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Barcelona Cooperativa

The social and solidarity economy is an economic model that needs to be promoted and fostered in the city. That is why we support it in Barcelona.

Barcelona Cooperativa has been conceived to provide support for all social and solidarity economy initiatives in the city. Because they enable democratic management and participation in the economy and in business. Because they are initiatives designed to serve people. Because they are committed to the community and help to improve society, creating jobs, offering services and links to the local territory and collaborating in socially transforming movements. Because we want Barcelona to be a better city.

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There are 4,800 cooperative, social and solidarity initiatives in Barcelona, and they are responsible for about 8% of employment in the city. By striving for the common good, working democratically and contributing to the creation and equal distribution of wealth, they are a major benefit to the community. The First Deputy Mayor, Gerardo Pisarello, is visiting the cooperative and social enterprises and organisations in Barcelona to highlight these diverse ways of developing the city's economy. This site is designed to help an economy at the service of people to take root, by publicising the differentiating features of each one. .



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Areas of responsibility

The First Deputy Mayor's Office plays a central role in Barcelona City Council's municipal government and is in charge of the Areas of Work and Employment, Economy and Consumer Affairs, as well as the strategic planning of municipal policies, which includes designing the budgets and tax and funding policies of the Council and its subsidiary bodies. It also promotes the social and cooperative economy, responsible consumption and the city's digital innovation strategy. Other tasks involve managing the Council's international relations and cooperative work and, lastly, maintaining and promoting historical memory in the city.

Gerardo Pisarello is the First Deputy Mayor, as well as the municipal government's spokesperson.

Subject areas

The economic crisis and unemployment have hit thousands of Barcelona men and women hard. A priority of the municipal government is to respond to this situation with social rescue policies on the one hand, and policies that help workers find a job on the other. One of the most important tasks of the First Deputy Mayor's Office is to draw up and implement these employment policies with the aim of promoting sufficient, stable, quality jobs for all Barcelona's citizens.
Another of the functions of the First Deputy Mayor's Office is the implementation of policies that boost the city's economic activities. It is in this context that the office is responsible for fostering both social and economic change and local development in Barcelona, helping with the generation of economic activity and contributing to the creation of stable and quality employment.
Strategic planning and budgets
The First Deputy Mayor's Office carry's out a key task in the strategic planning of the municipal government's policies. That means this Office has a key role to play in drawing up the Municipal Action Plan, which will outline the main lines of municipal policies in this term of office, and the annual budgets, a vital tool in carrying out these policies from year to year. A key aspect here is also the design of fiscal policy and the funding of the City council, as well as the companies and bodies that depend on it. The Office is also responsible for heritage and procurement.
Cooperative, Social and Solidarity Economy and Consumer Affairs
Barcelona City Council is not just working to get through the crisis but also promoting the establishment of more social and solidarity economic structures. In this respect the city has both a strong tradition and currently a rich cooperative, social and solidarity economy network. Experiences in this area are springing up in numerous neighbourhoods and via several initiatives. The Deputy Mayor's Office helps foster the rise and growth of this cooperative and solidarity economy with a commissioner. It also promotes the development of responsible consumption.
Historical memory
Barcelona has been at the heart of some of the most important events and struggles in contemporary history, not only in Catalonia but also in Spain and Europe. The workers' and antifascist movement experienced some of its key moments in the city. So we need to reclaim, maintain and publicise this historical memory, with the help of civil society and the municipal institutions.
International relations and global justice
Barcelona, one of the great cities of the Mediterranean and southern Europe, wants to be a city committed to solidarity and social justice beyond its municipal boundaries. As a city open to the world and with a long tradition of being committed to peace and international cooperation, it will always keep its eyes on its Catalan and Spanish setting but also its Mediterranean, European and international surroundings too. The municipal government therefore has an area devoted to international relations and another to cooperation, solidarity and peace, both of which come under the First Deputy Mayor's Office.
Digital technology and Innovation
Putting technology and the opportunities of digital innovation at the service of people's needs and a new collaborative economic model is the goal of the Commissioner for Digital Technology and Innovation. Barcelona aims to be at the forefront when it comes to deploying a concept of smart citizenship and democratic city to make this goal possible. The Commissioner is therefore tasked with ensuring the public sector leads Barcelona's digital transformation.

Who we are

The First Deputy Mayor's work is carried out by Councillor Gerardo Pisarello, a lecturer in constitutional law at the University of Barcelona. Working with him are the Councillor Eloi Badia and three commissioners: Francesca Bria, Ricard Vinyes and Jordi Via.

Political organisation chart
Gerardo Pisarello Prados
First Deputy Mayor
In charge of the Area of Work, Economy and Strategic Planning Executive organisation chart
Jordi Ayala Roqueta
Manager of Presidency and Economy Joan Antoni Llinares Gomez
Manager of Resources

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