Changes to the political structure of the First Deputy Mayor’s Office
City Council. Laura Pérez, Councillor for Feminism and LGBTI, also takes on the role of Councillor for International Relations, while Álvaro Porro takes over from Jordi Via as Commissioner for Social Economy, Local Development and Consumption.
The First Deputy Mayor’s Office, headed by Gerardo Pisarello, has changed its name and its organisational structure to strengthen municipal government areas such as economic management (including ecological and cooperative economies), the digital city and international relations. The changes come at the halfway point in the current term of office, when the strategic planning stage for municipal action has been clearly set out.
The new name of First Deputy Mayor’s Office for Economy, Work, Digital City and International Relations substitutes the previous name, clearly reflecting the municipal government priority of driving a more diverse economy and policies relating to employment in all neighbourhoods and districts. It also indicates its backing for the digital economy, outlined in the ‘Barcelona, Digital City 2017-2020’ plan and headed by the commissioner Francesca Bria.
Changes to organisational structure
Laura Pérez, the Councillor for Feminism and LGBTI, part of the Fourth Deputy Mayor’s Office, also takes on the role of Councillor for International Relations with the aim of providing a new impetus for the network of relationships with cities around the world and matters relating to global justice and international cooperation.
Álvaro Porro will be the new Commissioner for Social Economy, Local Development and Consumption, taking over from Jordi Via, who is giving up his post as commissioner for personal reasons. Porro was previously the Executive Director for Socio-Economic Development and Proximity with Barcelona Activa, where he oversaw the creation of a new area offering specialist services for the social economy. He also helped with the decentralisation of Barcelona Activa and its outreach in city neighbourhoods, a particularly positive strategy in terms of efforts to combat unemployment and create jobs in areas away from the city centre.
Local economic development in the neighbourhoods
Capitalising on the change to the area for the social and solidarity economy, the aim is also to drive local economic development policies in the neighbourhoods and link them to consumer policies. That means socio-economic projects to boost the transformation of the social and business panorama, the generation of wealth and quality jobs.
The Mayor, Ada Colau, signed the decrees setting out the changes to the First Deputy Mayor’s Office. The office still includes the Councillors’ Offices for Presidency and for Memory Programmes, the Municipal IT Institute (IMI) and the Technical Programming Office, responsible for statistics and opinion surveys.