The Pacte Industrial de la Regió Metropolitana de Barcelona (Barcelona Metropolitan Region Industrial Pact) is an association that was set up in 1997 with the mission of creating a strategic alliance between public administrations, business organisations and trade unions, in order to promote industrial competitiveness, encourage job creation and improve social cohesion and sustainability throughout the metropolitan region.
Under the aegis of this alliance, the Pacte Industrial has secured the support of 50 town councils, 11 business organisations, the 2 largest trade unions, the Government of Catalonia, Barcelona Provincial Council, Barcelona Metropolitan Area, 6 county councils, 6 universities and a variety of institutions related to the field of economic development.
The Metropolitan Region of Barcelona comprises the counties of Alt Penedès, Barcelonès, Baix Llobregat, Garraf, Maresme, Vallès Occidental and Vallès Oriental. It is one of the most important industrial areas in Europe, and is also home to the majority of the population of Catalonia.
New challenges, new priorities
In 2007, on the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the Pacte Industrial signed a declaration in which it promised to continue working towards improving the competitiveness of the region’s industries and the internationalisation of the Catalan economy. The declaration also confirmed its commitment to consolidating the region’s existing industries and promoting new industrial activities, in order to give the Barcelona Metropolitan Region a renewed, strengthened industrial base capable of overcoming the new challenges posed by globalisation.
The General Council of 2012 set out the strategic areas to focus on for the 2012-2015 period in order to respond to the current economic situation. The areas requiring priority action in the forthcoming years, as identified by the Pacte Industrial, are: the fight against unemployment, improvements in professional training and the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation. It also remains committed to the need for sound infrastructure and the necessity of guaranteeing principles such as social dialogue and consensus.
2015 Activity Report (in Catalan).
Declaration entitled “Towards the Renewal and Growth of Industrial Activities in the Barcelona Metropolitan Region”, signed on 16 March 2007 at the Palau de Pedralbes in Barcelona on the occasion of the association’s 10th anniversary (in Catalan).
Founding articles for the Pacte Industrial de la Regió Metropolitana de Barcelona association, signed on 21 January 1997 at the Montjuïc-2 trade fair centre in Hospitalet de Llobregat (in Catalan).
Statutes (in Catalan).