Barcelona and Budapest to cooperate on improving municipal markets

Barcelona and Budapest City Councils are going to work together, to continue improving their municipal food market networks as a public service. Both councils will join forces on a European level through Emporion, the association of Europe's best food markets, and directly with the European Commission and the European Parliament.

The Deputy Mayor for Economic Promotion, Jordi W. Carnes, met his Budapest counterpart, Miklos Hagyo, at Budapest's Central Market (Központi Vásárcsarnok) on 12 September 2008, where they agreed to promote joint activities that would enable an exchange of best practices in market logistics, renovation and marketing.

Barcelona and Budapest, two cities similar in size and number of residents, have the best networks of municipal markets in Europe. Budapest has sixteen covered markets, the most notable being the Central Market, which has a trading area measuring 10,000 m2 and is Eastern Europe's biggest covered market. It was built towards the end of the 19th century in the Sezession style (similar to Catalan Art Nouveau), and comprehensively modernised during the 1990s.

Barcelona, Europe's food market capital, has an extensive network of 46 municipal markets, of which half have been or are in the process of being remodelled and modernised.

It was also agreed to organise an official visit by Budapest City Council to Barcelona, though the dates have yet to be specified.