Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Companies reconcile with the Barcelona government after the Consell de Cent panic

A different relationship, one of trust and collaboration. This is exactly what the trade in the city was looking for Barcelona and that he had met with the new mayor, the socialist Jaume Collboni. The judgment of the judge of the Administrative Court No. 5 of Barcelona, ​​​​who ordered the cancellation of the superilla of the Consell de Cent following the allegations brought forward by the establishment Barcelona Open, could represent the drastic change that has been called for. After this “horror” because the entity itself will demand that the judgment not be enforced in order not to reverse this green axis of the Consell de Cent, the economic and commercial fabric of the city has begun a “dialogue” with the Barcelona City Council to reach “joint” agreements.

This is the position of Barcelona Oberta, who presides Gabriel Those and also from the employers’ association Foment, which wants to finally put the experience with the Commons behind it There’s Colau. The constant confrontation without the possibility of dialogue – the entities insist that Colau has never offered itself for this possible collaboration – will now give way to a “dialogue table” to improve the city’s urban planning, starting with the work on the Via Laietana and in other green spaces in the city center. The goal is “of course to improve the environment, but also enable the center to remain connected and visitor traffic is guaranteed,” says Jené.

These organizations criticized Jaume Collboni’s PSC for not taking a firmer position during Ada Colau’s last term in office. But they also understand that The most common were the “intransigent and sectarian”, and that the reform of the Consell de Cent was implemented as quickly as possible, ignoring all warnings, including those of the Socialists themselves, with whom they governed in coalition but who were in the minority in the Council. Now things have changed.

The stance of an entity like Barcelona Oberta, which brings together the city’s main tourist commercial centers, is now clear. Jené has already spoken to Mayor Collboni. And his answer to the question about the impact of this dialogue and the possibility of not enforcing the judgment – which compares favorably with what the company had claimed – is emphatic: “Absolutely.” That is This dialogue now opened will make it possible to stop other legal proceedings that could be initiated against urban planning measures that are already underway, for example in Via Laietana or in other green axes of the city.

In the same position is Foment del Treball. Its secretary general, David Tornos, insists that everything depends on an understanding with the city council and that when this closeness exists, as is happening now, agreements will be made in various areas.


The institutions welcomed the initial reactions of Jaume Collboni’s government team. She was the first female deputy mayor, Laia Bonet, After announcing that the Council will appeal to the TSJC to enforce the work of the technical team, it was made clear that without dialogue there will be nothing to be done. “Non-dialogue leads to condemnation of problems like that of the Consell de Cent,” he emphasized.

For the PSC, this is a precedent of enormous proportions. The ruling on the Superilla – taking into account the fact that it is not being carried out and therefore the green axis is maintained in Eixample, although it may bring some changes – It means confirming the socialists’ strategy What In the last year of their term they distanced themselves from the Commons through the so-called tactical urbanism promoted by Ada Colau and her right-hand man, Janet Sanz now strongly questioned.

The question is which path Collboni will take if a government partner is needed. This moment will come with the negotiation of the 2024 budgets. The world of commerce, the city’s economic and commercial fabric, has now offered an answer: The dialogue can be conducted by the PSC, but it was not possible with the commons. Therefore, it is noted that the new phase must take place through the PSC, but together with other government partners.

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