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Check out all the resources available to Barcelona’s self-employed people and enterprises for tackling the COVID-19 crisis: subsidies in the face of the global pandemic, legal-guidance and tax- and business-advice resources, online courses and training programmes and other economic-revival resources in the city.

Financial aid

  • The Business Funding Service has been strengthened, so it can support self-employed persons, businesses and associations that need financial resources to deal with cash-flow problems or mid- and long-term funding. This service provides support during the application procedure for the grants and specific lines of funding for COVID-19.

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  • An extra 400,000 euros (bringing the total credit line to 4 million euros) is being added to the public-cooperative credit fund with Coop57 and Fiare Banca Ètica. This measure is aimed at Barcelona’s social and solidarity economy enterprises and organisations with liquidity needs, enabling them to respond to new needs that may arise from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, and providing credit to projects which, for all their economic feasibility and socio-community interest, could have a greater risk of late payment.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • Agreement including direct subsidies (45,000 euros in all) with Coòpolis, as the Barcelona Ateneu Cooperative management group for advising the city’s cooperatives on their socio-economic contingency and recovery plans, putting special emphasis on the area of care work and migrant projects (plus others such as the cultural project now being developed for inter-cooperative coordination) and ensuring all actions and programmes are complementary and properly coordinated.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • Call for transformational economic initiatives (with a digital or platforming component) that gives priority to the food, care and cultural sectors.

    These initiatives will be supported by a matchfunding campaign, advice on digitisation that will facilitate the economic viability and guidance of key players under the match partnership model, following the logic of 5 helices (with civil society, the business sector, research, the public authorities and socio-economic transition taking part) and ecosystemic collective intelligence.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • A set of resources to help shops and the restaurant industry take the plunge into the digital world. This new service includes the necessary advice to create a digitisation plan, access to a selection of training programmes with over 50 online courses and a set of grants.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • The Metropolitan Taxi Institute and the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, acting in collaboration with Barcelona City Council, are launching an Emergency Plan for the tax sector, to ensure safety in this means of transport, help it to combat the drop in business caused by the health emergency and recover the sector's sustainability and economic viability as much as possible.

    The plan include a total of ten immediate or medium-term initiatives, including the following:

    • Creation of a new app for the taxi service, so it can adapt to the new type of demand developing as a result of the current situation.
    • Adapting supply to demand: a taxi-service percentage will be established at the various stages of the lockdown exit strategy, for the purposes of adapting supply— and therefore, the sector’s return to activity — in accordance with the increase in demand for mobility from city residents.
    • Hygiene and disinfection measures: standardised vehicle hygiene and disinfection protocols and protective systems to ensure safety for taxi drivers and their customers, where it will be mandatory for both parties to wear masks.
    • Remote assistance services for taxi drivers: To protect against crowding and the accumulation of contagions in facilities during this period, the IMET will be adapting all its taxi-driver assistance services, giving priority to those carried out remotely, from issuing licences to registering for exams for taxi-driver permits.
    • New urban mobility and adapting taxi ranks to demand: a study will be prepared on new types of mobility in metropolitan cities, to adapt the taxi-rank network to the main points of demand.
    • Facilities for renewing vehicles: the plan provides for reaching an agreement with road-transport stakeholders, to ensure the service's steady modernisation and the decarbonisation of vehicles.
    • One-year moratorium for changing vehicles: a proposal will be made to the Metropolitan Taxi Council to approve a one-year moratorium regarding the obligation to change vehicles that turn ten years old in 2020 and 2021.

    Advice for taxi drivers on available financial aid

    The IMET will be opening a specific one-stop-shop service (both remote and in person) for receiving personalised information on Spanish, regional and local financial aid and how to obtain it. 

    Latest update 12/05/2020

  • The Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) has joined forces with the water companies supplying its 36 municipalities to offer a programme of financial subsidies to help SMEs and the self-employed pay their water bills and the metropolitan waste disposal tax (TMTR).

    The new discount package is aimed at companies with fewer than 50 workers and an annual turnover below 8 million euros, as well as at the self-employed.

    Families whose income has dropped because of the current crisis are also entitled to social discounts on water bills and the TMTR.

    Further information (CA)

  • Barcelona City Council has approved the terms of a new grant scheme for projects working against the feminisation of poverty - in other words, projects that aim to reduce poverty and precariousness among women - endowed with a total of €150,000 euros for 2020 and 2021. The measure is part of the social shock plan to combat the effects of the Covid-19 crisis, an emergency that has affected women more due to their more vulnerable starting point before the crisis.

