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Final debate with candidates for the Mayor of Barcelona

sevenapp | 11 April 2019

Unanimous commitment of the candidates for the City Hall for the creation of a Consortium for the Commercial Promotion of the city

The candidates have agreed on the need to create an entity in the form of a Consortium for the Commercial Promotion of the city, which could also be an improvement of the current Tourism of Barcelona.

At the end of the debate a joke made by the same candidates was made public where all were given by winners with the exception of Josep Bou (PP) who was placed in third place.

Barcelona, ​​April 9, 2019.- Barcelona Oberta and Barcelona Comerç, with the collaboration of La Vanguardia, today celebrated the final debate with the presence of the five candidates for the mayor of Barcelona: Josep Bou (PP) , Jaume Collboni (PSC), Ernest Maragall (ERC), Manel Valls (Valls) and Elsa Artadi (JxCat). The debate was held with an empty chair to the right of the stage, evidencing the absence of Mayor Ada Colau in front of a room with more than two hundred people in the trade sector.

With this act today, the two organizing entities, Barcelona Oberta and Barcelona Comerç, had set themselves the objective of transferring to the highest candidates to govern Barcelona what are the issues that concern traders and restaurateurs, looking for real commitments and feasible to bridge bridges, strengthen connections and generate consensus for a common goal: to preserve and promote Barcelona’s trade as one of the main economic drivers of the city.

Enric Sierra, assistant director of La Vanguardia, has led and moderated this final debate, introducing each one of the topics dealt with skillfully and dynamism, leaving only 2 minutes of response time per candidate, addressing the following topics: mobility linked ecommerce; occupation of the public road and regulation of the upper blanket; Promotion of the city and application of IDB’s.

Regarding the solution proposed by the candidates to manage mobility related to ecommerce, there has been no consensus regarding the creation of a rate that is serious about this type of activity, and there are even discrepancies over Who to impose this tax? Collboni (PSC) has opted for the “Ballarín o Amazon rate”, which would increase the City Council’s trade budget, from the current 5M to € 7.7m. Maragall (ERC) would also be in favor of applying taxation to record congestion and pollution, but in this case he adds that “good behavioral taxation” is needed to stimulate sustainable practices between society. On the other hand, Bou (PP) and Valls (Valls BCN) have indicated they are not in favor of new taxes. Artadi (JxCat), on the other hand, has been unmarked by stating that a rate can not be applied without first applying solutions, such as using a fleet of electric vehicles, and said that, should it be done Effective rate, this should serve to correct externalities.

The candidates have placed the problem of the top blanket as a priority issue to be resolved by the new Consistory, although each candidate has proposed different ways to address it. Elsa Artadi (JxCAT) and Maragall (ERC) have expressed their support for promoting action plans of action that they contemplate from awareness and awareness campaigns, to social, labor and educational policies to integrate in the fields, and They have also opted for the leadership of the urban guard in the control of public space. Bou (PP) and Valls (Valls BCN) have been more forceful in the solution proposing the expansion of police forces in the streets of Barcelona; Bou in particular, has codified in 1,500 the agents that Barcelona needs to eradicate the problem, and Collboni in 1800 agents; In addition, the head of the PSC’s list added that the problem must be resolved with pacts to coordinate security and civility, combined with prevention policies.

If a few days ago some candidates were disassociated in favor of major events to promote the city, in the final debate today they have opted for a more realistic discourse showing more empathy with the current needs of commerce. In this sense, Bou (PP) has said that, first and foremost, what is needed is a normalized scenario, calling for political concord, and has proposed investing in the creation of an external cabinet made up of 100 experts (advertising, communication , entrepreneurs, …) act as evangelizer of the city around the world and make a Barcelona brand. For Collboni, the big city event would be that the 10,000 closed commercial premises would once again raise the blind, and also emphasized the need for political stability and economic certainty. For Collboni there is a great event on the horizon: the Universal Exhibition of 2030, which would be launched during the first 100 days of its mandate. Maragall, for his part, has defended an improvement in the global situation before proclaiming a great event; This improvement, he said, would be through an improvement in wages, more promotion, security, impulse and, ultimately, more city. Valls has been in favor of the Winter Olympics of 2030 or the Summer Games of 2032. Finally, Artadi has said that thinking about a great city event is an anachronism, and has opted for a continued promotion of the city from the point of view of culture, sports, business, LGBTT, innovation, and retrieve Christmas for the city to shine again.

With the law of the IDB about to enter Parliament, Enric Sierra has also questioned the candidates to know if they are in favor or not, and to know how they think it should materialize, once it enters into force. All the candidates have shown supporters of this public-private collaboration tool, with more or less interventionism on the part of the Administration: Bou (PP) has stimulated non-intervention, quite unlike the position of the current government of Colau. The candidates also have an incentive, in which the singularity of each territory must be respected, applying neighborhood-specific neighborhood policies. The government of Colau, on the other hand, is in favor of a standardization of management for all Apeus.

At the close, Sierra asked the candidates if they would be in favor of the creation of a Consortium for the Commercial Promotion of the city, a proposal that had the unanimous acceptance of all the mayors, highlighting the importance of the collaboration public-private in the matter of commerce. This body could be formulated from a reform of the current Tourism of Barcelona or from the creation of this new entity, which would be led jointly by the public sector and the private sector.

The debate ended with the presentation on screen of a fray made by the same candidates for the mayor (attached) who have been self-proclaimed winners in all cases except Josep Bou (PP).

About the Breakfasts with the Commerce of Barcelona

The two most representative entities of the commerce of Barcelona, ​​Barcelona Comerç and Barcelona Oberta, have launched the organization of the breakfast season with the Commerce of Barcelona to know the proposals committed in the first person of the candidates for the mayor of the city , around the policies related to the commerce of the city and related subjects.

It is the first time that Barcelona’s commerce – axes of proximity and tourist axes together – is committed to a format like this to ensure that their positions and negotia are collected directly by the candidates looking for real and feasible commitments that allow them to establish bridges, reinforce connections and generate consensus towards a common goal: to preserve and promote Barcelona’s trade as one of the main economic drivers of the city.