Sectorial participation bodies

Sectoral or issue-specific participation bodies in the city are ongoing meeting spaces between the City Council and citizens, organised according to spheres of action or issues to be addressed: culture, feminism, mobility, education etc.

They include people linked to the City Council (councillors, advisers or municipal staff) and people with no ties to either the City Council or any other public administration. Sectoral bodies may also include experts in the specific area covered by the body, and who make up no more than one third of its total members.

 

Councils

ANIMAL COEXISTENCE, DEFENCE AND PROTECTION COUNCIL

What does it do?

The Animal Coexistence, Defence and Protection Council is an advisory and participatory body for the city’s animal organisations and associations. Its main mission is to sustain a dialogue between the City Council and social representatives with the aim of improving the city's quality of life.

 

Its key functions are to preserve and improve coexistence and urban biodiversity in our city, draft proposals to construct a more civil city and to improve coordination and increase collaboration among animal associations, public bodies, professional sectors and municipal representatives.

 

Organisation

The Animal Coexistence, Defence and Protection Council is organised through a plenary meeting consisting of the presiding councillor, representatives from all spheres and councillors involved in the issue under discussion, the Municipal Institute of Parks and Gardens, Barcelona Zoo, the Veterinary Society, the Society of Biology, the Zoology Museum, three experts on the subject and finally, a maximum of two representatives from the Federation of Barcelona Neighbourhood Associations .

 

The Council’s Permanent Committee  discusses and studies the subjects debated in the Plenary Meeting and informs the Council.

 
MUNICIPAL COUNCIL OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

What does it do?

The Municipal Council of International Cooperation is an advisory and participatory body created to foster and promote international development cooperation and humanitarian aid initiatives, as well as fostering human rights and peace.

The Municipal Council of International Cooperation’s aim is to guide municipal activity in the field of international development cooperation, humanitarian aid, human rights and peace.

Organisation

The International Cooperation Council is organised through a Plenary Meeting consisting of the chair (the Mayor or a delegated member of the Government Commission), the deputy chair, representatives from all municipal groups, the Commissioner From the Mayor's Office of Barcelona Solidarity, the director of Solidarity and International Cooperation,a maximum of six municipal technicians, representatives from the Catalan Fund for Development Cooperation, the Consell de Cent Association, the Barcelona Council of Associations, the Catalan Federation of NGOs for Development, the Catalan Federation of NGOs for Peace, the Catalan Federation of NGOs for Human Rights, the International Development Cooperation councils, Barcelona Youth Council, trade unions, university foundations, professional societies, federations and associations of migrant people.

A maximum of four professional experts in the field of international development cooperation, human rights and peace will also form part of the Council.

BARCELONA WOMEN'S COUNCIL

What does it do?

The Barcelona Women's Council is an advisory forum for debating and advising the Municipal Government, providing a gender perspective on public policies, according to the needs and interests expressed by women in Barcelona.

 

The Barcelona Women's Council main aims include monitoring the Municipal Plan for Women and discussing municipal actions  that contribute to promoting the presence of women in different areas of society, as well as issuing opinions and reports on matters that are especially relevant to women.

 
MUNICIPAL LESBIANS, GAYS, BISEXUALS, TRANSSEXUALS AND INTERSEXUALS COUNCIL

What does it do?

The Municipal Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transsexuals and Intersexuals Council is an advisory and participatory body that promotes equal rights, freedom and social recognition for gays, lesbians and transsexuals.

The Municipal Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transsexuals and Intersexuals Council aims include analysing the city's attitudes to people's rights regarding their identity and sexuality, debating municipal actions that help to promote the contributions made by lesbians, gays and transsexuals in all spheres, and monitoring the creation of by-laws that particularly affect lesbians, gays and transsexuals.

Organisation

The Municipal Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transsexuals and Intersexuals Council is organised through a Plenary Meeting, consisting of the chair (the Mayor or the Councillor responsible for this matter), the deputy chair (a representative from the Council's member associations) and representatives of all municipal groups.

Representatives of each of the city’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual associations also form part of the Council, as well as professionals in the municipal sphere who are linked to the Council’s priority aims and content, political parties, trade unions, business associations and universities.

SOCIAL HOUSING COUNCIL

What does it do?

Barcelona Social Housing Council is the advisory and participatory body for the city’s housing policy, acting as an instrument for generating opinions and proposals, as well as promoting its findings.

