The new metropolitan administration of Barcelona

Organization of the AMB, objectives and investment plans


The AMB was established on 21st July 2011. This new body was created under the umbrella of law 31/2010 of the Catalan Parliament, which was adopted unanimously, with the will to establish an administration that is able to effectively coordinate the metropolitan services and to promote the main assets of the metropolitan territory. The AMB replaced the three metropolitan bodies that, until then, had exercised competencies: the Union of Municipalities of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Metropolitan Transport Board.

The AMB has simplified the metropolitan management and its goal is to strengthen the services and infrastructures that guarantee the functionality of a dens and complex territory, where almost half of the population of Catalonia lives and that generates 47% of the GDP. It is an administration with a clear technical vocation and relatively small in size, that generates scale economies and that can provide services more efficiently.

The new administration has taken over the previous services, mainly regarding town planning and the planning of the territorial spaces, public transport and waste management, and the whole water cycle, and it has also taken on new competencies, including new functions in the field of town planning, such as drafting the metropolitan Urban master plan –which is at the preliminary stage–, and in the fields of economic promotion, transport, mobility, the water cycle, the environment, metropolitan infrastructures, and social and territorial cohesion.

With the creation of the AMB, the metropolitan territory takes the lead in an international dynamic that is still incipient that identifies the institutionalization of large metropolises as a key factor to ensure the social welfare and economic development of populations in a context that is marked by economic globalization, demographic growth and environmental challenges. In our closest surroundings, for instance, France and Italy have started to implement legal reforms to provide metropolitan territories with new administrations that are more flexible and integrated, to provide services in the territory of the real city and to promote their role as generators of wealth and wellbeing.

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Law 31/2010
Metropolitan administration
Four years have passed since the AMB, the new administration serving the real city, the metropolitan city of Barcelona, became operational. It has been four years of intense work that show how important it was to establish this new administration. The metropolitan society now has a new tool to manage the challenges and opportunities arising from the territorial and urban density, a new administration with a technical profile that is guided to serve the municipalities and their citizens.

This mandate has been marked by an economic crisis that has had a profound impact on the metropolitan society and the economy; a situation that has affected the metropolitan municipalities, who saw greater budgetary restrictions and saw how their independence was at risk at a time when they had to face up to the social effects of the crisis. The AMB has geared its government actions towards countering this situation, assisting the municipalities, to guarantee the provision of services and preserve the facilities, parks and land used for public housing to stop the territorial and social balance achieved in the metropolitan area through decades from disappearing as a victim of the economic downswing.

This was possible by increasing metropolitan investments to a large extent, an effort to try and guarantee the social cohesion and proper services that define the metropolitan functionality. The AMB has worked to keep up the service and quality standards of the essential services for the metropolis to function, such as public transport, waste management and the full water cycle and, at the same time, has turned its investment efforts into an element to invigorate the economic activity and employment in the metropolitan area.

The AMB has also set the basis for the future of the metropolis. The new administration has been established, with considerable savings compared to the previous institutional framework and new teams have been set up, for instance, in the field of economic development and strategic planning to develop actions that are geared towards the recovery of the economy and employment. The other novelty has been the discussion on the metropolitan PDU; this has been a process of reflexion and technical discussions that is called to become the conceptual framework for the new metropolitan territorial planning, to articulate the future opportunities and wellbeing for the next decades.

These four years have shown how the discussions that were held for years on the convenience of creating an administration serving the real city were not misplaced. Now it is time to continue working to turn the full potential of the metropolitan territory into new opportunities for progress and wellbeing to serve its people.
We are convinced we are on the right path.

Xavier Trias i Vidal de Llobatera
President of the AMB

Antonio Balmón Arévalo
Executive Vice-President of the AMB
The general lines of action for this period are set out in the government agreement adopted by the metropolitan political groups PSC, CiU, ICV-EUiA and ERC. This agreement has set out the objectives and work streams that will guide the activity of the metropolitan administration, in line with the 2011-2015 Metropolitan plan of action (PAM).

