The organisation

The organisation

The contents in this section will be determined by the members of the new City Council

Municipal structure

The structure of Barcelona City Council is defined by a law of its own: The Municipal Charter, which establishes two levels: the political structure, which defines which strategies the city should follow; and an executive structure, which is in charge of carrying out concrete political action in order to accomplish set goals.

The Municipal Charter establishes the guidelines for the running of Barcelona City Council. In order to guarantee maximum effectiveness and efficiency in the management of the city, it divides its organisational structure into two: a political structure and an executive structure.

The political structure

TThe Political Structure is made up of the councillors in charge of law making, policy-making and regulation.

The governmental bodies that make it up are:

  • The Municipal Council
  • The Mayor or Mayoress
  • The Council Executive

The Municipal Council

The Municipal Council is the embodiment of the highest political representation for the city’s residents. Made up of 41 councillors and chaired by the Mayor or Mayoress, it is in charge of the supervision and auditing of the other governmental bodies. Amongst other things, the Plenary is responsible for the approval of municipal programmes of action and spending. The Municipal Council’s ordinary meeting takes place monthly, though additional sessions may be called when necessary. It operates in Plenary Assemblies and in committees.

Municipal political groups

The municipal political groups, which must be composed of at least two councillors, are made up of councillors from the same electoral list who have obtained representation on the City Council.

Each group is represented by a spokesperson who, in general, is given powers to act on behalf of the group.

The Spokespersons Board is chaired by the Mayor or Mayoress and is made up of the spokespeople from the municipal groups. Its function is to debate the agenda raised at the ordinary meetings of the Municipal Council Plenary and regulate the issues regarding its operation.

The Mayor or Mayoress

The Mayor or Mayoress represents the City Council and manages the government and the municipal administration. Amongst other things, he or she is responsible for driving and inspecting municipal services and projects, authorising payments and settling accounts.

He or she is also the person who appoints deputy mayors from the councillors, who, in turn, substitute him or her in case of leave, sickness or vacancy.

The Council Executive

The Council Executive is the City Council’s executive body and is composed of its president, the Mayor or Mayoress, and the deputies appointed by him or her.

Its functions are defined by the Municipal Charter, the Mayor or Mayoress or any organism or body delegated by him or her.

The district councils

To decentralise its management and attend to its residents locally, Barcelona is divided into ten districts. In addition to each district’s Councillor and President, the highest representation of each of them is the District Council.

The executive structure

The executive structure is responsible for carrying out the initiatives of the Government and the Municipal Council. Its highest representative in this area is the chief executive, who coordinates the 6 areas of management as well as the 10 district councils, who, in turn, deliver daily municipal management to the city’s 73 neighbourhoods.

The chief executive must also supervise the City Council’s instrumental bodies, who are specialised in the management of areas such as education, sport, the urban landscape and services for disabled persons.

The executive structure is organised into areas of government under the direction of the chief executive in order to guarantee the City Council’s coverage of all areas of public management.