The Economic Development Plan of Ciutat Vella includes socioeconomic proposals from residents, and those from the community fabric, and social and business sectors represented in our neighbourhoods. It draws on diagnosis and previous experiences seen in the area (public policy and previous programmes that we need to commit to, which in certain cases need some rethinking, updating or special development) and it proposes new solutions in line with the programme presented for the new government mandate.

The strategies and measures contained in this plan are the result of several documents and deliberative scenarios:

Steering Group behind the Economic Development Plan of Ciutat Vella

A Steering Group was set up in order to develop the Economic Development Plan of Ciutat Vella made up by technical staff of the District Council and the team at Barcelona Activa in Ciutat Vella and advisers at the District Council. This group has been meeting fortnightly since early April 2016.

District Action Plan (PAD) and the Municipal Action Plan (PAM)

The starting point of these strategy lines and measures were proposals made during the PAD / PAM consultation process, a document that sets out the strategy lines for this municipal and District mandate. Ciutat Vella held 31 events during this process with the participation of 1,200 people. Moreover, 110 people from the District contributed via the web. As part of the consultation process, special meetings were carried out with retail and commerce stakeholders, and the tourism sector and the community. The contributions that achieved most consensus in Ciutat Vella were processed and the minutes of the meetings held in the District were revised.

Barcelona Activa’s local development plan

Contents from the PAD/PAM proposals were crossed with a new strategy of local development by Barcelona Activa, as well as the expertise of 30 years designing and implementing programmes to promote employment, entrepreneurship, business and economic activity in general in the city and its neighbourhoods.

A first draft for discussion was developed from these two first sources.

Working sessions for the Economic Development Plan of Ciutat Vella

In addition to discussion forums on the PAD / PAM, which were part of the preparation framework for the Economic Development Plan of Ciutat Vella, there were also working sessions with various stakeholders implicated in local development. These meetings were developed as part of the aforementioned draft, which had previously been submitted to participants, and these strategy lines and measures were discussed.

In particular the following sessions were held:

  • 1 Municipal District committee of technicians: with the participation of staff from the Directorate of Public Services and a representative of Foment de Ciutat Vella and the Director of Social Services of Ciutat Vella and the Director of the Catalan Government’s Office for Work and Employment, as well as the Barcelona Activa team located in Ciutat Vella.
  • 4 district sessions (one for each neighbourhood of Ciutat Vella: the Raval, the Gòtic area, Sant Pere, Santa Caterina i la Ribera and Barceloneta) with stakeholders related to economic development: shop owner associations, secondary organizations dedicated to economic and community revitalization, and employment networks.
  • 1 meeting on tourism and economic revitalization at a District level, where all stakeholders were invited to participate that had been at the neighbourhood sessions along with entities and representatives of tourism, leisure and restaurant businesses, and also the guilds.
  • 2 sessions with directors, managers and technical specialists working in different departments at Barcelona Activa: Employment, Enterprise, Entrepreneurship, Tourism and Other Economies. The Technical Commissioner for the Cooperative, Social and Solidarity Economy also attended, along with the Directorate General for Trade and Commerce.

In addition to these areas designed for participation, there were 10 interviews with specific key professionals from Barcelona Activa, the District and the Directorate General for Trade and Commerce.

In total, around 85 people participated in these events designed to draft the Economic Development Plan of Ciutat Vella.

Contributions were collected at each interview and session, as were other reflections, and these were assessed so that they could be introduced into the Plan. When setting numerical results, we considered the results and indicators used by programmes involved with training, employment and support for businesses and entrepreneurship at Barcelona Activa, inferring information at the Ciutat Vella level, and contrasting this with the directors of the various services and programmes regarding the viability of new indicators, according to resources planned for the next five years.