ECONOMIC REACTIVATION MEASURES
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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
The municipal government signs an agreement with the ERC political party to continue making headway in the updating of the 22@ roadmap, which is intended to be used for its adaptation to new needs and challenges.
Under this agreement, the Council aims to implement the pact signed with neighbourhood, social, business and academic players to update this large area of the city and boost its urban transformation and economic potential.
More specifically, the agreement provides for the launching of a new plan for the entire 22@ area to keep it up to date in the fields of housing, business activity, industrial heritage, urban planning and the environment. Notable measures launched by the City Council include revitalising a million square metres of productive floor space for new business projects, which will enable the creation of approximately 60,000 jobs, as well as twice the stock of new dwellings.
Last updated: 23/07/2020
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