Through its food markets, Barcelona has preserved a commerce ‘of proximity’, run by small entrepreneurs who place value on purchasing healthy foods, assisted by skilled professionals, linked to their neighbourhood, and who are always encouraged to implement innovative trends and sustainability in the food sector. This allows markets to act as a driving force for the rest of the trade sector in the city in several ways: faster adaptation to SME regulations, better implementation of labelling processes, introduction of products and innovative food concepts, providing new services and increasing recycling etc. To manage this whole process, the Barcelona Institute of Markets was created. Markets have thus not only a new public dimension, but they also play a crucial role as promoters of social dialogue. Additionally, reforming such institutions is agreed by public consultation, thus ensuring both a high degree of public acceptance and cohesion in the neighbourhood.
In this sense, the process of dialogue and consensus that generates market reform includes citizens (neighbours, neighbourhood associations, the district mayor), as well as the private sector:
But restructuring not only affects the trade sector of the city, but also the city planning, the environment and public health. Therefore, a close partnership between different public sectors is required throughout the process. As such, this is a clear case of a new way of working together, contributing tangibly to the objectives of service delivery.
This model of managing renovation or new construction has enabled Barcelona to keep, consolidate and improve the network of markets. Moreover, this has been done with large-scale public sector involvement and a wide public acceptance. This innovative reform process led by the public sector in cooperation with the private sector, and the specific mechanisms that articulate the dialogue throughout the process, are the specific good practices presented in this award.
|Award category:||opening up the public sector|
|Sector:||Economic affairs, competition, SME|
|Type of activity:|
|Keywords:||City’s markets remodelling, partnership, co-decision process|
|Short English description:||This model of managing renovation or new construction has enabled Barcelona to keep, consolidate and improve the network of markets.|
|Organisation:||Barcelona Markets Municipal Institute|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||25-50|
|Number of people involved:||11-15|
|EU membership:||EU member|