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Diputació de Barcelona Brussels Office

Identification number in the register: 00785656654-23
Registration date: 13/09/2011 10:10:47

The information on this entity was last modified on: 06/02/2015 11:54:30
The date of the last annual update was: 06/02/2015 11:54:30
Next update due latest on: 06/02/2016

    Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Diputació de Barcelona Brussels Office


Local government

    Section of registration

VI - Organisations representing local, regional and municipal authorities, other public or mixed entities, etc.

Other sub-national public authorities

    Contact details

Diputació de Barelona
Rambla de Catalunya 126
Barcelona 08008

(+34) 934022077

Diputació de Barcelona - Brussels Office
Avenue des Arts, 3-4-5
Brussels 1210

(+32) 022233521

    Person with legal responsibility

Ms  Salvador Esteve


    Person in charge of EU relations

Ms  Octavi de la Varga Mas

Head of the Europe and International Strategy Office

    Goals / remit

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.


    Specific activities covered by the Register

- Regional Development and Cohesion Policy, especially urban policy
- Development cooperation
- Culture and Sport
-New Technologies
- Local economic development
- Employment and Social Affairs (education, inclusion, citizenship, social welfare, public health and consummer affairs)
-Territorial Sustainability: infrastructures, housing, environement, climate chanage and energy.





- Urban Intergroup


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.

    Number of persons involved in the activities described in the box above

100%: 2   50%: 1  



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

    Fields of interest

  • 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

    Membership and affiliation

Diputació de Barcelona (311 municipalities)


• Arc Llatí (

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

• Ciudades y Gobiernos Locales Unidos (CGLU) (

• Platforma (

    Financial data

01/2014  -  07/2014

< 9,999 €

690,000,000 €

690,000,000 €

No funding received from the EU institutions during the last closed financial year.

585,136,390 €

104,863,610 €

0 €

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.