European Funds

EU NEXT GENERATION FUNDS

Barcelona’s strategy for the EU’s Next Generation funds (NGEU) represents the city’s response to the crisis caused by Covid-19, as well as the opportunity proffered by the Recovery Plan for us to work to build a Europe for the future.

Barcelona is planning comprehensive change that will help the city become more resilient in the face of future crises, committing to the ecological and energy transition, digital transition and social cohesion.

Barcelona City Council’s response is being developed around seven strategic areas, to enable the city to continue to work to continue towards a resilient Barcelona that looks ahead to a sustainable future.

These seven strategic areas are:

  • boosting the local economy
  • boosting sustainable mobility
  • achieving a fair digital transition
  • working for a responsible transition towards a sustainable model for renewable energies and renovation
  • creating a stronger system for innovation, research and knowledge
  • developing health and social infrastructures
  • focusing on the recovery of the nature in the city

PROJECTS WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE RECOVERY, RESILIENCE AND TRANSFORMATION PLAN (PRTR) IN PROGRESS:

Call/Transfer Awarded amount Administration Body launching the call Promoter Year
Subsidies directly awarded by the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration in the domain of social inclusion 9.319.398€ Spanish government Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration Social Rights, Global Justice, Feminism and LGBTI Affairs 2021

Subsidy from the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration for the socio-labor inclusion of beneficiaries of the Minimum Vital Income

The project consists of creating a input device one-stop to help with the development of active policy paths to suit each individual's profile (a multi-dimensional vision providing multi-professional support). In combination with the payment of Minimum Income benefits, this action model aims to strengthen the socio-occupational inclusion of the 1,000 participants, emphasising stronger relational and community ties so that inclusion is not solely about access to the labour market and guaranteed incomes. Apart from the inclusion itineraries to be carried out by the participants, there will be individualized social support and actions aimed at encouraging community participation.

  • Action 1: SELECTION OF PARTICIPANT POPULATION AND EVALUATION: Analysis of minimum income beneficiary data and delimitation of the target population profile; Selection of the treatment and control groups; Baseline or ex ante survey
  • Action 2: DESIGN OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT, ADMINISTRATION AND GOVERNANCE: Defining the monitoring and information exchange system; Defining the communication strategy; Selecting the social team
  • Action 3: INTERVENTION DESIGN AND PROGRAMMING: SINGLE-ENTRY OPERATION AND INCLUSIVE ACTIVITIES: Design of the single-entry operation; Design of the inclusive activities; Design of the programme's admission process for participants
  • Action 4: IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SINGLE-ENTRY OPERATION AND THE INCLUSIVE ACTIVITIES (WORKING WITH THE TREATMENT GROUP): Communication and informative sessions with participants; Single-entry operation; Selection of a sample of cases for community participation and entrepreneurial activities; Start of the activities
  • Action 5: MONITORING AND EVALUATION: Qualitative and quantitative assessment

Members:

Call/Transfer Awarded amount Administration Body launching the call Promoter Year
Adjustments for the support of markets, urban commercial areas, non-sedentary commerce and short marketing channels 8,162,229.60€ Spanish government Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism Economy, resources and economic promotion 2021

Economic revitalization project for local markets and businesses (SMEs) in the city of Barcelona

A project for the economic rehabilitation of local markets and shops (SMEs) in the city of Barcelona was presented. This project includes actions such as providing markets and commercial establishments with the necessary tools to be competitive in digital environments, transforming the points of sale of establishments, awareness-raising actions, training and business advice, actions in the field of sustainability and promotion of the circular economy, and other complementary actions such as the installation of fiber optics or the improvement of the brand image of municipal markets.

  • A2- Market place for municipal markets
  • A2- Installation and maintenance of TV screens (CMS) in markets
  • A3- Digital environment publicity initiatives in municipal markets
  • A4- Census of establishments
  • A5- Installation of collection points (food lockers) in markets
  • A6- Construction of the Horta provisional market
  • A7- Renovation work on the Besòs Market
  • A8- Improvement actions in various municipal markets.
  • A9- Adaptation of Ciutat Vella establishments as part of the Neighbourhood Plan
  • A10- Adaptation Plan for establishments acquired by Barcelona City Council
  • A11- Renovation of the wholesaler's area at Mercabarna's Green Point
  • A12- Renovation of the retailer's area at Mercabarna's Green Point
  • A13- Action plan for reducing plastic waste and adhering to the IMMB's sustainability plan
  • A14- Installation of recharging points
  • A15- Comerç a Punt business reactivation programme
  • A16- Ground Floor Establishments Office (LPB in Catalan)
  • A17- Installing fibre optics in markets
  • A18- Municipal market signage and brand image

