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Mayor leads on new procurement rules for Barcelona

7 March 2014

Barcelona (Spain) enacted new guidelines on social and environmental criteria for procurement in the city on 15 December 2013. The process was set in motion after Mayor Xavier Trias signed a mayoral decree on socially and environmentally responsible procurement on 20 November 2013.

Incorporation of the new criteria is mandatory for all municipal contracting authorities. Social aspects of the new rules include engaging in contracts with charities or non-profit organisations, while the environmental criteria for certain products will be defined in cooperation with the city council. Priority for the creation of these criteria will be given to products and services such as food, energy, and vehicles.

To aid awareness and implementation of the new regulations, Barcelona’s human resources department carried out training sessions for municipal staff in November. Information will also be distributed through the city’s intranet, as well as through circulars and instruction manuals.

For more information, click here [in Catalan].