The formula of political consensus that has prevailed in recent years in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) has been re-examined once again. The PSC opted for a broad government merging Junts, ERC and En Comú Guanyem despite having a sufficient majority in the Capital Council to govern alone. Not only that, for the first time the socialists take over the administration above the municipality, which by unwritten law rests with the mayor of Barcelona, after the re-establishment of the three existing urban entities in 2011 until then.
“It is a political practice with a broad perspective,” stressed the Executive Vice President of AMB, Antonio Palmon, after signing the agreement with the rest of the political formations. For Palmon, this is a testament to the “consensual and pro-community way of working” that has been implemented in recent years and that he intends to maintain in the new state. The aim, moreover, is to become a more respected interlocutor and to be considered by both the Generalitat and the Government.
Areas with the greatest weight such as housing, transportation and water will be in the hands of the socialists
Despite being a quadruple government, the weight of the PSC in the third administration with the largest budget in Catalonia will be evident. The vice-presidents from which the division of responsibilities has been regulated are now called areas on which the delegated councils will also depend. The Socialists would control four boroughs (twice as much as in the previous period) and four devolved assemblies and the rest of the metropolitan government partners would have one borough each (half that so far in the case of the Commonwealth and the Republic).
In the hands of the Socialists will be the most important issues of this administration, which Palmon describes as “issues with little sparkle and priorities and with a lot of impact.” Namely: housing, mobility, economic development, social policies, and the water cycle. This last question was managed by the commons in the last term and caused great internal contradictions. From now on, it will have its own area and will be in the hands of the PSC, which will also direct housing construction policies through IMPSOL and The joint venture Habitatge Metropolis Barcelona.
In Comú Guanyem, this time he will be in charge of the climate action area (without the powers over water that they previously had with the vice president of the environment) and the urban strategic agenda, now consolidated in the same area where the new urban waste prevention plan must be deployed.
For its part, Junts will take over the field of urban politics, which was previously in the hands of the ERC and which has responsibilities Ambitious Urban Urban Planner (PDUM) that one day it should replace the old General Urban Plan (PGM) of 1976. Convergents will also be responsible for the Commissioned Council for Natural Spaces. As for the Republicans, they maintain the international zone and add the digital capital wallet to their prerogatives.
The Mayor of Barcelona, Jaume Colboni, will be the President and the Mayor of the City of Cornella, Antonio Palmon, the Executive Vice President
The names who will be responsible for each of these areas will be announced on Thursday, when the full constitution of the AMB and the portfolio takes place. What is already clear is that Jaume Collboni, Barcelona MayorHe will head an administration that he knows well because he was vice president of the economic zone before. In addition, the mayor of Cornella, Antonio Palmon, will remain the Executive Vice President, the most important position in the organizational structure and which he has held for twelve years.
Low emission areas, one of the biggest challenges
One of the major challenges for the AMB of this state will be in terms of mobility. Veteran vice-president Anthony Poveda, ideologue of Barcelona’s low-emissions zone, will make way for a new face who will have to lead the formulation of the new Urban Mobility Plan for the period 2025-2030. It will be then when the standards for possible future restrictions on the most polluting vehicles are set. The previous document was already intended to limit the arrival of yellow sticker vehiclesBut under the pretext of the epidemic fell into oblivion. The alarmingly increasing deficits in the public transportation system must also be addressed.