Government agreement
Signing of the Government agreement: Jordi Portabella (ERC), Antonio Balmón (PSC), Xavier Trias (CiU) and Lluís Tejedor (ICV)

The main objectives have been the following:
  • Reinforcing actions relating to economic development and recovery in the metropolitan territory.
  • Reinforcing investment activities with the aim of reducing the social impacts of the crisis, promoting the recovery of the labour market and providing assistance to the metropolitan municipalities in economic and technical matters.
  • Laying the foundations for the future of the metropolitan city for the next decennials, through the work to draft the new metropolitan Urban master plan (PDU).
  • Achieving a stable financial plan for the metropolitan transport service and start working to extend the public transport service to all of the 36 municipalities.
  • Drafting the Metropolitan urban mobility plan.
  • Reinforcing the environmental sustainability of the AMB through the drafting of the AMB Sustainability plan.
  • Developing the Metropolitan programme for the management of urban waste and achieving the economic sufficiency of the metropolitan waste treatment system.
  • Reinforcing the comprehensive management of the water cycle and improving services relating to distribution, collectors and sanitation.
  • Guaranteeing the social function of housing policies, whilst realigning the metropolitan actions in this field to focus more on the new socioeconomic conditions.
  • Promoting the strategic planning of the AMB management and territorial studies to generate quality data on the metropolitan reality that will allow improving public policies and governance models.
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Agreement for the Barcelona Metropolitan Area Goverment (cat)
The establishment of the new metropolitan administration in 2011 entailed the termination  of the three metropolitan bodies that existed until then:
  • Union of Municipalities of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (MMAMB)
  • Metropolitan Transport Board (EMT)
  • Metropolitan Water Services and Waste Treatment Authority (EMSHTR)
The replacing of these bodies by the AMB brought the unification of the governing and administrative managing bodies, entailing a reduction in the number of representatives from 150 to 90 metropolitan councillors.

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AMB governing bodies
  • Metropolitan councillors

    Badalona Xavier García Albiol (PP)
    Sònia Egea Pérez  (PP)
    Maria Jesús Hervàs Mínguez (PP)
    Jordi Serra Isern (PSC)
    Badia del Vallès Eva Menor Cantador (PSC)
    Barberà del Vallès Ana del Frago Barés (PSC)
    Antonio Báez Balbuena (PSC)
    Barcelona Xavier Trias i Vidal de Llobatera (CiU)
    Raimond Blasi i Navarro (CiU)
    Joaquim Forn i Chiariello (CiU)
    Eduard Freixedes i Plans (CiU)
    Jordi Martí i Galbís (CiU)
    Sònia Recasens i Alsina (CiU)
    Irma Rognoni i Viader (CiU)
    Francina Vila i Valls (CiU)