The functions of the Social Housing Council are the monitoring and evaluation of Barcelona’s housing plans, the future Law on the right to housing in Catalonia and all plans that apply to the City of Barcelona, as well as advising the Barcelona Housing Consortium, Barcelona City Council and the Generalitat’s administration on access to housing.

Organisation

The Social Housing Council is organised through a Plenary Meeting of over 60 members. It consists of the chair (the Deputy Mayor for Urban Habitat), the deputy chair and representatives of the Generalitat, the City Council, all municipal groups and the municipal sectorial participatory councils.

Members of non-profit organisations also form part of the Council, as well as members of associations, social-support organisations for access to housing, cooperatives, trade unions, professional societies and members of neighbourhood associations, among others.

MUNICIPAL ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY COUNCIL

What does it do?

It is a sectorial advisory and participatory body, which acts in areas related to sustainability. It represents various groups and sectors, promotes the Citizens' Commitment to Sustainability (the roadmap for a more sustainable city) and new strategies for the involvement, co-responsibility and participation of public organisations.

Organisation

Its functions, organisation and internal operations are governed by internal regulations approved by the Full Meeting of the Municipal Council of Barcelona City Council in 2014. The highest representational, debating and participatory body of the Citizen Sustainability Council is the Plenary Meeting.

MUNICIPAL SPORTS COUNCIL

What does it do?

The Barcelona Municipal Sports Council is a forum where the various agents and players from the sports sector in Barcelona meet and participate.  It is an instrument for furthering the promotion of sport and physical activity in the city. The Council's activities include advising the municipal government on sport, collaborating  in policies for fostering sport, taking part in the design, evaluation and monitoring of plans, programmes and sports initiatives and helping to draw up the map of municipal sports facilities (MIEM).

Organisation

Barcelona Municipal Sports Council is made up of the following bodies and participatory forums: the Plenary Meeting (which meets at least twice a year), the chair, the deputy chairs, the Permanent Commission, the secretary and the working groups.

FORUM. CITY AND COMMERCE COUNCIL

What does it do?

 

It is a place for dialogue between the City Council, the various commercial sectors and outstanding individuals from the commercial sector. The Forum has a participatory and advisory role, playing a part in how commerce is managed in Barcelona. Its role is to propose, study and provide information on municipal projects and policies which affect commerce in the city.

 
BARCELONA SECURITY COUNCIL

What does it do?

The Barcelona Security Council (CSPB) is the participatory body for the city's public security system. The place where political representatives, the justice administration, lawyers' associations, prosecutors, journalists, police forces, trade unions, employers unions and city residents meet to democratically discuss security in Barcelona. The Council holds three ordinary meetings a year.

In recent years, the CSPB has been in responsible for the rapid justice system, the implementation of pre-constituted evidence, rapid complaints reported in situ, etc.

Organisation

The CSPD is chaired by the Mayor, with representatives from many of Barcelona’s institutions and groups. The Prevention Services Directorate is in charge of providing technical support, monitoring the sessions and agreements and supporting working groups.

MUNICIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE COUNCIL

What does it do?

The Municipal Social Welfare Council is a participatory body for social well-being and quality of life, which involves society in the debate and construction of social welfare in the city.

Barcelona’s Municipal Social Welfare Council aims to analyse and draft proposals and suggest and improve the city’s policies concerning social welfare and quality of life.

It also advises, recommends and collaborates in municipal policies, plans and programmes in terms of social welfare.

Organisation

The Municipal Social Welfare Council is organised through a Plenary Meeting consisting of the chair (the Mayor or a delegated member of the Government Commission), the deputy chair (a member of the Council representing the association sector) and representatives of all municipal political groups, other municipal or sectorial participatory councils, social organisations, business associations and trade unions, professional societies, the Barcelona Ombudsman, the Archbishopric of Barcelona and other institutes and representatives of the City Council itself. Professional social welfare experts  also take part.

CULTURE COUNCIL

What does it do?

The Culture Council is a participatory body with the aim of contributing to Barcelona’s cultural development. It is a forum for dialogue between the municipal government, the various cultural sectors and outstanding individuals involved in culture  and the arts.

The purpose of the Culture Council is to influence the definition of cultural policies, how they are defined and which methods are used to implement them.