    The aid for projects against the feminisation of poverty is in addition to the various support mechanisms for non-profit organisations already working against the effects of Covid-19. In relation to this, the City Council has put together an aid package with a €500,000 investment for those solidarity initiatives that have worked on food projects during Covid-19. These grants, which range from €10,000 to €12,000 in value, will be awarded to grassroots organisations in order to reach around forty organisations that have kept their food services in operation or launched new ones during the hardest times of the pandemic.

    At the same time, and with the aim of combating precariousness and facilitating empowerment, a new edition of the programme “Dones amunt” [“Women Up”] will take place between late 2020 and early 2021 with the creation of five new groups of women in the neighbourhoods of Ciutat Meridiana, Besòs, Roquetes, El Poble-sec and either El Raval or Trinitat Vella.

    Last updated: 24/07/2020

  • From September 2020, the City of Barcelona will have a child-minding service. Project Concilia, which is being launched this September as a pilot project, will run continuously for five months, until 31 January, with the aim of facilitating people's work-life balance in low-income areas of the city that are part of the Neighbourhoods Plan.

    For this reason, the new service will be open from 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week. Special attention will be given to applications from low-income, single-parent families that do not have a strong community network.

    Each of the six venues will have the capacity to accept between 6 and 8 children per hour, aged between 3 and 12. They will be managed by around twenty full-time educators. The new service will be offered in six areas included in the Neighbourhoods Plan:

    • La Verneda i la Pau: La Pau Neighbourhood Centre.
    • El Besòs i el Maresme: Besòs Neighbourhood Centre.
    • Trinitat Vella: Trinitat Vella Civic Centre.
    • Raval Sud: pending confirmation.
    • La Marina: Sala Pepita Casanelles.
    • Zona Nord: in the morning the Ciutat Meridiana Children Centre facilities will be used, and in the afternoon, the Zona Nord Civic Centre.


    Last updated: 18/08/2020

  • With the Barcelona Activa initiative Feina, we are offering businesses incentives to hire unemployed people with special difficulties in gaining access to the job market. This measure has been allocated €1.5 million. It consists of a subsidy for each new full-time contract of at least six months that the company signs for the affected work centre in the Barcelona metropolitan area to hire unemployed people registered as Barcelona residents.

    Last updated: 12/09/2020

  • Barcelona City Council’s development agency Barcelona Activa, working in collaboration with the Catalan Institute of Finances and the Catalan Mutual Guarantee Society, has launched a programme with 1,000 micro-loans of €12,500 each, to support micro-SMEs and self-employed people affected by COVID-19. The micro-loans must be repaid within a period of five years, the first year being a period of grace, and with a variable interest rate (EURIBOR 12 months +1.85%). 

    Last updated: 31/05/2021

  • This initiative, the purpose of which is to help businesses to resume their activity, provides incentives for recruiting unemployed persons who have special difficulties accessing the labour market. This year's call for subsidy applications continues, with €5,000 for every unemployed person resident in the city hired, and €6,000 for young people, those over the age of 45 and women. The employment contracts must be for full-time work, for at least 6 months and from businesses with their work centre in the metropolitan area, with special attention paid to people under the age of 30 and over the age of 45. 

    Subsidy application period: from April to November 2021.

    Last updated: 17/05/2021

  • In order to promote employment and business activity, Mercabarna has launched a €5,700 grant for food or flower companies that hire young people who have just graduated from state schools or unemployed professionals trained at Mercabarna.

    Last updated: 27/12/2020

  • The city’s general grants for 2021 include €1.6 million specifically for trade. There are three categories, which focus on commercial revitalisation, professional support and digitisation.

    Last updated: 27/12/2020

  • The City Council has launched financial aid schemes for those markets that have been most affected by the effects of the pandemic. Specifically, we have allocated €250,000 for this purpose, which has risen to 450,000 thanks to actions carried out by the Municipal Institute of Markets of Barcelona.

    Last updated: 27/12/2020

  • Barcelona City Council has opened its fifth “Impulsem el que fas” [We promote what you do] call, through Barcelona Activa, for applications for subsidies to finance projects that boost the economy in Barcelona’s neighbourhoods and districts. The subsidies can cover up to 80% of a project’s total budget, with a maximum subsidy of 50,000 euros.

    Regional-based projects are being sought that boost entrepreneurship and enterprise, revitalisation of ground-floor commercial premises, socio-economic innovation, quality jobs, responsible and sustainable tourism, responsible consumption, sustainable agri-food models, creative industries and logistics with zero-emission vehicles.