Members:

Call/Transfer Awarded amount Administration Body launching the call Promoter Year
Program of adjustments to municipalities for the implementation of low emissions zones (ZBE) and the digital and sustainable transformation of urban transport 74,888,166.98€ Spanish government Secretary General of Transports and Mobility Urban Ecology 2021

Promotion of sustainable and safe mobility in the ZBE of Barcelona

The aim is to achieve an improvement in air quality, the reduction of noise in urban environments, the promotion of the decarbonisation of urban mobility through different measures aimed at the very fabric of the city and its infrastructures, as well as the empowerment and optimization of urban and metropolitan transport. The following actions have been presented:

  • Control of the Low Emissions Zone (ZBE).
  • Expansion of the bike lane network.
  • Improvement of vertical accessibility in mountain neighborhoods (elevators and stairs).
  • super apples Adaptation of urban spaces for the implementation of pedestrian zones and itineraries and improvement of accessibility.
  • Reduction of the road capacity in the axes of access to the city (Meridiana).
  • Barcelona City 30. Actions to calm road traffic.
  • Electrification of public transport (purchase of vehicles).
  • Digitization of mobility services (SMOU and SPRO applications).

Members:

Call/Transfer Awarded amount Administration Body launching the call Promoter Year
Subsidies for the digital transformation and modernization of the administrations of Local Entities 6,084,141.72€ Spanish government Ministry of Territorial Policy Agenda 2030, Digital Transition and Sports 2021

Subsidies for the digital transformation and modernization of the administrations of Local Entities

Digital transformation and modernization project carried out through five strategic projects that include "Citizen-oriented administration" that has the objective of ensuring maximum accessibility of public services in digital channels, "Intelligent Operations" that pursues digital transformation of the City Council improving internal management and processing processes, the Government of the data through which a Data Portal will be implemented in order to integrate different data sources, the intelligent Infrastructures that will adapt the work environment of municipal staff in a digital administration modernized and finally Cybersecurity, which involves the implementation of tools and methodologies such as "Risk and Compliance (GRC) in Cybersecurity", the Security Operations Center and Office of Advanced Telecommunications Services, the Implementation of a New System of Access Control to the Corporate Network (NAC) and improvements in the response to security incidents.

  • Line 1: Administration geared towards city residents
  • Line 2: Smart operations: Increasing the efficiency of services and processes
  • Line 3: Data governance: Barcelona Dades portal
  • Line 4: Adaptation project for municipal workers’ environment
  • Line 5: Reinforcing cyber defence structures in the digital environment

Members:

Call/Transfer Awarded amount Administration Body launching the call Promoter Year
Management of subsidies as part of aid programmes for residential renovations 42,541,956€ Government of Spain Catalan Housing Agency Barcelona Housing Consortium 2021

Management of subsidies as part of aid programmes for residential renovations

Credit transfers via agreements made by the Catalan Housing Agency (funds from MITMA) on behalf of the Barcelona Housing Consortium for the management of subsidies within the municipality of Barcelona for aid programmes for renovation projects at neighbourhood level; supporting renovation offices; renovation at individual building level; energy efficiency improvements in buildings; energy efficiency improvements in flats; financial aid for drafting the existing building book for renovation and the drafting of renovation projects under Royal Decree 853/2021, of 5 October.

The Consortium, via its respective calls for applications, is responsible for the processing and resolution of adjudication procedures and subsidy payments, and for the management of subsidy payment.

  • Action 1: Subsidy programme for renovations at neighbourhood level.
  • Action 2: Support programme for renovation offices.
  • Action 3: Subsidy programme for renovations at individual building level.
  • Action 4: Subsidy programme for improving energy efficiency in dwellings.
  • Action 5: Subsidy programme for drafting the existing building book for renovations and drafting renovation projects.

Goal to be achieved by the 4th quarter of 2023: 5,845 Actions (single dwellings) in the City of Barcelona (23.23% of the total for Catalonia)

Call/Transfer Awarded amount Administration Body launching the call Promoter Year
Monitoring and management software for recharging vehicles in the City of Barcelona 48,000€ Government of Spain Institute for Energy Saving and Diversification B:SM 2021

Monitoring and management software for recharging vehicles in the City of Barcelona

In 2019, B:SM introduced a customised system for managing its network of Endolla e-vehicle recharging points, because at that time there were no existing tools that met their operational needs. Since then, the e-mobility sector has experienced major growth in terms of the number of points, users, recharging operations, functions, etc. This situation has led to the saturation of the current software and an increase in costs, making B:SM's customised solution increasingly expensive and complex.

