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ECONOMIC REACTIVATION MEASURES

Check out other municipal measures and plans we are implementing to tackle the COVID-19 economic crisis.

 

Increase in grants for the recovery of markets

In order to support and boost our markets, we have increased the 2020 financial aid scheme to help ensure vendors’ associations can be financially self-sufficient. Specifically, we have awarded €365,000 to 31 of the city’s markets.

Last updated: 27/12/2020

  • The Agreement for Barcelona has been established by the seven political groups represented on the City Council, on the initiative of the municipal government, with a view to reinvigorating Barcelona in all areas in conjunction with the city's economic, social, cultural and educational stakeholders.

    The first meeting of the Agreement for Barcelona Committee, which took place on 28 April, established the objective of reaching a definitive agreement in July, with measures and initiatives that will be implemented until December 2021.

    Furthermore, four working groups are being created to analyse the effects of the crisis on specific sectors, as well as drawing up and presenting proposals to the Agreement Committee, in economic, social, cultural, international, sporting and urban-model matters.

    Strategic goals 

    The Agreement for Barcelona is a response to the need for economic and social recovery. Its strategic goals are:

    • To guarantee and adapt municipal finances to the new circumstances, in accordance with the new priorities arising from the Covid-19 crisis.
    • To reactivate Barcelona in the social, economic and civic spheres so that the city can overcome the situation generated by the crisis.
    • To make progress using the criteria of fairness and social justice, so that no one gets left behind.
    • To build a city model that prioritises health and care.
    • To boost the digital transformation of the economy and energy transition as key strategies for dealing with the climate crisis and as catalysts for generating wealth and distributing it fairly.
    • To ensure a more liveable, resilient city that fosters social cohesion.
    • To carefully monitor the effects that the COVID-19 crisis may have on public areas and their uses.
    • To protect and consolidate Barcelona’s international reputation.
    • To foster collaboration between the public and private sectors.
    • To make the most of the urban and metropolitan environment’s potential for multiplying the policies being developed.
    • To empower the city so that it becomes more efficient and acts as a driving force for the social and economic recovery.

    The Agreement for Barcelona involves participation from over fifty organisations, groups and stakeholders in the city’s economic, social, educational, cultural, sporting and scientific fabric, as well as the deputy mayors and chairs of the City Council’s municipal groups.

    The agreement for Barcelona [PDF - CAT]

    Last updated: 17/06/2020

  • A new personalised telephone helpline service aimed at all city residents has been activated for referral to the specialised services and resources that are best suited to each consultation.

    The free telephone line is 900 533 175, and it is open from 9 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday.Free

  • The City Council has activated a free service offering guidance on the conditions for contracting financial products, as well as detecting bad practice and abusive clauses by financial entities and consumer loan companies.

    The service opens at a time when credit requests are expected to increase because of the situation caused by COVID-19. It is for members of the public, the self-employed and SMEs.

    The new service handles enquiries in connection with banking contracts, commissions, bank cards, mortgages and consumer loans. One of the main tasks is to advise SMEs and the self-employed on contracting ICO loans.

    Users can direct their queries or complaints to the website for the Municipal Office for Consumer Information (OMIC). A specific channel has also been set up for the self-employed via the email address omicempreses@bcn.cat.

    The City Council will make any bad practice in the finance sector known to the Bank of Spain and the ministries for the economy and for consumer affairs.

    The advice service is being provided with the collaboration of ASUFIN, the consumer association specialising in financial products, and is open to other consumer associations to participate.

    Conditions for the awarding of ICO credits

    Royal Decree Law 8/2020 (ES), of 17 March, establishes the necessary conditions and requisites for accessing the first stage of guarantees for companies and the self-employed to tackle the economic effects of COVID-19.

    The decree establishes that financial entities may not condition or link loan approvals to customers contracting any other service or product.