  • Call for subsidy applications for music promoters to enable them to bear the operational costs of concerts to be held in Olympic Ring and Fòrum venues, in order to revive the country’s music scene, a key part of our culture. Allocation of technical equipment for events that ensures compliance with every measure and optimises operational resources to the full.

    Term: until 30 September 2021.

  • The aim behind this project is to reduce the number of vacant premises in the city while fostering a sustainable occupancy of ground-floor premises as a strategic asset for the city, by diversifying their uses and ensuring there is a balance of activities in the various districts through collaboration between public, private and social players. Seven strategic measures will be deployed, such as purchasing public premises, the Rental Housing Pool and subsidies for setting up business activities.

    Grants are being provided within the framework of the “Impulsem el que fas” call, so that various professional activities can be set up in the city’s vacant ground-floor premises.

    Term: April and May 2021.

    Last updated: 17/05/2021

  • To improve the presence of shops in the digital environment and also make them more competitive by adapting to the new times, the Barcelona City Council Department of Commerce, Restaurants and Consumer Affairs is allocating €1 million to fund investment projects in digital marketing, websites, online shops and digital signage, among other things. The subsidies will be for 50% of the total amount of the project and must not be in excess €6,000.

    Term: 31 March to 13 May 2021.

    Last updated: 17/05/2021

  • The grants are aimed at the city’s non-profit retailers’ associations and are conditional on the projects being carried out in the city of Barcelona. 

    Term: from 21 April to 21 May 2021.

    Last updated 17/5/2021

  • The call includes grants for commercial establishments carrying out work in their shops that is key in shaping Barcelona’s urban landscape. It also includes specific sections aimed at protected and unprotected historical premises.

    Term: until 30 November 2021.

    Last updated: 17/5/2021

  • They are aimed at launching comprehensive intervention projects intended for the social and vocational integration or return to the regulated educational system of young people at risk of exclusion or in a vulnerable situation.

    Last updated: 17/5/2021


  • If you want to work on a new business project, access Barcelona Activa's Entrepreneurial Services.

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  • Barcelona Activa would like to support you, to get your project growing. Which is why we offer you an advisory service, aimed at self-employed people and social and solidarity economy enterprises and organisations, on issues relating to incorporations, funding, talent management, transfers, internationalisation and digital transformations of your projects, among other issues.

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  • Queries on the shock plan are answered and local support can be offered through this form.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • The intention of this guide was to create a document for analysing the problems specific to each type of cultural event or activity, in order to draw out a set of criteria enabling them to go ahead but adapted to the basic prevention and protection measures against the possible spread of COVID-19 infections.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • A tailored guidance service for social and solidarity economy enterprises, in close collaboration with the SSE ecosystem’s services, operators and players and with specialist expert advice, for the resurgence of 350 enterprises. This includes groups for reactivating enterprises and organisations, a map of the SSE ecosystem's needs in collaboration with SSE players to set out joint initiatives, and an online notice board for enquiries and rapid responses.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • Made-to-measure programme for business overhaul, recovery and reinvention, aimed at social and solidarity economy enterprises and initiatives badly hit by the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. It includes specific recovery programmes for the care, textile, cultural and collaborative-economy sectors.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • The Barcelona Tourism Observatory (OTB) supervises and draws up reports which discuss the effects of the COVID-19 crisis and future expectations in the tourist sector worldwide.

  • Barcelona City Council is offering an online advice service for enterprises linked to the visitor economy to find out what the most appropriate health and safety protocols or measures are for each type of business. We will use this guidance to help ensure those visiting Barcelona that it is a safe city.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • This is a service available that Barcelona City Council makes available to the city’s sports sector, through the Barcelona Institute of Sports, to provide free support in managing its projects and activities. It offers a support and advice programme for managing the various procedures that sports sector entities carry out with the public authorities, such as subsidies, grants and participation in administrative invitations to tender. It also has a training programme at its disposal in employment, legal, accounting, communication and environmental-management issues.

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  • Specialist advice for companies, self-employed individuals, start-ups, cooperatives, and organisations or associations linked to the city's sports sector, to inform them of the financial aid and resources made available to them by the City Council and other government bodies and institutions to mitigate the potential impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the feasibility of their business or sports projects.

