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Ernest Maragall at the Trade Debate Breakfast

Barcelona Comerç and Barcelona Oberta have & nbsp; invited today to chair their third Breakfast of debate with the trade of & nbsp; Barcelona to Mr. Ernest Maragall, mayor of the Republican Left party of
Catalonia (ERC). The candidate has talked to the traders giving answers
neutral and conciliatory, with a global vision and projection of the city.
In his introductory speech he proclaimed to traders his interest in avoiding
that “Barcelona is a franchise city: these commercial formats are not
they can expel, nor replace, nor condition the local trade that is the
which really defines the city. ” According to Maragall, “Barcelona needs
complicity and political initiative ”to carry out projects such as the Apeus,“ a
instrument – he said – indisputable and quite urgent to develop. ”
As for mobility, the party representative has defended any decision that
promote the environment and sustainability, and has been a supporter of cycling as
an agile vehicle, which takes up little space, comfortable, non-polluting, in line with evolution
towards a more sustainable city. “The center of Barcelona is very good
communiqué ”according to the candidate, and does not see the need to favor the private vehicle for
recover more Barcelonans. Regarding the debate on the Barcelona tram,
Maragall has been elusive, and has expressed a total desire to analyze well
efficiency, real need, functionality, investment, … and has not valued it as
immediate action. Regarding the problem of taxis, Maragall has disapproved
the agreement reached by Councilor Calvet with the sector, and he said that they have
incomplete responsibilities on the part of the Barcelona Metropolitan Authority (ATMB),
chaired by Colau, as by the government, which should have acted all these & nbsp; years in the line of modernizing the taxi industry to prevent it from becoming a
oligopoly, which has generated unfavorable working conditions and a second market of
resale of licenses. “The management or inaction of this public service is over
creating the worst possible scenario. ” The solution, according to the candidate, goes through
changes in the regulation and control of taxis and VTCs, to ensure users’ rights
and drivers.
In terms of tourism promotion in the city, Maragall pointed out that it is necessary
rethinking tourism: “we don’t need quantity, but quality.” The mayor wants to manage
with interest from the city, and has stated that “the pure quantitative promotion of the
tourism in Barcelona doesn’t make sense ”; that is why he proposes to focus the promotion
of the city between specific groups and to promote Barcelona as a tourist destination
cultural, sporting, technological and scientific, among others. The mayor is convinced that
to tackle the phenomenon of tourism in the city “it is not necessary to adopt a prohibitive attitude,
but to manage the quality of the tourism we want in the city. Nor is it logical
work to attract more purchasing power visitors when profits don’t
they reach the citizens ”. Maragall believes that currently the tourist tax is not
reversing enough improvements for the people of Barcelona and therefore opting for an increase
of this tax and a new distribution that solves this situation.
With regard to security and illegal trade, Ernest Maragall has been forceful in the
to say that “whoever guarantees the solution to the top blanket problem is lying” because he is
a problem of great social, structural and global complexity. Authority is needed
democratic to ensure order in public space but there is no single solution:
“We have to work on social integration and we have to generate new habits of citizenship
among the citizens. ”
Finally, Ernest Maragall said that the motto of his campaign is “Education and
culture ”and emphasized his government’s willingness to educate young people
to the elderly, and by encouraging society to step out of victimhood and be proactive and
protagonists.

About Breakfasts with Barcelona Trade
The two most representative entities of trade in Barcelona, ​​Barcelona Comerç and
Barcelona Oberta, have launched the organization of the cycle of Breakfasts with Commerce
of Barcelona to know the proposals committed in the first person of the
candidates for mayor the city, around trade-related policies of the
city ​​and related topics. Specifically, the topics to be discussed will be: the implementation of IDB’s –
Business-Improvement Districts, mobility, tourism-commercial promotion and security and
illegal trade.

This is the first time that Barcelona’s trade – proximity axes and tourist axes
fold-bet on a format like this to make sure your positions and
worries are picked up directly by the candidates thus looking for real and feasible commitments
that allow to establish bridges, to strengthen connections and generate consensus towards a goal
common: to preserve and promote Barcelona’s trade as one of the main drivers
economic aspects of the city.

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