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Profile of registrant

Diputació de Barcelona Brussels Office

Identification number in the register: 00785656654-23
Registration date: 13/09/11 10:10:47

The information on this organisation was last modified on 01/09/14 09:09:01
The date of the last annual update was 26/08/14 18:19:36

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Diputació de Barcelona Brussels Office
Acronym: DIBA
Legal status: Local government
Website address:


Section: VI - Organisations representing local, regional and municipal authorities, other public or mixed entities, etc.
and more precisely: Local, regional and municipal authorities (at sub-national level)

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mrs  Salvador Esteve
Position: Presidente

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mrs  Blanca Soler i Tobella
Position: Head of Office

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 3-4-5 Av. des Arts 
Brussels 1210
Telephone number: (+32) 22233521
Fax number: (+32) 22233527
Other contact information:

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: The Province of Barcelona is currently one of the most active territories in Europe and the Mediterranean region. The Province of Barcelona lies within the region of Catalonia and includes the city of Barcelona, its capital, and 310 other municipalities. The province of Barcelona is an enterprising and outward-looking territory, and these attributes make of this territory a local benchmark on an international level.

- A population of 5.5 million inhabitants.
- 74.3% of Catalonia’s GDP and 13.9% of Spain’s GDP.
- The main exports market for the Spanish economy (41% of the state’s high-tech exports).
- The number 1 cruise port in the Mediterranean.
- The 6th largest urban area in the European Union and the centre of the Barcelona-Lyon mega-region.
- The 3rd European city for attracting foreign investment.
- The 2nd city in the world in number of international meetings.

The Government of the Province of Barcelona is the local government administration of the Province and it mainly provides to the 311 local governments with technical, economic and technological support so as to enable them to provide high-quality local services. It also coordinates municipal services and organises supramunicipal public services.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • sub-national

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 3
Complementary information: 1. Mrs Blanca SOLER i TOBELLA (Head of Office)
2. Ms. Carlota ROSÉS MONTESINOS (European Policy Officer)
3. A stagier (new person every year)

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

In the field of the European Affairs, Barcelona Provincial Council has two main objectives:

1. Cooperation with municipalities to promote strategic projects with the use of EU funds, exchange of good practices, participation in networks and partner searchs;

2. To place the municipalities and the Province of Barcelona in the decision making process of the European Union and of the legislation that is relevant for local governments.

Since 2013 the Provincial Councils of Barcelona, Tarragona, Girona and Lleida have developed a strategic alliance to coordinate their European strategies, aiming to improve internationalisation of the Catalan local governments.

To achieve these objectives, the European Cooperation Office of Barcelona Provincial Council offers the following services:

- Specialised technical advice and support in preparing and managing European projects;
- Lobbying to defend local governments' interests with regard to community policy and legislation;
- Coordinating the Secretariat of the Euro-Mediterranean network Arco Latino;
- Public information and communication regarding the European Union: management of the Europe Direct - Barcelona Information Centre;
- Providing training activities for municipal experts and elected officials;
- Connection to Brussels available to local councils and economic and social actors in the territory;
- Coordination and promotion of a network of municipal experts and elected officials from the Province, to work on European issues.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Audiovisual and Media
  • Budget
  • Climate Action
  • Communication
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Culture
  • Development
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Education
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Energy
  • Enterprise
  • Environment
  • External Relations
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • General and Institutional Affairs
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Public Health
  • Regional Policy
  • Research and Technology
  • Sport
  • Transport
  • Youth


Total number of members that are natural persons: 3
Number of member organisations: 1
Member organisations (Number of members) :
  • Diputació de Barcelona (311 members)
The organisation has members/is represented in the following country(countries):

Complementary information:


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

• Arc Llatí (

• Associació de Col·lectivitats Tèxtils Europees (ACTE) (

• Ciudades y Gobiernos Locales Unidos (CGLU) (

• Platforma (

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2014 - 07/2014
Total budget: 690,000,000
of which public financing: 690,000,000
- from European sources:
- Procurement:
- Grants:
- from national sources: 585,136,390
- from local/regional sources: 104,863,610
from other sources:
- donations:
- contributions from members:
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

The financial information provided concerns the budget of the Provincial Government of Barcelona for 2013.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.