    Antoni Vives i Tomàs (CiU)
    Maite Fandos i Payà (CiU)
    Gabriel Colomé i García (PSC)
    M. Assumpta Escarp i Gibert (PSC)
    David Escudé i RodrÍguez (PSC)
    Guillem Espriu i Avendaño (PSC)
    Jordi Martí i Grau (PSC)
    Núria Carmona i Cardoso (PSC)
    Eduardo Bolaños Rodríguez (PP)
    J. Alberto Fernández Díaz (PP)
    Glòria Martín Vivas (PP)
    Javier Mulleras Vinzia (PP)
    Oscar Ramírez Lara (PP)
    Ricard Gomà Carmona (ICV)
    Joaquim Mestre Garrido (ICV)
    Janet Sanz Cid (ICV)
    Jordi Portabella i Calvete (ERC-UpB)
    Begues Mercè Esteve Pi (CiU)
    Castellbisbal Dolors Conde Domínguez (PSC)
    Castelldefels Manuel Reyes López (PP)
    Maria Miranda Cuevas (PSC)
    Cerdanyola del Vallès Carme Carmona Pascual (PSC)
    Francisco Ortiz Herrera (PSC)
    Cervelló Jesús Arévalo i Bravo (CiU)
    Corbera de Llobregat Rosa Boladeras Serraviñals (PSC)
    Cornellà de Llobregat Antonio Balmón Arévalo (PSC)
    Manuel Ceballos Morillo (PSC)
    Antonio Martínez Flor (PSC)
    Esplugues de Llobregat Pilar Díaz Romero (PSC)
    Enric Giner Rodríguez (PSC)
    Gavà Raquel Sánchez Jiménez (PSC)
    Víctor Carnero López (PSC)
    L'Hospitalet de Llobregat Núria Marín Martínez (PSC)
    José María García Mompel (PSC)
    Mercè Perea i Conillas (PSC)
    Pedro Alonso Navarro (PP)
    La Palma de Cervelló Xavier González Alemany (ICV-LPS)
    Molins de Rei Joan Ramon Casals i Mata (CiU)
    Sergio Conde Lázaro (ICV-MdR-E)
    Montcada i Reixac M.Carmen Porro Arias (accidental) PSC
    Joan Maresma i Morera (CiU)
    Montgat Francesc Xavier García Arrocha (CiU)
    Pallejà Ismael Àlvarez Serrano (CiU)
    Papiol Albert Vilà i Badia (JPP)
    Prat de Llobregat Lluís Tejedor Ballesteros (ICV)
    Sergi Alegre Calero (ICV)
    Ripollet Juan Parralejo Aragoneses (PSC)
    Gemma Edo Aguado (CiU)
    Sant Adrià de Besòs Joan Callau i Bartolí (PSC)
    José Luis Martinez Cardoso (PSC)
    Sant Andreu de la Barca Manel Enric Llorca Ibáñez (PSC)
    Luis Felipe Nieto Guillén (PSC)
    Sant Boi de Llobregat Lluïsa Moret i Sabidó (PSC)
    Celso González Durán (PSC)
    Juan Antonio Tamayo Fernández (PSC)
    Sant Climent de Llobregat Isidre Sierra i Fusté (CiU)
    Sant Cugat del Vallès Mercè Conesa i Pagès (CiU)
    Pere Casajoana i Singla (CiU)
    Esther Salat i Llorente (CiU)
    Sant Feliu de Llobregat Jordi San José Buenaventura (ICV-EUiA-ISF-E)
    Rosa María Martí Jodar (CiU)
    Sant Joan Despí Antoni Poveda Zapata (PSC)
    Belén García Criado (PSC)
    Sant Just Desvern Josep Perpinyà i Palau (PSC)
    Sant Vicenç dels Horts Jordi Soto i Urpina (ERC)
    Petri García Muñoz (ICV)
    Santa Coloma de Cervelló Gerard Segú i López (ICV-PROGRES)
    Santa Coloma de Gramenet Núria Parlón Gil (PSC)
    Antonio Carmona López (PSC)
    Esteve Serrano Ortín (PSC)
    Mª del Carmen Sáez Belver (PP)
    Tiana Esther Pujol Martí (PSC)
    Torrelles de Llobregat Ferran Puig i Verdaguer (ICV-PiP)
    Viladecans Carles Ruiz Novella (PSC)
    María Salmerón Chacón (PSC)

