15/03/2018 - 17:15h

Responsible consumption as part of a sustainable socio-economic model

Economy. The new responsible consumption facility promotes a more conscious, transforming and sustainable attitude among citizens towards social, environmental and economic aspects.

03/03/2018 - 16:44h

A budget with a social and local focus

Budget. The 2018 budget, with an overall sum of nearly 2,740 million euros, has been definitively approved. The main areas for increased spending are the environment, social policies and public transport.

10/03/2018 - 10:28h

Plan to digitalise local commerce

Comerç. Municipal government measure to stimulate online sales among retailers and stallholders, with training and digitalisation grants.

05/03/2018 - 19:51h

We want peace, not oblivion

Historical memory. An extensive programme to mark the 80th anniversary of the three days of non-stop air raids over Barcelona.

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.

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 Economy and Employment, Digital City and International Relations, 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, commerce and city markets and the city's digital innovation strategy. Other tasks involve managing the business activity and city promotion, 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

Business and the promotion of the cityBusiness and the promotion of the cityBusiness and promotion of the city

Barcelona has managed to capitalise on the opportunity offered by the latest technological revolution, successfully backing emerging sectors with high added value, as well as fostering public-private collaboration and business clusters. At the same time, the city is present at international sectoral events, representing growth and promotion for the city and its entrepreneurial and business network.

Commerce and marketsCommerce and marketsCommerce and markets

Barcelona City Council is working to make city commerce an economic driving force, generating quality employment and improving community life, the quality of the public space and the urban landscape, as well as mobility. In order to achieve this, we are committed to local commerce, which has its roots in the city’s neighbourhoods, quality commerce that is dynamic, competitive, socially committed and above all, comes together in associations. At the same time, we are working on a type of commerce that includes the catering sector.

Digital technology and InnovationDigital technology and InnovationDigital 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.


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.

Historical memoryHistorical memoryHistorical 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 relationsInternational relationsInternational relations

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.

Social Economy and Local Development and ConsumptionSocial Economy and Local Development and ConsumptionSocial Economy and Local Development and Consumption

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.

Strategic planning and budgetsStrategic planning and budgetsStrategic 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.


Tourism is one of Barcelona's most important activities and one of the City Council's priorities, given its contribution to the city's economy and the various effects it has on urban life. So Barcelona promotes a type of tourism based on economic, social, environmental and cultural sustainability, to ensure residents and visitors respect and enjoy the city equally.


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.

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 Councillors Eloi Badia, Agustí Colom and Laura Pérez and four commissioners: Francesca Bria, José Luis Gómez, Álvaro Porro and Ricard Vinyes.

Political organisation chart
Gerardo Pisarello Prados
First Deputy Mayor
In charge of the Area of Economy and Employment, Digital City and International Relations Executive organisation chart
Jordi Ayala Roqueta
Manager of Presidency and Economy Maria Pilar Miràs Virgili
Manager of Resources

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