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Barcelona City Council

Ajuntament de Barcelona
Jaume Collboni, PSC
since 17 June 2023
Political groups
Government (10)
  •   PSC–PSOE (10)

Opposition (31)

Length of term
4 years
Last election
28 May 2023
Next election
Meeting place
Barcelona City Hall

The City Council of Barcelona (Catalan: Ajuntament de Barcelona; Spanish: Ayuntamiento de Barcelona) is the top-tier administrative and governing body of the municipality of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. In terms of political structure, it consists of the invested Mayor of Barcelona, currently Jaume Collboni, the Government Commission, and an elected 41-member deliberative Plenary (Consell Municipal) with scrutiny powers.[1][2]


The Mayor is elected by the members of the plenary among its members the day the new municipal corporation is formed after the local election. The officeholder has a mandate for the 4-year duration of the elected body. If the Mayor leaves office ahead of time a new voting may take place among the plenary members in order to invest a new mayor (meanwhile, another local councillor, conventionally the first deputy mayor, may act as acting Mayor). Since 17 June 2023 the Mayor is Jaume Collboni.[3] The opening session in which the Mayor is invested is traditionally held at the Saló de Cent.

Government Commission

The Government Commission (Comissió de Govern; also Junta de Govern or Junta de Gobierno) is formed by the Mayor, the Deputy Mayors, and a number of appointed councillors.

Municipal Council

The municipal council (Consell Municipal) is the body formed by the elected councillors of the Ajuntament. The plenary meetings (Ple) are held at the "Carles Pi i Sunyer" Hall. It is formed by the municipal councillors, elected through closed party list proportional representation. 41 councillors are currently elected on the basis of the population of the municipality. Councillors are grouped in Municipal Groups on the basis of their political filiation. The Municipal Council can also meet in Commissions (akin to parliamentary committees).[4]

A list of local elections (electing the councillors of the Plenary) since the restoration of the democratic system is presented as follows:

Results of the elections since 1901

City councelors in the City Council of Barcelona since 1901
Key to parties
  Other left
Election Distribution Mayor Government Composition
1 12 3 8 17 9
Directly appointed by the King
29 4 17
31 19
May 1909
25 11 14
Dec 1909
29 13 8
24 11 15
21 5 2 18 1 1 2
20 1 3 20 4 2
23 22 3 2
16 1 26 1 1 2 3
14 1 28 3 4
1923–1931: Dictatorship of Primo de Rivera.
During this interval, city councils were dissolved and no elections were held.
Directly appointed by the Civil Governor of Barcelona
12 1 25 12
Jaume Aiguader (ERC) Aiguader
3 17 2 4 4 10
Carles Pi i Sunyer (ERC) (1934)
Pi i Sunyer I
1934–1936: Suspension of autonomy.
During this interval, the city council was replaced by a central government appointed
management commission.
Directly appointed by the Governor General of Catalonia (1934-1936)
3 17 2 4 4 10
Carles Pi i Sunyer (ERC) (1936-1937) Pi i Sunyer II
Hilari Salvadó i Castell (ERC) (1937-1939) Salvadó
1939–1979: Francoist dictatorship.
During this interval, no elections were held.
Directly appointed by the Civil Governor of Barcelona
9 16 8 8
Narcís Serra (PSC) (1979-1982) Serra
Pasqual Maragall (PSC) (1982-1997) Maragall I
3 21 13 6
Maragall II
2 21 17 3
Maragall III
3 20 16 4
Maragall IV
3 2 16 13 7
Maragall V
Joan Clos (PSC) (1997-2006) Clos I
2 3 20 10 6
Clos II
5 5 15 9 7
Clos III
Jordi Hereu (PSC) (2006-2011) Hereu I
4 4 14 12 7
Hereu II
5 2 11 14 9
Xavier Trias (CDC) Trias
3 11 5 4 10 5 3
Ada Colau (BComú) Colau I
BComú until May 2016
BComúPSC between May 2016 and Nov 2017