    Other people who have held a post on the Metropolitan Council during the 2011-2015 mandate
    Joaquim Balsera García, Jaume Bosch i Pugés, Jesús M. Canga Castaño, Francesc Carol i Alférez, Lourdes Carreras Gallardo, Àngels Esteller i Ruedas, Mercè Homs i Molist, Miguel Jurado, Conxi Llurba Escobar, Jordi Martí Grau, Xavier Paz Penche, Anna Maria Pérez Fernández, Manel Ripoll Puertas, Joan Trullen i Thomas, and Elena Turalló i Huguet.
  • President and Vice-presidents
    Xavier Trias i Vidal de Llobatera

    Executive Vice-president
    Antonio Balmón Arévalo

    Vice-president of Transport and Mobility
    Antonio Poveda Zapata

    Vice-president of Environtment
    M. Assumpta Escarp i Gibert

    Vice-president de Strategic Planning
    Guillem Espriu i Avendaño

    Vice-president of Economic Development
    Sònia Recasens i Alsina

    Antoni Vives Tomàs

    Núria Marín i Martínez

    Lluís Tejedor Ballesteros

    Jordi Portabella Calvete

    In this period, Joan Trullen i Thomas has also been vice-president of Strategic Planning.
  • Managerial posts from the AMB
    • Ramon Maria Torra i Xicoy, gerent.
    • Eduard Saurina i Maspoch, coordinador de l'Oficina Tècnica de Gerència.
    • Antoni Novel i Cabré, director de Serveis Generals.
    • Xavier Segura Grau, director de serveis d'Espai Públic.
    • Josep Maria Carreras Quilis, director de serveis d'Urbanisme.
    • Pelayo Martínez Bauluz, director de l'Àrea de Transport i Mobilitat.
    • Joan Maria Bigas Serrallonga, director de Serveis tècnics, Transport i Mobilitat.
    • Maria Teresa Carrillo Palacín, directora de serveis de Gestió i Administració del Transport.
    • Carles Conill i Vergès, director de l'Àrea de Medi Ambient.
    • Isabel Doñate Cubells, directora de Serveis Ambientals.
    • Martín Gullón Santos, director de serveis del Cicle de l'Aigua.
    • Joan Miquel Trullols Casas, director de serveis de Prevenció i Gestió de Residus.
    • Hector Santcovsky Grimberg, director de Planificació Estratègica.
    • Jordi Lahora i Cruz, director de Desenvolupament Econòmic.
    • Sebastià Grau Ávila, secretari general acctal.
    • Sergi Abella Vila, interventor acctal.
    • Lluís Malavía Muñoz, tresorer.
    En aquest període també han ocupat càrrecs directius Francesc Artal Vidal, com a interventor acctal i Joan Parpal Marfà, com a director del Programa de Desenvolupament Urbà.
  • Agencies depending on or partly owned by the AMB

    Asociación de Productores de energías renovables
    Asociación Española de Abastecimientos de Agua y Saneamiento – AEAS
    Asociación Española de Ciudades para el Reciclaje
    Asociación Española de Reutilización Sostenible del Agua - ASERSA
    Asociación Latinoamericana de Metros y Subterráneos - ALAMYS
    Associació Catalana de Municipis i Comarques
    Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management - ACR+
    Centre Internacional de Premsa de Barcelona
    Ciutats i Governs Locals Units - CGLU
    European Compost Network
    Federació de Municipis de Catalunya
    Federació Espanyola de Municipis i Províncies
    Federació Europea dels Espais Naturals i Rurals Metropolitans Periurbans - FEDENATUR
    Fons Mundial per al Desenvolupament de les Ciutats - FMDV
    Institut Mediterranéen de l'eau
    International Association of Public Transport - UITP
    Pacte Industrial de la Regió Metropolitana de Barcelona
    Pla Estratègic del Litoral
    Pla Estratègic Metropolità de Barcelona
    Red estatal de municipios por el compostaje doméstico y comunitario
    Xarxa de ciutats i pobles cap a la sostenibilitat


    Fundació Bosch i Gimpera
    Fundació Carles Pi i Sunyer
    Fundació CIDOB
    Fundació Fórum ambiental
    Fundació Internacional Olof Palme


    Agència local d'ecologia urbana de Barcelona
    Agència local d'energia de Barcelona
    Autoritat del Transport Metropolità
    Consorci Colònia Güell (mitjançant conveni de col•laboració)
    Consorci de Comunicació Local
    Consorci de Defensa de la Conca del Riu Besòs
    Consorci de l'Habitatge de l'Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona
    Consorci de Recursos i Documentació per a l'Autonomia Personal
    Consorci de Recursos per a la Integració de la Diversitat - CRID
    Consorci del Centre Interuniversitari Diagonal - Besòs
    Consorci Ecoparc 3 del Besòs
    Consorci Institut d'Estudis Regionals i Metropolitans de Barcelona
    Consorci Parc de Collserola
    Consorci Parc de la Serralada de Marina
    Consorci per a la construcció i explotació de la quarta planta de tractament integral dels residus municipals de l'Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona (Consorci Ecoparc-4)
    Consorci per a la Protecció i la Gestió dels Espais Naturals del Delta de Llobregat
    Consorci Territorial de la Regió Metropolitana de Barcelona
    Consorci urbanístic per al desenvolupament
    de l'àrea residencial estratègica La Façana de Sant Vicenç dels Horts
    Ecoparc Barcelona, SA

    Metropolitan companies

    Centre Metropolità d'Informació i Promoció del Transport SA – CETRAMSA
    Ferrocarril Metropolità de Barcelona, SA
    Transports de Barcelona, SA

    Partly owned companies

    Aigües de Castellbisbal, SL - AICSA
    Barcelona Regional, SA
    Barcelona, Cicle de l'Aigua, SA
    Catalunya Carsharing, SA
    Ecoparc del Besòs, SA –EBESA
    Ecoparc del Mediterrani, SA
    Fira 2000, SA
    Gestora de Runes de la Construcció, SA
    Molins Energia, SL
    Parc Tecnològic del Vallès, SA
    Projectes i Serveis de Mobilitat, SA
    Recuperació d'Energia, SA – RESA
    Selectives Metropolitanes - SEMESA
    Solucions Integrals per als Residus, SA –SIRESA
    Torre Collserola, SA
    Tractament i Selecció de Residus, SA – TERSA
    Tractament Metropolità de Fangs SL
    Transports Ciutat Comtal, SA

