#11 Barcelona

Organisation et fonctionnement de la Ville et de ses satellites

A seminar organized by Bordeaux Metropole and the BEST network in cooperation with the city of Barcelona.

Special thanks to its Chief Executive, Jordi Marti.

Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Barcelona is a city of 100 sq. km. where 1,605,000 people live (2015), resulting in a very high population density (16,000 people per sq. km.). It accounts for only 0.3% of the territory of Catalonia but accounts for 21% of the Catalan population (i.e. 7.5 million people). The metropolitan area of 36 towns, spread over 636 sq. km. with 3.2 million inhabitants, i.e. 43% of the population.
The foreign population is 16.3% of the city’s total population and Spaniards born abroad account for 20.7%. Some 32 million tourists visit the city every year, of whom 23 million only stop by for the day.

Ada Colau, the Mayor of Barcelona, was elected in 2015 for four years by the 41-member city council. Services are organized in five core areas of activity and, in geographical terms, in 10 districts and 73 neighborhoods. The City also controls 45 satellite entities with various legal statuses, such as municipal companies, local autonomous agencies, consortia, foundations, etc., gathered in a “holding company.”
City services, including the districts, employ 6,500 people and have a budget of €2.6 billion. The satellite entities employ 6,100 people and have a total budget of €900 million, giving the city a consolidated annual budget of €3.5 billion and a total of 12,600 employees.


Barcelona City Hall

Opening of the meeting

> Felip Roca, Director of International Affairs for the City and Secretary-General of Metropolis, the worldwide association of large metropolitan areas

> Jordi Marti, Manager of the City of Barcelona

> Marta Clari, Director of Citizens’ Rights

Transparency and accountability in the municipal council and services

> Joan Llinares, Chief Executive

The City of Barcelona’s financial model

> Jordi Ayala, Director of Finance

Barcelona Activa, a municipal company

The Porta 22 project

> Lorenzo di Pietro, Executive Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Tour of the city of Barcelona’s business incubator

Followed by:

Lunch with Sara Berbel, Managing Director of Barcelona Activa

Barcelona de Serveis Municipals, a municipal company

Welcome by:

> Ignasi Armengol, Managing Director

Followed by:

Dinner with Antoni Fernandez, Managing Director responsible for supervising municipal companies.

Delta Plan headquarters

Welcome by:

> Monica Mateos, Director of the Ciutat Vella (Old City) district

Strategy plan and creation of the Llobregat River Delta

> Marc Garcia, Director of the Delta Plan