A few days ago I was together with Jordi Picas [Director of the Autonomous Area of Suara] at the presentation of the Social Inclusion Plan of Barcelona 2012-2015 at the Barcelona City Council. The presentation was made in the framework of the governing council of the Citizen Agreement for an Inclusive Barcelona and was attended by the Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, and the Deputy for Quality of Life, Equality and Sports, Maite Fandos. The president of the Mesa del Tercer Sector, Àngels Guiteras was also present at the event.
"To get out of the crisis we must have clear priorities and the social sector is number one for the City Council," said Trias. The Inclusion Plan defines a new model against social exclusion, which is based on a strategy shared with civil society to reduce inequalities and activate citizenship.
For her part, the Deputy Mayor for Quality of Life, Equality and Sports, Maite Fandos, pointed out that the Inclusion Plan "is the municipal master plan and the main instrument of the mandate that involves the whole city to make Barcelona a more cohesive city, to face the crisis".
For the Barcelona City Council, attention to people and improving the quality of life is the top priority and has pledged to maintain the increase in social spending throughout the mandate, considering that the current situation requires emphasis on social policies.
María Díaz, director of the Barcelonès Area of Suara Cooperativa