    Agencies with representation in the governing bodies

    Agència Catalana de l'Aigua – ACA
    Agència de Residus de Catalunya – ARC
    Aguas de la Cuenca del Ebro
    Aigües del Ter i del Llobregat – ATLL
    Associació Red Ciudades por la bicicleta
    Aula Barcelona
    Comissió de Transports de Catalunya
    Comissió Territorial d'Urbanisme de Barcelona
    Consell Català de la Mobilitat
    Consell de Mobilitat de l'ATM
    Consell Municipal de Mobilitat de Badalona
    Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya
    Fons Català de Cooperació al Desenvolupament
    Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals
    Instituto para la Sostenibilidad de los Recursos

    Other agencies

    Centre de Serveis Zona Franca
    European Habitat Forum - EHF
    Forum d'Autoritats Locals de Perifèria - FALP
    Fòrum dels municipis de Badalona, Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Sant Adrià de Besòs, Montgat i Tiana
    Institut Metropolità de Promoció del Sòl i Gestió Patrimonial – IMPSOL
    Institut Metropolità del Taxi
    International Bus Benchmarking Group - IBBG
    Nova - Group of Metros
    Pacte per la Mobilitat a Barcelona
    Xarxa Centre d'Informació Europe Direct - Barcelona
    Xarxa de Cooperació Empresarial Enterprise Europe Network
In budgetary terms, the AMB is the third largest Catalan public administration. The metropolitan administration and its dependant companies and agencies managed a total consolidated budget of 6,959 million Euros during the 2011-2015 period. As for the own budget of the AMB, the operational amount available for this same period of time was 2,942 million Euros, of which 637 million correspond to the year 2015.
  • Expenditure per operations
    The budgetary structure, given the predominantly technical nature of this administration which is geared towards providing advanced public services, is characterised by having very few resources allocated to staff, current and financial costs (less than 9%). The remaining 91% of the budget is allocated to finance investments and purposive services (transport, waste management, the environment, beaches and parks).

    Classification of expenditure by operations: current-capital-financial

    STATEMENT ON EXPENDITURE BY CHAPTERS 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
    Current operations 546,357,983.02 490,220,889.42 487,057,406.95 478,953,554.87 464,647,435.16
    Capital operations 85,569,828.37 110,685,755.60 66,200,713.55 74,238,347.72 96,900,877.01
    Financial operations 5,529,870.37 5,529,869.37 19,728,560.10 5,794,778.01 5,117,712.31
    Total expenditure budget 637,457,681.76 606,436,514.39 572,986,680.60 558,985,680.60 566,666,024.49

    STRUCTURE OF EXPENDITURE 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 MEAN VALUE
    Current operations 85.71% 80.84% 85.00% 85.68% 82.00% 83.85%
    Capital operations 13.42% 18.25% 11.55% 13.28% 17.10% 14.72%
    Financial operations 0.87% 0.91% 3.44% 1.04% 0.90% 1.43%
    Total expenditure budget 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
    Amounts approved in the initial budgets of each year
  • Revenue
    The structure of revenue mainly comes from the contributions paid by town councils, based on the participation of municipalities in the State revenue, the metropolitan tax, which is calculated according to a mark-up based on the real estate tax, and the metropolitan tax on municipal waste treatment. Revenue also comes from public prices and rates –mainly from the metropolitan passenger transport system–, the collection of some fees stemming from privately operated public services and purposive transfers from other administrations, such as those coming from the Catalan Waste Agency and the Catalan Water Agency.

    REVENUE (thousands of Euros) 2011-2015 BY CONCEPTS TOTAL 2011-2015
    Municipal contributions (S/PMTE-IBI) 741,920 23.91%
    Transport and mobility 591,958 19.08%
    Metropolitan tax 452,713 14.59%
    TMTR 538,333 17.35%
    Waste management 190,687 6.15%
    Whole water cycle 400,124 12.90%
    Other revenues 26,797 0.86%
    Credit operations to finance the Plan to support town councils 160,000 5.16%
  • Expenditure by areas
    During this period, under the effects of the economic crisis and budgetary restrictions, the AMB has made considerable contention efforts on ordinary expenditure to consolidate its budgetary standing and keep up and reinforce the services it provides; these services guarantee the functionality of the metropolitan territory and, therefore, are seen as one of the assets of the metropolitan society and territory that should contribute to reviving the economy.