BComú from Nov 2017
10 10 8 5 6 2
Colau II
BComúPSC until Jan 2023
BComú from Jan 2023
9 5 10 11 4 2
Jaume Collboni (PSC) Collboni

Public bodies and companies

A part of the management is conducted by entities wholly or partially owned by the Ajuntament:[5]

Autonomous bodies
  • Institut Municipal de Persones amb Discapacitat
  • Institut Municipal d'Informàtica de Barcelona
  • Institut Municipal d'Hisenda
  • Institut Municipal de Mercats de Barcelona
  • Institut Municipal d'Educació de Barcelona
  • Institut Municipal del Paisatge Urbà i la Qualitat de Vida
  • Institut Municipal Barcelona Esports
  • Institut Municipal de Serveis Socials de Barcelona
Public business entities
  • Institut Municipal Fundació Mies van der Rohe
  • Institut Municipal de l'Habitatge i Rehabilitació
  • Institut Municipal de Parcs i Jardins
  • Institut Municipal d'Urbanisme
  • Institut de Cultura de Barcelona
Limited companies
  • Barcelona Cicle de l'Aigua, SA - BCASA
  • Informació i Comunicació de Barcelona, SA
  • Barcelona Activa SAU SPM
  • Barcelona de Serveis Municipals, SA - BSM
  • Parc d'Atraccions Tibidabo, SA
  • Tractament i Seleccions de Residus, SA - TERSA
  • Selectives Metropolitanes, SA - SEMESA
  • Solucions Integrals pels Residus, SA - SIRESA
  • Cementiris de Barcelona, SA
  • Mercabarna
  • Barcelona d'Infraestructures Municipals, SA - BIMSA
  • Foment de Ciutat, SA
Consortiums, foundations and associations
  • Fundació Museu Picasso de Barcelona
  • Fundació Barcelona Institute of Technology for the Habitat
  • Associación Red Internacional de Ciudades Educadoras
  • Institut Infància y Adolescència de Barcelona, C.
  • Consorci Campus Interuniversitari Diagonal-Besòs
  • Agència d'Ecologia Urbana de Barcelona
  • Agència Local de l'Energia de Barcelona
  • Consorci del Besòs
  • Consorci de Biblioteques de Barcelona
  • Consorci Mercat de les Flors
  • Consorci Localret
  • Consorcio Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona
  • Consorci Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
  • Consorci de L'Auditori y la Orquestra
  • Fundació Barcelona Cultura
  • Fundació Navegació Oceànica de Barcelona
  • Fundació Carles Pi i Sunyer d'Estudis Autonòmics i Locals
  • Fundación Privada Julio Muñoz Ramonet
  • Fundació Barcelona Mobile World Capital Foundation
  • Red de Juderías de España, Caminos de Sefarad
  • Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona
  • Consorci Institut d’Infància i Món Urbà
  • Consorci Campus Interuniversitari del Besòs
  • Agència d'Ecologia Urbana de Barcelona
  • Agència Local de l'Energia de Barcelona
  • Consorci del Besòs
  • Consorci de Biblioteques de Barcelona
  • Consorci del Mercat de les Flors/Centre de les Arts de Moviment
  • Consorci El Far
  • Consorci Local Localret
Foundations and associations
  • Fundació Barcelona Cultura
  • Fundació Navegación Oceánica de Barcelona
  • Asociación Red Internacional de Ciudades Educadoras

See also



  1. ^ "Barcelona despide a 26 de sus 41 concejales". El Periódico. 2015-06-10.
  2. ^ "La organización". Ajuntament de Barcelona. 20 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Jaume Collboni alcalde de Barcelona | Ayuntamiento de Barcelona". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2024-01-29.
  4. ^ "Organització i funcionament de l'Ajuntament de Barcelona" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Entidades municipales en el ámbito de la transparencia". 17 December 2015.
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