For these reasons, it is planned to develop a new, more standardised central system that enables the management and monitoring of B:SM's recharging points to be improved. This new tool must be integrated with existing recharging points, the SMOU application and the Business Central (BC) invoicer. In the future, it will also be integrated with car park energy management solutions to enable smart recharging.

  • Design and development of a new management and monitoring system for the e-vehicle recharging points and integration with the SMOU app
  • Development of a new system and integration with Business Central
  • Integration via the OCPI protocol, for every new customer
  • Launching of a new points-based management system
  • Creation of testing environments (development, pre-production and production)
  • Definition and production of customised developments, reports and dashboards
  • System configuration, the migration of points and service users and carrying out training
  • Networking
  • Creation of the site-to-site VPN and maintenance

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SHARED MANAGEMENT FUNDS

ERDF OPERATIONAL PROGRAM 2014-2020

One of the priorities of European integration is building a common space through the cohesion and convergence of Europe’s regions. European structural and investment funds therefore fund projects that reinforce this economic, social and territorial cohesion and drive sustainable, intelligent and integrating growth throughout the whole of the European Union (EU).

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is the EU’s main instrument for promoting this cohesion policy. Together with the European Social Fund (ESF) it constitutes the Structural Funds for investing in the economic restructuring of the EU and reducing the imbalances between Europe’s regions.

ERDF investments promote a smarter, greener, more social and better-connected Europe, which is more accessible to its citizens.

The EU also promotes internal cooperation between regions and countries through ERDF funding.

PROGRAMME

The Operational Program of the ERDF of Catalonia 2014-2020 is framed in Regulation (EU) 1303/2013 of the Parliament and of the Council and, especially, in the Agreement of association of Spain 2014-2020, the strategic document that defines investment priorities in the state.

The managing authority of the Operational Program of the ERDF of Catalonia 2014-2020 is the Ministry of Finance and Civil Service. The General Directorate of European Funds of the Generalitat de Catalunya acts as a decentralized intermediate body, with the delegated coordinating function of the Program.

MANAGEMENT

The General Directorate of European Funds of the Department of Economy and Finance of the Generalitat de Catalunya is the unit responsible for the management of the Operational Program of the ERDF of Catalonia 2014-2020.

In compliance with article 125.4c of Regulation (EU) 1303/2013, channels are facilitated for the communication of suspected fraud or irregularities within the framework of the following actions co-funded through the ERDF Catalonia Operational Programme during the period 2014-2020:

For more information on anti-fraud measures, check the following links:

ASSESSMENT

Assessment of the ERDF Catalonia Operational Programme for the period 2014-2020 is implemented according to the specific assessment plan for the same. This plan sets out the criteria and procedures which the ERDF’s managing authority and intermediate bodies must adopt to measure the results and the level of compliance with the programme’s goals.

COMMUNICATION

Download graphic image and communication manuals PO 2014-2020 ERDF

Eurpean Regional Development Fund (ERDF) opened in the City of Barcelona

ERDF funds: ISUDS (Integrated Sustainable Urban Development Strategy)

Project funded: Sustainable urban development of the Eix Besòs

The purpose of this project is to improve the social and urban inequality indicators in the Ciutat Meridiana, Vallbona, Torre Baró, Roquetes , Trinitat Nova, Baró de Viver, Bon Pastor, Verneda - La Pau and Maresme-Besòs neighbourhoods, with a population of 114,014 inhabitants that could potentially benefit .

It is designed to meet the following challenges.

  • Economic challenges: eliminating the imbalances between family incomes, reducing the unemployment rate and generating commercial activity.
  • Environmental challenges: creating a quality environmental and heritage space in the Besòs area, reducing the use of private vehicles (17% share of transport) and getting more businesses to revalue their waste.
  • Social challenges: reducing educational failure and dropout rates, cutting the number of people at risk of social exclusion and increasing the number who do sport.
  • Demographic change challenges: increasing the number of people covered by telecare and other programmes, as well as the number connected to the internet.
  • Climate change challenges: increasing climate change resilience.

The project is planned to last four years and is equally funded by the EU and Barcelona City Council, with a total investment budget of €30 million.