    As for the volume of economic resources, the main areas of action where these resources have been used are the following:
    • Territory: Projects to support municipal social policies, the management of metropolitan parks and beaches, the Collserola park and inland waterways, as well as urban actions carried out in metropolitan municipalities, as can be seen with the adoption and implementation of different metropolitan investment plans. For instance, we can highlight the Remodelling of the Paral·lel Avenue in Barcelona; the New La Florida Market in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat; the New Municipal Library in Cerdanyola del Vallès or the Ripoll River Promenade in Montcada i Reixac, among others.
    • Whole water cycle: Actions to manage the water supply to the end users, the sanitation of wastewater and the rainwater.
    • Transports and mobility: Contributions have been made to the provision of passenger transport services, contributions to the Metropolitan Transport Authority to finance the integrated public transport system and to finance the social fare scheme for different groups, such as the elderly, youth or people living with a disability.
    • Waste: Contributions have been made for the functioning of urban waste management services, such as ecoparks, separate waste collection and controlled dumps.
    EXPENDITURE (thousands of Euros) TOTAL 2011-2015
    Personnel + service structure and functioning expenses 189,392
    Financial expenses and loan and credit amortization 48,627
    Investment and management of the territory (1) 598,698
    Support to institutions 73,597
    Waste expenses (2) 791,209
    Whole water cycle expenses (3) 339,951
    Transport and mobility (4) 1,063,703
    Other expenses (environmental services and PDU) 2,452
    Other expenses (environmental services and PDU) 12,410
    Total expenditure 3,120,040
    Amounts corresponding to the initial approved budgets + loan approved to finance the Plan to Support Town Councils

    Management and conservation of public spaces 62,650
    PACT 2012-2015 100,000
    PAMMU 2012-2015 118,884
    Projects and technical assistance 2012-2015 10,000
    PI 2008-2011 mandate 60,034
    Actions in Barcelona following 2013-2015 pact 18,000
    Metropolitan plan to support municipal social policies 30,000
    IMPSOL 21,960
    Fira 2000 9,065
    Plan to support town councils 160,000
    Other investment-related expenses for the management of the territory: Urban Ord., PDU 8,105

    DISTRIBUTION OF EXPENSES FOR WASTE (2) thousands of € TOTAL 2011-2015
    Controlled dumps 60,225
    Transfer plants 32,344
    Sorting plants 66,215
    Separate collection 83,288
    Operation of ecoparks 457,877
    Composting plants 6,776
    Waste plant management 22,690
    Subsidies to town councils for treatment plants 13,208
    Other waste-related expenses 15,400
    Investments 4,717
    Waste-related capital transfers 28,469

    Current expenses for Waters and Rainwater 7,313
    Current expenses for SEM 283,816
    Investments and others 8,278
    SEM-related capital transfers 36,370
    Lab control and inspection 4,174

    Contributions paid to the ATM to finance transport 413,603
    Cost of indirect management in the field of the AMB 516,934
    Contributions to social fares 118,206
    Other expenses for the area of transport and mobility 14,960

    In the same way, the contention of current expenses and the redressing of accounts have allowed the AMB to increase metropolitan investments so as to contribute to reviving the economy and assist municipalities in the provision of services that held social and territorial cohesion throughout the territory. Thus, during this period of time, and besides the metropolitan investment plan containing the ordinary actions of the metropolitan administration, two additional investment plans were adopted with the main goals of promoting employment, offering financial support to municipalities, investing in economic assets and fostering the metropolitan economic fabric. This action, besides funding the services provided directly by the metropolitan administration, entailed direct and indirect investment promoted by the AMB for a total of 409 million Euros.

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    Metropolitan Investment Plan 2012-2015 (cat)
One of the main tasks for the period 2011-2015 has been the consolidation of the new metropolitan administration from an organizational and economic perspective. This has led to reorganizing and optimizing the technical and administrative services existing in the three previous metropolitan bodies that the AMB replaced. In doing so, the aim was to increase the quality of metropolitan services and also to generate new resources that could be used to finance the new competencies included under Law 31/2010.