Organisation

The Culture Council is organised through a Plenary Meeting, consisting of the chair (the Mayor or a delegated member of the Government Commission), the deputy chair (a representative of the cultural bodies in the Plenary) and representatives from each of Barcelona's District Cultural Councils and from the Public Reading Commission. A maximum of 16 representatives from cultural organisations registered on the General File of Public Associations  also form part of the Council, along with a maximum of 16 people of recognised worth, eight of whom will be chosen by the Chair of the Council, with the other eight of being chosen by the representatives of cultural organisations.

MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS' COUNCIL

What does it do?

Barcelona’s Municipal Schools Council is an advisory and participatory body concerning the scheduling of non-university education within the city.

The Municipal Schools Council is the advisory forum of the Education Administration, the City Council and Barcelona Education Consortium on collaboration agreements with the Generalitat of Catalonia’s Education Department, the actions that affect complementary and extra-curricular education services, planning the construction and territorial distribution of non-university education centres and the planning and development of compensatory actions with regard to inequalities arising from the economic, social and cultural context of the student body, among others.

Organisation

The Municipal Schools' Council is organised through a Plenary Meeting, consisting of the chair (the Mayor), two deputy chairs nominated by the Barcelona Education Consortium and the City Council, respectively, and representatives from all municipal groups.

Representatives from educational organisations also take part in the Plenary Meeting, alongside representatives from the Barcelona Youth Council, the Federation of Barcelona Neighbourhood Associations , trade unions and employment organisations, as well as education administration professionals, directors of public teaching centres and subsidised centres, teachers, administration and services staff, parents and the student body.

SENIOR CITIZENS' ADVISORY COUNCIL

What does it do?

The Senior Citizens' Advisory Council is the advisory and participatory body for issues relating to the city’s senior citizens and specifically, to responsibilities and functions that improve the well-being and quality of life for this sector of the population.

Its purpose is to analyse the situation of the city’s senior citizens, monitor the actions carried out in this area and promote initiatives that help to improve the quality of life of elderly people.

Organisation

The Senior Citizens' Advisory Council is organised through a Plenary Meeting, consisting of the chair (the Mayor or the Councillor responsible for this matter), the deputy chair (a representative of the Council's member associations) and representatives from all municipal groups.

Representatives from senior-citizen organisations also form part of the Council, alongside district senior-citizen councils, senior-citizen counsellors from each district, City Council senior citizen specialists and senior citizens, endorsed by a background in participation and involvement in senior-citizen affairs.

MUNICIPAL IMMIGRATION COUNCIL

What does it do?

The Municipal Immigration Council is an advisory and participatory body created as a forum where immigrant groups and Barcelona City Council can meet and hold discussions.

The purpose of the Municipal Immigration Council is to achieve a plural and inclusive city and to combat  social and institutional racism, discrimination and xenophobia. Its functions include monitoring and assessing public policies on immigration matters, guaranteeing immigrant rights and facilitating meetings between immigrant groups and Barcelona City Council.

Organisation

The Municipal Immigration Council is organised through a Plenary Meeting, consisting of the chair (the Mayor or the Councillor for Immigration ), two deputy chairs (a representative from one of the Council's a member associations and the Commissioner for Immigration) and representatives of all municipal groups.

Representatives from immigrant organisations and associations also form part of the Municipal Immigration Council, as well as neighbourhood, civic and cultural organisations  and trade unions that are representative in municipal affairs. Experts of recognised worth on the subject of immigration may also form part of the Council.

BARCELONA MUNICIPAL COUNCIL OF ROMA PEOPLE

What does it do?

The Barcelona Municipal Council of Roma People is an advisory and participatory body for improving the well-being and quality of life of Roma citizens and promoting actions and initiatives in favour of their culture. It acts as a stable discussion and debating platform and is made up of non-profit Roma organisations based in the city.

Organisation

The Council is divided into two working groups: the special-event working group and the Roma people's strategy working group. The  former aims to encourage participation in events such as the International Roma Day or  Holocaust-victim commemorations, and the latter monitors local strategic actions.

CITY AND TOURISM COUNCIL

What does it do?

The City and Tourism Council is an open, diverse public-participation body set up to discuss what kind of city we want and, therefore, what kind of tourism best suits the City of Barcelona.

It is a forum where public bodies, associations and political representatives can share their thoughts and put forward proposals for improving the development of the tourist sector. The Tourism Council advises the municipal government on the tourism sector, proposes measures, conducts studies and opinion polls, and prepares an annual report on tourism in the city.

Organisation

The City and Tourism Council is chaired by the Mayor of Barcelona and consists of representatives from citizen and neighbourhood organisations, the sectors of tourism, commerce, catering, culture and sports, along with, trade unions, social groups and environmental associations. Experts, technical managers and representatives from each municipal groups also take part.