    Latest updated 11/05/2020

  • Barcelona City Council’s Tourism and City Council, which brings together nearly forty organisations, residents associations, guilds, professionals, unions, retailers and travel agencies with members of the City Council, has issued a joint statement calling for “recovering tourist activity as soon as possible”.

    The declaration calls for an economic revival of the sector “placing greater emphasis on features such as social and environmental sustainability, resilience, health safety and the added-value contribution to the city in attracting not only visitors but also talent and investment".

    It also prioritises “job protection […], but only where it guarantees decent working conditions that do not encourage job insecurity”.

    Such a revival would “need to be compatible with residents’ daily lives, a crucial aspect for the smooth running of the city”.

    The Tourism and City Council is a permanent citizen-participation body whose goal is to debate and take part in the drafting of the City Council’s public policies concerning tourism.

    Statement from Barcelona City Council’s Tourism and City Council (PDF) [CA]

    Last updated: 19/05/2020

  • Barcelona City Council's Government Commission has approved a series of investments of close to 3 million euros, taken from the proceeds collected from the tax on stays in tourist establishments (IEET) in the city, in projects supporting the city’s business fabric, promoting the city’s sustainability and image and encouraging local consumption through incentives.

    The aim in particular is to support the revival of the tourist sector, which creates a considerable amount of employment in the city.

    The tax on stays in tourist establishments (IEET) is a tax paid by people staying in regulated tourist accommodation during their visit to the city. It is a regional tax, 50% of which is managed by Barcelona.

    Which projects will be funded?

    • Circuits and protocols for ensuring a safe city for visitors in the post-COVID-19 framework.
    • Initiatives for improving tourist research and innovation.
    • Strategies for stimulating consumption in the city’s municipal markets and commercial fabric during the coming Christmas campaign.
    • international promotion initiatives.
    • Events relating to cultural and creative industries.

    Investment of 800,000 euros in cultural and creative projects

    Barcelona is allocating 800,000 euros of revenue raised from the tourist tax to support cultural and creative projects to position the city internationally.

    The investment will be made in the following projects: a tourist promotion campaign in Barcelona focusing on local consumption (200,000 euros); the Pride 2020 project to position the city as an LGBTI tourist destination (100,000 euros); the Barcelona Grec Festival (250,000 euros), and La Mercè (250,000 euros), with the goal of supporting and maintaining a range of culture with an international appeal, despite the health crisis.

    Further information (CA)

    Last updated: 16/06/2020

  • 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

  • This is a business one-stop-shop for enabling economic activity in the district. Located in the Media-TIC building, the office offers information for carrying out a business activity in the 22@ district. Preliminary use-plan reports, activity-starting and ending statements, licence transfers and applications for occupying public roads and squares can be processed there.

    Last updated: 19/05/2021

  • Personalised support for small enterprises, startups, self-employed workers, social- and solidarity-economy shops and organisations in defining a strategic business plan that enables the acceleration of their financial recovery in a post-COVID-19 context.

    Last updated: 23/07/2020

  • 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

  • Barcelona City Council is calling on the local scientific-research ecosystem to seek solutions to the challenges facing the city as a result of the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Area for Culture, Education, Science and Community has launched a call for entries for new research awards aimed at members of the scientific community, up to age of 40, working in any branch of knowledge, with the clear intention of stimulating and boosting Barcelona’s young talent.

    The awards have a budget of 1.2 million euros, from a €90 million fund approved by the Full Municipal Council Meeting to deal with the emergency caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The project-entry period will last for one month, starting on 7 October. The projects that the call is aimed at must fall within one or more of the following subject areas and challenges in the context of Barcelona city and, if appropriate, its surrounding metropolitan area:

    • Population density, public space and social welfare
    • Social welfare in relation to housing and basic services
    • Sustainable mobility for people and goods
    • Climate emergency and the city
    • Quality ageing, children and the city
    • The city and visitors
    • New productive models and spaces in the city
    • Sustainable food and the city
    • Technology and improving public services

    The call is open to all types of project, without any restrictions to the format or field of scientific research, and aimed at rethinking the city from any approach or area of knowledge.

