Social inequalities, municipal resources and funding

Date: 13 October

Time: 9 am

Venue: Palau Macaya, on-site event.

Registration available soon.

Since the economic crisis of 2008, social inequalities have increased and urban segregation has become more pronounced, now on a metropolitan scale. What legislative and administrative instruments and other resources could be adopted at the metropolitan level to reverse these trends?

The event will be divided in two round tables. The first, titled Urban segregation and social inequalities in the Metropolitan Barcelona, will be moderated by Ismael Blanco, director of the Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and will be attended by:

  • Sergio Porcel, researcher at the Institute of Regional and Metropolitan Studies of Barcelona.
  • Laia Ortiz, director of Social Action, City Council of El Prat de Llobregat
  • Lluís Torrens, director of Planning and Social Innovation, Department of Social Rights, Barcelona City Council
  • Toni Merino, manager, Mataró City Council.
  • Guillem Espriu, social policies, AMB

The second, entitled What tools of metropolitan solidarity can help to combat territorial inequalities?, will be moderated by Maite Vilalta, professor of Public Economy at the University of Barcelona and member of the Assessor Board of the Catalunya Europa Foundation, and will be attended by:

  • Mireia Ingla, mayoress of Sant Cugat del Vallès
  • Olga Arnau, mayoress of Vilanova i la Geltrú
  • Xavier Fonollosa, mayor of Martorell
  • Antoni Balmón, mayor of Cornellà and Executive Vice-President of the AMB
  • Núria Parlón, mayoress of Santa Coloma de Gramenet
  • Lluïsa Moret, mayoress of Sant Boi de Llobregat

This event is part of the debates on Metropolitan Governance of the cycle of The transformation of the city of the Fundació Catalunya Europa and of the cycle of the multilevel metropolis of the participatory process "Barcelona Demà. Compromís Metropolità 2030", organised by the Pla Estratègic Metropolità de Barcelona (PEMB).

The transformation of the city is a series of debates organised by the Fundació Catalunya Europa along with the Fundació La Caixa and the Club Roma, with the support of the Diputació de Barcelona, the AMB, Barcelona City Council, Santa Coloma de Gramenet City Council, Gavà City Council, El Prat de Llobregat City Council and Sant Boi de Llobregat City Council, and the collaboration of Barcelona Global and the Pla Estratègic Metropolità de Barcelona.   

Barcelona Demà is the process of collective reflection and action that must provide us with a new strategic plan for the metropolis of the 5 million: the Compromís Metropolità 2030. It is, therefore, a process of defining a shared strategy for the metropolitan region that will face the great urban challenges of the 21st century.