    The service will be provided by Barcelona Activa’s Business Support Office (OAE) through the Call Centre set up for this purpose, with telephone number: 900 533 175 (9 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday)

  • The Barcelona International Welcome website offers a welcome service for foreign nationals moving to the city, in particular international talent wishing to establish themselves in the city and embark on an economic or professional activity. It offers information and resources to help them settle in and establish themselves here, such as practical information on everyday aspects (housing, healthcare), procedures that have to be carried out when moving to the city (foreign-national registration, city-residence registration, healthcare card), documents and other useful resources.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • A comprehensive advisory and support service for employment inclusion, aimed at companies with a future vision and commitments to employment inclusion. 

    The service is made up of a team of professional experts in the area of employment inclusion from the Barcelona Network for Employment Inclusion (XIB).

    The service offers the following:

    • Information on the social and corporate benefits of employment inclusion.
    • Support for individuals and companies with recruitment processes and in the workplace.
    • Information and advice on accessibility in the work environment.
    • Training initiatives for ensuring inclusion.

    You can contact the Inclou Futur service. 

    Further information

  • A new online information service lists all the financial and support resources specially directed at micro-companies, SMEs, the self-employed and workers, the groups that are worst affected by the drop in turnover during the state of emergency. It also provides its service to any company, cooperative, organisation or association that requests it.

    The web portal includes a packet of services, actions and aid specifically designed to tackle this temporary period of uncertainty, lack of liquidity and general cessation of activity.

    The new service covers resources offered by the City Council, the Government of Catalonia and the Spanish Government

    Barcelona Activa information service (CA)


  • specialist unit has been launched to help self-employed people, micro-enterprises, SMEs and cooperatives obtain financial aid for dealing with the Covid-19 crisis.

    The new unit is coordinated from Barcelona Activa's Business Advice Office (OAE).

    The service analyses each business to ascertain its needs and what special aid it is eligible for. This aid includes grants from organisations such as the Official Credit Institute (ICO), the Catalan Institute of Finance (ICF) and the financial facilities available from banks.

    The businesses most likely to use this support service are expected to be those relating to trade, tourism and the creative industries, among others.

    This new measure is in addition to the service which provides advice and information on other non-exclusive financial aid from other public bodies.

    Barcelona Activa

    Latest update 05/05/2020

  • Every week, Barcelona Activa’s FAQs Activa Live initiative answers  questions on employment, enterprise and entrepreneurship  causing the most concern during these uncertain times, given the change of economic and employment paradigm.

    The sessions will be held live and broadcast every Thursday, at 5 pm, on the Instagram Live channel.  Anyone connecting to them will be able to sort out their queries and direct their questions to an expert from Barcelona Activa.

    Each session’s issues will be announced in advance on Barcelona Activa’s social networks and other digital channels. Questions will be gathered a few days before the sessions, from Instagram Stories.

    The questions put will be answered by an expert during the broadcast. This will be immediately followed by questions to those who are connected to the session. Once the live broadcast has ended, it will be edited for its highlights and made accessible from Barcelona Activa's YouTube channel.

    Barcelona Activa's Activa Live FAQs

    Latest update 22/05/2020

  • We provide personalised support for small enterprises, start-ups, self-employed individuals, shops and organisations from the social and solidarity economy so they can establish a strategic business plan that enables them to speed up the economic recovery in the post-COVID-19 context.

    Last updated: 19/05/2021

  • The Municipal Tax Office is opening this office to deal with queries and questions relating to the new tax measures that affect this administration established by Decree Law 8/2020, as a result of the health emergency caused by Covid-19. Queries should be sent by means of a form and a reply will be sent by email.

    Last updated: 12/09/2020

  • In order to save time and journeys, if you need personal attention you must request a meeting, and staff at the office will phone you on the chosen day at the time agreed. The service deals with queries regarding the freezing of bank accounts, seizure of vehicles, fines, tax collection and taxes, rates and public charges. You will only be allowed to request a meeting for procedures not available online.

    Last updated: 12/09/2020

  • The 010 free public helpline resolves procedures directly, facilitates information or explains how to carry out procedures online. If, despite that, it has not been possible to answer your question over the phone or online, a specialised service channel is provided to deal with the information or processing requested. If you are phoning from outside the Barcelona metropolitan area, you need to call 931 537 010. The call will be charged at the ordinary rate.

    Last updated: 12/09/2020

  • This Service deals with enquiries about bank contracts, commissions, bank cards, mortgage loans, default registers, consumer lending and other types of consumer relations with loans and financial services institutions. Claims or queries can be submitted via the Municipal Consumer Information Office (OMIC) website or the municipal offices at Ronda de Sant Pau, 43, by prior appointment.