Another highlight of this period has been the shaping of the plans and programmes that will guide the future of the metropolitan territory. So far, the following plans have been or are being drafted: the Metropolitan urban development master plan, the Metropolitan urban mobility plan, and the AMB Sustainability plan. The drafting process has counted on the participation of all municipalities and social and economic agents, and the aim is to set out the working flows that will guide the development, cohesion and competitiveness of the metropolitan area.

Optimizing resources, generating synergies and containing expenses have made it possible to reinforce the budgetary balances of the AMB and promote additional programmes to combat the social and economic effects of the crisis, without ignoring the ordinary investment activities and the provision of services that, according to the law, fall under the competencies of the AMB. These actions have entailed a significant additional financial effort that has increased the funds initially allocated to investment by 82% for the 2011-2015 period.
  • Metropolitan Action Plan (PAM) 2011-2015
    The new metropolitan administration has based its activity on a programme of actions that was adopted at the start of the mandate, the Metropolitan action plan (PAM).

    The PAM has been the guiding force of AMB's activities and, therefore, of the priorities outlined in the AMB government agreement, signed in July 2011. This plan contains 204 measures grouped into the five areas of management in which the metropolitan administration is organized. At the same time, the PAM also includes other objectives that go beyond the role of guiding the actions of the metropolitan authority.

    The PAM has consolidated the internal organization of the AMB as a body that is geared to achieving shared results, aiming to overcome the inertias that may have occurred in an entity that was replacing three previous metropolitan entities. In parallel, the PAM aimed at reflecting the operational character of the metropolitan agenda, which not only involves the AMB but also all other local administrations and public and private agents that play a role in the governance system of the metropolitan city¬. One of the fundamental elements of the plan has been to turn the AMB into a body that could support and assist town council and strengthen metropolitan policies.

    In this regard, the establishment of management indicators, the drafting of a calendar, a budget and monitoring the completion of objectives have all been present since the actual drafting of the plan. The Area for Strategic Planning has been in charge of monitoring the implementation and assessment of the results, producing regular reports available to the public.

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    Metropolitan Action Plan 2012-2015 (cat)
  • Metropolitan Investment Plan 2012-2015
    The Metropolitan investment plan 2012-2015 has been the economic and project mirror of the measures included in the PAM. i.e. the result of the actions of the metropolitan administration in line with its competencies in the area of social and territorial cohesion, and the measures included in the AMB government agreement.

    Actions funded through the Investment plan are geared towards articulating the metropolitan territory, with an impact on the way that large systems that affect the territory as a whole operate. Generally, the projects have a large territorial outreach or involve more than one municipality, while remaining functional for the municipalities they are targeting.

    The Metropolitan investment plan 2012-2015 was drafted following the principles of solidarity, cooperation and plurality, and is able to generate the resources and serve the needs and problems of the metropolitan municipalities. It has been designed so that it could become a tool to combat the effects of the economic crisis on the citizens, companies and local administrations. And that is why, following this same logic, the allocation of resources to each municipality is done using criteria that combine proportionality and progressiveness, in order to cater for the different demographic, budgetary and socioeconomic features of municipal administrations and their populations.

    The investment plan has also reinforced the administrative, technical and financial coordination instruments: actions included in it have been previously agreed with the municipalities and flexible and agile management mechanisms have been set up. Hence, the municipalities can know what contributions they will be receiving from the AMB with enough time to plan and programme their investment activities and also to manage any changes that may be necessary during the four years of the plan efficiently.

    The Investment plan is broken down into three specific programmes: the Programme of actions for the territorial cohesion (PACT); the Programme of municipal actions for urban improvement (PAMMU); and the Programme of projects and technical assistance. It is important to note that these programmes do not include any investment activity in the municipality of Barcelona; therefore, during this mandate, a Collaboration programme was set up for the public spaces and municipal facilities of Barcelona with a budget of 18 million Euros for investments in the city.

    In total, by the end of 2015, the Investment plan will have financed more than 230 actions.

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    Agreement for the Barcelona Metropolitan Area Government (cat)
    Metropolitan Investment Plan 2012-2015 (cat)
  • Plan to Boost Economic Activity and Quality of Life
    One of the objectives promoted by the actions of the AMB during this period, included in the Government agreement adopted by the metropolitan political forces, and also in the Metropolitan plan of action 2011-2015, has been to combat the effects of the economic crisis on the citizens and metropolitan town councils.