    Last updated: 08/10/2020

  • The Municipal Institute for People with Disabilities (IMPD) is to award a special open subsidy of 600,000 euros to 25 special education centres in Barcelona to help them meet the costs of applying safety protocols for Covid-19. The subsidies, also available to students and their families, are intended to be used for extra staff, the purchase of individual protective materials, rents and the conditioning of spaces, and the purchase of technological materials for remote learning.

    Last updated: 17/11/20

  • We have promoted the “We design trade” project to involve students from the city’s design schools in the definition and development of local trade transformation processes based on innovative ideas.

    Last updated: 31/12/2020

  • Initiative in the markets network through the promotion of the differential values of the city’s markets in the fresh, quality, local, organic and short-circuit product distribution network. At the same time, we should also highlight their role as watchdogs for healthy and sustainable food. The programme will continue until June 2021.

    Last updated: 22/02/2021

  • This initiative recognises the tourist operators who opt for responsible management in accordance with requirements based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and emphasises the importance of health safety in the face of COVID-19 or any other pandemic, to build up trust among customers. Operators that adopt this commitment will receive training and advice on drawing up an improvement plan that enables them to obtain the label, thereby attracting attract new members of the public and improving their positioning. They will also have the Safe Travels seal available, awarded by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

    Last updated: 19/05/2021

  • This service puts experts in using ICTs and e-Government at the disposal of city residents, according to their needs, so that they can support them in their digital skills acquisition and thereby improve the quality of the use they make of ICTs.

    Last updated: 19/05/2021

     

  • Organised by Barcelona City Council, the Neighbourhood Plan and the NOVACT association, this campaign promotes the use of the REC citizen currency to stimulate consumption in shops, local services and municipal market stalls. It offers 15% discounts on purchases made with the REC citizen currency in shops that have signed up to the initiative.

    Term: until 31 July 2021, or when the discounts end.

    Last updated: 20/05/2021

  • This initiative to disseminate up-to-date information on the city’s commercial and economic sectors will be a tool with updated statistical contents. It is aimed at disseminating and transferring knowledge to the sectors’ operators and organisations, to citizens and the public authorities. The Visor Comercial interactive tool will display data in an transparent, comprehensive and universally accessible way.

    Start: April 2021.

    Last updated: 20/05/2021

  • Focused on plans for improving and maintaining Barcelona’s network of markets, it is provided with an annual budget of €4 million and includes the implementation of the network’s digitisation plan, which has a budget of €2.8 million.

    Last updated: 20/05/2021

  • Culinary, workshop, culture, music and show activities, and plenty more, for Barcelonaians to rediscover, through this iconic site in the city, and help to resume shopping, restaurant and café activities, so greatly weakened by the effects of the pandemic.

    Term: the activities will resume as soon as the measures for containing COVID-19 so permit.

    Last updated: 20/05/2021

  • Launched jointly with the Turisme de Barcelona Consortium, it is aimed at revitalising the city centre’s shops, restaurants and hotels. This is a digital campaign, with initiatives through Instagram and a 3D animation system.

    Term: from April to May 2021.

    Last updated: 20/05/2021

  • Participation from the Barcelona Municipal Markets Institute (IMMB) in the City Council’s Third Zero Plastic Board. Follow-up measures are being specified for implementation.

    Last updated: 20/05/2021

  • Final impetus of the “Green Commerce” project, working jointly with    team for Food Policy and Promoting Sustainable Food at Barcelona City Council and with representatives from retailers to foster organic and local produce.

    Last updated: 20/05/2021

  • Creating and boosting an agreement with the Barcelona Federation of Municipal Market Associations (FEMM). Initiative in the markets network through the promotion of the differential values of the city’s markets in the fresh, quality, local, organic and short-circuit product distribution network. We are also strengthening their role as watchdogs for healthy and sustainable food.

    Term: until June 2021.

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