volumes.

In 2007 he co-founded a public relations and event organization company, MCE (Modena Centro Entertainment), active for several years throughout northern Italy.

Since 2014 Marco is President of the non-profit association IDEAL, which gives life to sports festivals, literary meetings and ecological days in the city of Modena and surroundings.

He was among the coordinators of a group of volunteers, active following the earthquake of 2012 and the flood of 2014, which hit some areas of Emilia-Romagna.

Marco graduated in Modern Literature in Bologna, where he worked on the cultural magazine of the “Il Mulino” publishing house, and in International and European Political Relations in Parma, with the thesis “#OccupyVietnam – The foreign policy of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, from Cuba to Southeast Asia ».

He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication, Public Affairs and International Relations at the Il Sole 24 Ore Business School in Rome.

Marco loves sports, cinema and TV series; aspiring gourmet and is a hard-core Bruce Springsteen fan. He is Italian mother tongue, and is fluent in English and French.

Chulani Sakuntala Mahagamage

Policy Advisor



Chulani Sakuntala Mahagamage is a Policy Advisor at MUST & Partners. She focuses on transportation, monitoring closely the European aviation sector, and financial policies.

From a young age, Chulani managed to travel the world to expand her academic path. She attended international schools based in Rome (Italy) and Mississauga (Ontario, Canada). While attending her final year in Colombo (Sri Lanka), she obtained high-ranking marks on her Cambridge Advanced Level exams. She then proceeded to obtain a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Law from Pearson, where she was awarded Batch-Top student and received a gold medal. Chulani then obtained her bachelor’s degree with honours in Law from the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom. She studied international trade & finance law, equity & trusts, law of criminal evidence and the law of the European Union. In 2019, she attended a Master in European Studies at the prestigious LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, where she studied European Macroeconomics, Policy & policy making in the EU, Competition Law, migration politics and the European Common & Security Policy. She carried out her final thesis on the subject matter of the Common Agricultural Policy.

While studying her Master’s Degree, Chulani became interested in the Italian political dimension, and worked for the political party +Europa. She also actively participated in events organized by the Italian Parliament, focusing on the Italian foreign policy after the Cold War. Chulani also engaged in activities to better comprehend the intricate world behind politics by attending seminars organized by EDIOS Communication in Rome.

Chulani is passionate about humanitarianism and volunteers for a non-governmental organization based in Rome, where she teaches English to war victims, refugees, and immigrant in hopes of improving their lives.

Irene Fucà

Policy Advisor



Irene Fucà is Policy Advisor at MUST & Partners.

She graduated in Political Science at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, conducting her thesis on European and Italian migration and asylum policies. One of the 100 students of “Scuola di Politiche”, she has developed a passion for European politics and EU external action. She continued her university curriculum with a Master’s Degree in Global Studies, carrying out a research thesis in Islam, titled “Sudan: Shari’a and Asylum”, during a three-month internship at the Embassy of Italy in Khartoum.

She previously worked for an Italian economic newspaper writing on geopolitics and foreign policy. Keen to understand European dynamics thoroughly, Irene attended a Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Communication, Lobbying and Public Affairs, held in Rome by 24Ore Business School.

Born in Agrigento, the gateway to the European Union, Irene has always been intrigued by cultures from the other shore of the Mediterranean. She studied Arabic and worked with refugees and migrants.

She loves portraying faces and landscapes, playing the traverse flute and swimming.

Claudio Campetta

External Advisor



Claudio Campetta hold a degree in Economics and Business from Roma Tre University, He is a Certified Accountant and statutory auditor since 2008, and is a founding partner of the Public Accountants Firm Baldi & Associati. Between 2013 and 2016 he was Vice-President of the Committee ‘Professional Practices Management’ of the Certified Public Accountants, Auditors and Advisors Professional Association of Rome. He co-founded European Project Advice Llc, a consultancy operating in the field of the EU co-financing programmes, with an expertise on all the project stages. Claudio is an expert in Corporate and Tax Law, especially on extraordinary and ordinary corporate management operations, with a focus on merger, division and liquidation operations. During his career, he has been Head of several limited companies. He also works as a fiscal and administrative-audit consultant, drafting business plans for start-ups. At MUST & Partners, Claudio is an economic and corporate adviser.
He was born in Rome in 1976.

Olivier La Rocca

External Advisor



Olivier lives and works in Brussels since 2014, where he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Europartners LCC, a consultancy firm operating in the field of employment, training, social policies and entrepreneurship.
He works together with MUST & Partners on common projects. Since 1994 Olivier has developed a strong expertise in programming, accounting, monitoring and evaluation of development programs co-financed with EU funds, especially by the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.
Since 2000 he has developed skills in planning, partnership management, running and supervision of projects activities for the Public Administration and the private sector. At the same time, he worked with INAPP and the Italian National Council for Economics and Labour as analyst and researcher in the field of labour active market policies. He coordinated several works/projects/activities on employment policies and social inclusion. Olivier holds a degree in Economics and Business at the La Sapienza University of Rome. Italian native speaker, he speaks English fluently.

Francesco Mussini

Graphic Designer



Francesco studied at NABA – Nuova Accademia of Belle Arti of Milan, specializing as Graphic Designer, Brand and Web Designer and Motion Graphics. He has been working with MUST & Partners for some time, dealing with the graphical and creative aspects of the company communications services. Italian mother tongue, he’s fluent in English.

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