    Last updated: 12/09/2020


  • BizBarcelona and the Employment Fair are being held together from 21 to 23 September with a F2F and virtual format, with the aim of contributing to a revival of entrepreneurship, the business fabric and work opportunities. The two events are teaming up with useful tools, resources, advice and training ideas for entrepreneurs, freelancers, SMEs, start-ups and everyone looking for work, a career change or working for themselves. BizBarcelona and the Employment Fair will occupy Hall 8 on the Montjuïc site, in compliance with the tightest safety and prevention protocols.

    Last updated: 12/09/2020


  • We get closer to your business in order to advise you. Through Barcelona Activa, we help you design a new business strategy to put your business on the right path, adopt new marketing models or develop new formulas to increase demand.

    Last updated: 27/12/2020

  • A comprehensive advisory and support service, specialising in SSE organisations, for socio-entrepreneurial strengthening. Coordinated with the ecosystem’s services, operators and players, it identifies opportunities and detects difficulties, besides offering tools and expert support in specific areas.

    Last updated: 19/05/2021

  • The Technology Park is offering this service to provide strategic and flexible support for companies and entrepreneurs at every stage of the prototyping process.

    Ask for the service if you need support or guidance on:

    • Strategy, support and tools for business prototyping plans
    • Using the Technology Park’s digital manufacturing tools

    Further information

    Last updated: 22/02/2021

  • Expert support and assistance service offering young people aged between 16 and 35 work guidance and tools to help with their job hunting and employability.

    Last updated: 2/3/2021

  • Technical-support service specialising in implementing improvements in the presence of enterprises in the Internet, and in communication and online marketing strategies, sales channels and the digitisation of enterprises’ management processes. The service starts with an initial diagnosis; it then studies the drafting of a digitisation plan and includes support for its implementation and monitoring.

    Last updated: 19/05/2021

  • To strengthen and foster innovation among organisations and enterprises that have — or are incorporating — social and solidarity economy practices and values, we are revising the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the various areas and, depending on the results, we are reinventing and redesigning the areas, services or products that have to be transformed to encourage a firm reactivation.

    Term: from February to June 2021.

    Last updated: 18/05/2021

  • We’ll come over to your shop and give you totally free advice advise, not just on how to establish a new business strategy but also on how to put your business back on its feet, adopt new marketing models and develop new formulas for incentivising demand, always respecting your work pace.

    Last updated: 19/05/2021

  • This is an initiative that consists of personalised digitisation plans, online training (p. X) and a call for grant applications (p. X). Thanks to the support of a specialist technical team, you will be able to plan your business’s entry into the digital world, continue enhancing your digital skills and find out how to apply them to your shop or restaurant.

    Last updated: 19/05/2021

  • This is a programme launched by Barcelona City Council, Barcelona Activa and the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) for the digital acceleration of projects, organisations and enterprises that are working — or wish to work — under environmental-impact, social and good-governance measures. Integrated into the Barcelona UOC Chair in Digital Economy, it works on digitisation as a resource for community creating (platforming) and socio-economic transformation.

    Term: from April to December 2021.

    Last updated: 20/05/2021

  • These are events that provide a direct contact space between enterprises with job offers and candidates with participatory dynamics and brief interviews. They are tailor made for enterprises and specifically for business sectors. 
    Term: as of June 2021.

    Last updated: 20/05/2021

  • If you’re an entrepreneur or you have now finished your professional journey with the enterprise you run, Barcelona Activa is launching an advisory service to connect you and encourage continuity in existing enterprises.

    Term: throughout 2021.

    Last updated: 20/05/2021

  • Aimed at strengthening the sustainable textile sector and making it more competitive from a social, environmental and business point of view, this plan offers a specialist advisory service for projects and organisations to broaden training in this field and foster inter-cooperation and the social market.

    Last updated: 20/05/2021


  • Thanks to Barcelona Activa we have launched the Virtual Classroom, a training space where educational teams stream their classes online, so you can have your say, make real-time consultations and interact with fluency.

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  • Discover training, through Barcelona Activa, grouped by thematic categories and adapted to your pace and needs.

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  • The Barcelona International Welcome website offers a welcome service for foreign nationals moving to the city, in particular international talent wishing to establish themselves in the city and embark on an economic or professional activity. It offers information and resources to help them settle in and establish themselves here, such as practical information on everyday aspects (housing, healthcare), procedures that have to be carried out when moving to the city (foreign-national registration, city-residence registration, healthcare card), documents and other useful resources.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • In order to narrow the digital gap, Barcelona City Council, through Barcelona Activa, has launched various lines of action in the area of technological training.