Programme Operational manager Project Run by Budget/Subsidy
Sustainable Growth Spanish Ministry of Finance and Civil Service ISUDS (Sustainable Urban Development Strategy) Franja Besòs Project Urban Ecology 30 M € / 15 M €

RIS3CAT Agreement

Barcelona City Council signed a collaborative agreement with the Catalan government (Generalitat) in November 2015 to carry out operations as part of the Research and Innovation Strategy for smart Specialisation in Catalonia (RIS3CAT), jointly funded through the ERDF Operational Programme under the Investment in Growth and Employment Objective for Catalonia 2014-2020.

Programme Operational manager Project Run by Budget/Subsidy
PO FEDER Catalunya 2014-2020 Generalitat Conveni RIS3CAT Ajuntament 80 M € / 40 M €

The agreement provides joint funding for various activities that come under three working programmes:

Program Imports Agreements Subvención FEDER
1. Entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystem for economic development 35.000.000 € 17.500.000 €
2. Intelligent cities initiative for the development of urban public services 35.000.000 € 17.500.000 €
3. Innovative public purchasing - Open Challenge 10.000.000 € 5.000.000 €
SUB-TOTAL 80.000.000 € 40.000.000 €

Barcelona City Council is working through several departments and with its own means to put forward various actions as part of the process of implementing EU funds in Catalonia.

Actions approved/under execution Program Executive Total
Improves the economic-business fabric of the city of Barcelona 1 BASA 4.666.816,32 €
Promotion of entrepreneurship and incubation services 1 BASA 4.293.114,49 €
Digitization of public services 1 BASA 1.410.055,87 €
Development of CityOS of Barcelona 2 IMI 1.028.719,00 €
Primary and urgent care services 2 IMI 1.191.840,97 €
Promotion services for personal autonomy and the elderly 2 IMI 1.516.895,61 €
Intelligent irrigation management platform 2 EU 310.526,39 €
New remote control system for Ornamental Fountains 2 EU 160.330,58
SUB-TOTAL APPROVED GENERALITAT     14.578.299,24 €

DIRECT MANAGEMENT FUNDS

URBAN INNOVATIVE ACTIONS

Project funded: B-MINCOME

Programme Operational manager Project Run by Budget/Subsidy
Innovative Urban Actions European Comission B-MINCOME Social Rights 6.067.610,51 € / 4.854.088,41 €

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) provides urban authorities across Europe with spaces and resources to try out innovative ideas not previously tested in order to tackle inter-related challenges and study how these ideas respond to the complexity of real life. These projects must be high-quality, innovative projects that are designed and developed with the participation of any interested parties and geared towards results that are transferable.

B-MINCOME is the winning project submitted by Barcelona City Council, which is led by the Area of Social Rights. The aim behind it is to analyse how all the city’s residents can be guaranteed the minimum income required for a decent life and it is based on the premise that the current social assistance system is insufficient for achieving that aim.

The project will be implemented over the course of the next two years with the following partners:

Project funded: GBG_AS2C

Programme Operational manager Project Run by Budget/Subsidy
Innovative Urban Actions European Comission Climate Shelters Schools Urban Ecology 4.997.462,20 € / 3.997.969,76 €

Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) provides urban authorities across Europe with spaces and resources to try out innovative ideas not previously tested in order to tackle inter-related challenges and study how these ideas respond to the complexity of real life. These projects must be high-quality, innovative projects that are designed and developed with the participation of any interested parties and geared towards results that are transferable.

The GBG_AS2C project will address the heat island effects in the City of Barcelona and prepare the city to face predicted increasingly high temperatures in summer, by transforming 10 pilot schools into climatic shelters.

Considering their low degree of adaptation to heat, but also their spatial distribution throughout the city as well as their great level of penetration within communities, schools are relevant spaces for adapting the city to climate change for the benefit of all. The project will implement a package of measures designed through a participatory process, introducing blue (aquatics playgrounds), green (greening playgrounds) and grey (traditional) components in schools in order to convert them into climatic shelters - not only for students, but also for summer school camps and all citizens outside of school time, as a refreshing and shaded leisure facility. In parallel, a climate change educational project will be adopted to contribute to climate change awareness, including the involvement of children and school professionals in the health assessment process.

The project will be implemented over the course of the next two years with the following partners:

 

HORIZON 2020

 

EU Research and Innovation Framework Program.

ERASMUS+

EU program to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe

REC

Rights, Equality and Citizenship Program

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