International relations

On Saturday, 28 March, Project for Public Spaces presented Barcelona with its Market City Award This event concluded the International Public Markets Conference held from 26 to 28 March, during which a declaration was issued on the opportunities markets offer for transforming cities.

Representatives of the cities involved in the URBACT Markets project met at Santa Caterina Market for a meeting that marked the official end to two years of joint work promoting markets as a stimulus to urban development.

The 9th International Public Markets Conference kicked off in Barcelona on Thursday 26 March with a plenary session, where markets from places as diverse as Papua New Guinea, Katmandu, Montreal, Medellín, New Orleans and Chefchaouen shared their experiences and strategies along with the first working sessions.

For four days and over the course of two back-to-back international conferences the city will become a forum in which to discuss markets and their role as engines of entrepreneurship, employment and placemaking, as well as being champions of healthy food.

The Barcelona Municipal Institute of Markets has signed a collaboration agreement with Sant Boi City Council for refurbishing the Centre-La Muntanyeta Market.

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Genís Arnàs, Markets Service Manager, and Xavier Trull, the Manager of Mercat de la Llibertat, have made a second visit to Medellín, to continue advising and sharing their knowledge with the city's markets.

Visita Maputo

The Mayor of Maputo, David Simango, heads a delegation that has come to Barcelona to find out first hand how our city's markets operate and are commercially run. They hope to use this experience back in their own country.

Visita Piacenza Boqueria

A delegation from the Italian city of Piacenza is on a three-day visit of the Boqueria and Santa Caterina markets to find out about the Barcelona model.

Visita Medellin Santa Caterina

A Colombian delegation visited our city this week. The visit was part of an international project to exchange experiences in municipal market management.

Queen Victoria Market

A delegation from Melbourne is touring some of our city's most iconic markets for three days, to find out about the Barcelona model and adopt some of our initiatives to modernise their own markets.

The Mayor of Medellín, Alonso Salazar Jaramillo, visited Santa Caterina Market on Friday 2 October 2009, as part of an official visit to Barcelona. Both cities are collaborating with an international project to exchange experiences of running municipal markets.

On Tuesday 14 July, Barcelona Municipal Markets Institute (IMMB) welcomed Mohamed A. Al-Halabi, Head of International Relations for Gaza City, who was accompanied by Glòria Marcet from Barcelona City Council's Department of International Cooperation, Solidarity and Peace.

Barcelona's network of municipal markets, managed by IMMB, joined the World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) during the course of its 26th biannual conference, held in Copenhagen in the first week of October 2008.

The World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM), an association representing central food markets based in the Netherlands, has created a working group on retail markets to make meetings between them easier and to defend their interests on an international level.

On 22-24 May 2008, traders from London's Borough Market displayed a range of top quality produce at La Boqueria, saying they very satisfied with the welcome they received. Some time later it was the turn of 30 Boqueria Market stallholders to visit Borough Market. This exchange consolidated the twinning activities begun in 2005.

A delegation from the IMMB, comprised of the director of the Markets Service, Genís Arnàs and the director of the Mercat de la Llibertat, Xavier Trull, conducted a working visit between 12 and 18 July, invited to the city of Medellín in response to the city's interest in receiving advice on how to improve the management of its markets.

Barcelona and Budapest City Councils are going to work together, to continue improving their municipal food market networks as a public service. Both councils will join forces on a European level through Emporion, the association of Europe's best food markets, and directly with the European Commission and the European Parliament.