BARCELONA ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL

What does it do?

The Barcelona Economic and Social Council is a consultative and participatory body for economic, social and budgetary matters. Its objective is to facilitate the participation of the most representative economic and social players.

The functions of the Economic and Social Council include providing information on the municipal budget and fiscal by-laws during the period of public display, providing information about vocational training planning projects and active employment policies, as well as producing studies, rulings and resolution proposals on economic and social matters.

How is it organised?

The Barcelona Economic and Social Council is made up of twenty members, equally divided between those from the main trade unions and promoting employement. The Council is also made up of a group of ten representative people from the city's political, civic, cultural, professional, territorial and social spheres.

Thematic councils of districts

CIUTAT VELLA
  • Women's Council
  • School Board
  • Council of the Elderly
  • Health Council
  • Housing Council
SANTS-MONTJUÏC
  • School Board
  • Culture, Knowledge, Creativity and Innovation
  • Seniors
  • Economy, Business and Employment
  • Presidency, Internal Regime, Security and Mobility
  • Health
  • Women
  • Genre and LGBT
SARRIÀ-SANT GERVASI
  • Women
  • School Board
  • Health
  • Safety and Prevention
HORTA-GUINARDÓ
  • Women
  • School
  • Disabled
  • sports
  • Health
  • Safety and Prevention
SANT ANDREU
  • Sports
  • Historical Memory
  • People with disabilities
  • Solidarity and Cooperation
  • Sustainability and the Environment
  • Women
  • Health
  • Culture
  • Education
  • School
  • Seniors
EIXAMPLE
  • Sectoral Health Council
  • Council for Prevention and Security
  • School Board
LES CORTS
  • School Board
  • Economy and Finance
  • Health
  • Safety and prevention
GRÀCIA
  • Women
  • Culture
  • Accessibility
  • Seniors
  • Health
  • School
NOU BARRIS
  • Seniors
  • School
  • Feminisms
  • Commerce, employment, and social and solidarity economy
  • Sport
  • Right to Health
  • Urban Ecology
  • Right to housing
  • Participation, community action and coexistence
SANT MARTÍ
  • Women
  • Health
  • Culture, Historical Memory and Industrial Heritage
  • Social Economy and Commerce
  • School
  • Seniors
  • Youth

Pacts and agreements

CITIZEN AGREEMENT FOR A BARCELONA FREE FROM VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

What does it do?

The Citizen Agreement for a Barcelona Free From Violence against Women is a mutual agreement between Barcelona City Council, city organisations and individuals who work towards the eradication of any kind of violence against women.  

 

The agreement's guidelines are as follows: to work for an active, creative and supportive city that favours equitable relations between men and women, to consider people and groups as the driving force for change, and to promote the involvement of the general public in the pacific resolution of conflicts in order to achieve zero tolerance towards gender violence.

Who can sign the agreement?

The agreement can be signed by any city institution or association (local-resident, cultural, educational, youth, professional, trade union, political, etc.), as well as by all people who wish to be actively committed to the fight against gender violence.

CITIZEN COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY

What does it do?

The Citizen Commitment to Sustainability for a more equitable, prosperous and self-sufficient Barcelona is a shared project for all citizen organisations that wish to contribute towards improving sustainability.

Who can take part?

The Citizen Commitment to Sustainability can be joined by any organisations that wish to express their agreement with the commitment's objectives and show that they are taking actions to achieve them and make them public.

The Citizen Commitment to Sustainability is currently undersigned by associations, companies, businesses, universities and educational centres, among others.

Public hearings

PUBLIC HEARINGS

A public hearing is a meeting between municipal officials and the general public, so that they may receive information, as well as present and debate proposals concerning one of the City Council's public actions or activities. Public hearings can be for the city as a whole or for a district, and they are convened by an elected official, municipal executives or commissioners.

During a public hearing session, there will be a municipal presentation and stance, followed by a question and answer period where organisations and individuals may ask questions, make comments and discuss the presented matter.  The municipal groups may also intervene after every question and answer session, if they so desire.

There may be an allotted period for response by municipal officials, before listing the conclusions reached during the session.   

Who can convene a public hearing?

  • The Mayor, whenever he or she wishes.
  • City Participation Council.
  • Citizen initiative.
  • Municipal groups.
  • Three educational centres when the hearing is for people under the age of 16.