    • Shift to online training during the Covid-19 crisis, through the use of Virtual Classrooms, in order to ensure knowledge of the necessary technological skills to deal with the current situation.
    • Prioritising on-site training, when circumstances permit, for those groups who do not have access to Internet.
    • Inclusion of IT literacy in all employment programmes, given its relevance to job seeking.
    • Introduction of free courses, workshops and master classes in ICT training at the Cibernàrium, for beginners, advanced and specialised levels. Find out more here.


    Last updated: 18/08/2020

  • Take advantage of an opportunity to train in the agri-food sector: from selling local organic produce to food-handling hygiene and driving forklift trucks, or how to be a good butcher's or fishmonger’s assistant, among other options. And, if you're unemployed, you’ll enjoy a special rate! Ready?

    Last updated: 20/05/2021


  • A programme promoted by Barcelona Activa, in conjunction with Mercabarna and in collaboration with the Barcelona Municipal Institute of Markets, which seeks to respond to the need for generational handover in the markets. The programme is aimed at young people aged 18 to 29, with or without compulsory secondary education (ESO), Baccalaureate or intermediate Vocational Training qualifications, and offers guidance and training in 3 food-trade specialities.

    The second edition is currently about the finish and the deadline for hiring will be 30 June 2021.

    Last updated: 22/02/2021

  • As part of the initiative supporting the digital transformation of shops and restaurants, Barcelona Activa has designed a training catalogue to help the commercial fabric and restaurant sector to take the leap into the digital world. With fifty courses available, you have no excuse for being left behind!

    Last updated: 20/05/2021

  • Barcelona Activa has developed a series of unique projects for working in municipal markets and in local shops. Launched in collaboration with Mercabarna and the Barcelona Municipal Markets Institute, they aim to meet the needs of generational change-overs in municipal-market sectors. Take a look, you may find them useful!

    Term: until 30 June 2021.

    Last updated: 20/05/2021


  • Barcelona City Council has decided to change the payment dates for taxes, rates and public-sector charges making up municipal tax measures. Payment deadlines are being postponed to help to lighten economic burdens in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • Taking the interpretation of byelaws following the situation resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the purposes of encouraging the economic feasibility of restaurant and café businesses, we are extending the 75% reduction of the terrace tax until the end of 2021. This measure will lead to €7 million reduction in municipal income.

    Last updated: 18/05/2021

  • The City Council has eased the conditions and time limits for subsidies to be awarded, the goal being to streamline payment periods and speed up the injection of liquidity for companies, organisations and the self-employed which benefit from them.

    The priority is to optimise feasibility so that subsidised activities can be carried out.

    The measures include bringing forward payments to before the period for challenges and amendments in the general call, subsidising certain overheads even if the object of the subsidy has not been carried out or increasing the value of the subsidy in exceptional cases from the usual maximum of 50% to 80%.

    With regard to the justification of subsidies, the deadline is also being extended until 30 September 2020.

    Approval will also now be possible for new subsidy calls for situations strictly linked to the state of emergency for Covid-19. In these cases, time limits will not be suspended.

    Further information (CA)

    Latest update 24/04/2020

  • Given the serious financial difficulties being experienced by businesses and the self-employed due to Covid-19, Barcelona City Council has reduced the time it takes to pay invoices received in March and April. These invoices will now be paid twenty days after they were presented via the official registry.

    The purpose of this measure is to provide municipal suppliers with maximum liquidity in as little time as possible, to ensure maximum business survival.

    In all, 1,921 invoices have been paid with a total value of €45,102,176.

    Further information (ES)

    Latest updated 05/05/2020

  • According to the sector, we have reduced rates by 75% for the beach bars that have opened this season and which have enabled the longer to extend.

    Last updated: 18/05/2021

  • We have applied Economic Activity Tax allowances to increased workforces and use of renewable energies, among other things.

    • Further information: see the section entitled “Taxes, rates and public-sector charges” on the Barcelona Municipal Markets Institute’s website

    Last updated: 20/05/2021

  • To boost economic activity and encourage the neighbourhood’s return to life, local commercial and restaurant establishments have more space at their disposal — temporarily and as an exception. We have extended the provisional authorisation period by one year. They will be valid until 31 December 2021 and are intended to facility these establishments’ economic activity.

    Last updated: 20/05/2021

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