    The Plan to support town councils, to boost economic activity and to improve the quality of life is provided with 160 million Euros, a 70% increase on the initial investment planned for the 2011-2015 mandate. The aim is to contribute to the mitigation of the effects of the economic crisis on the town councils and economic agents in the territory, while also financing projects that have a multiplying effect and contribute to the economic recovery.

    The Plan is divided into four sub-programmes, two of them aiming to guarantee the maintenance of the public heritage and metropolitan territorial articulation model by providing financial assistance to the metropolitan municipalities so they can expropriate to build green zones and supporting municipal housing agencies. The other two aim to provide resources to renovate buildings and improve neighbourhoods, and to projects to improve the infrastructures and competitiveness of industrial estates and areas of economic activity. This contributes to finance the modernisation of metropolitan assets, while at the same time, it instils new dynamism into the fabric of small and medium-sized metropolitan companies in this activity. The forecasted multiplying effect of the 160 million Euros invested by the AMB is expected to reach 300 million Euros.  
  • Metropolitan Plan to Support Municipal Social Policies
    In May 2012, the Metropolitan Council adopted the Metropolitan plan to support municipal social policies with the aim of financing projects geared towards generating direct jobs, promoting the economic activity and improving the employability of jobless people, within the framework of the metropolitan competencies to promote social cohesion.

    This Plan targets all metropolitan municipalities, except Barcelona, given the greater budgetary capacity of the latter and its own structure of services and programmes. From the 30 million Euros put into the Plan, each municipality has had access to a maximum that is established according to their number of inhabitants, unemployment rate, and available family income in the municipality. The projects that were approved could, in turn, receive funds to cover up to 80% of their total cost, and the metropolitan funds could be combined with other financial sources and grants that city councils were able to generate.

    This plan was implemented in two stages (2012-2013 and 2014-2015). In total this has provided funds for 117 projects and has generated 3,822 labour contracts for people who where unemployed.
  • Main actions 2011-2015
    During the 2011-2015 period the AMB has promoted many projects in the municipalities un different investment programmes:

    CAME: Metropolitan Actions Catalogue
    PACT: Programme for Territorial Cohesion Actions
    FEDER: European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
    AT: AMB Technical Assistance Plan
    Pla AMB/BCN: Collaboration programme with the Barcelona Town Council in public space and facilities projects

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    AMB Projects, works and actions
    Complete listing of mains actions in public space and facilities 2011-2015 (cat)
The PAM 2011-2015 has included, as one of its objectives, the reinforcement of metropolitan communication. This has translated into a new communication strategy, contained in the Corporate communications plan, based on three elements: informing citizens of the metropolitan services; highlight the assets found in the metropolitan agglomeration and giving visibility to the work done by the metropolitan administration.

advertisement campaigns
AMB advertisement campaigns

One of the first actions has been the creation of a new brand identity and architecture that reflects the metropolitan administration in all of its competencies, services and attributes. This project finds its expression in the Corporate Identity Manual, which endeavours to identify the metropolitan services and facilities with a new signage for corporate buildings, its fleet of vehicles, and public transport services, as well as by placing new signposts in the parks and beaches of the metropolitan network. The result of this has been an increased visibility for the institution and the publications edited by the AMB.


2011 2012 2013 2014
Magazines and books 2 2 4 13
Other materials 94 101 134 156

Another important element has been boosting the Press office so as to generate contents and reinforce the relationships with the media, especially with the local press and media specialising in issues related to the competencies of the AMB. This strategy has led to a greater media impact at a metropolitan level and better coverage for the news relating to the reality of the metropolitan agglomeration.

Press office production

2011 2012 2013 2014
Press events 15 18 28 37
Press releases 19 26 44 56
Web articles 8 18 25 166

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Publications edited by the AMB

Efforts have also been made to improve efficiency in the use of resources, as can be seen from the unification, under a campaign of a metropolitan outreach, of waste recycling promotion actions that were previously done at each municipality; in the field of transport, this is seen through campaigns launched throughout the territory instead of campaigns to promote public transport managed individually by the franchisee companies.

Logically, the AMB communications strategy also encompasses the digital dimension, with a full makeover of the institutional website, communication campaigns on the social networks and creating Apps as a new way of interacting with and communicating to the citizens and users of the metropolitan services.

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AMB Corporate image
AMB Communication and Press