Barcelona, world's capital of sustianable urban mobility 2013, aims to become a self-sufficient city at all levels.
Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias, accompanied by other members of the municipal corporation, have received the Indian leaders to explain them the most innovative projects in which the city is immersed. Trias has offered an overview of Barcelona and stressed that one of his priorities is to diversify the economy. According to the mayor, "we live in times of recession but Barcelona is a small oasis. Cities are essential to overcome the crisis and Barcelona and its metropolitan area are. "
For its part, urban planning city councillor, Antoni Vives, explained to Indian reporters that this year the city is the world´s capital of sustainable mobility. The council is reinforcing this responsabilty by strengthening the commitment of being a 'smart-city'. Vives detailed the challenges ahead for Barcelona: "We want to build a self-sufficient city connected at all levels". These goals, as explained, intended to be achieved through several initiatives including enhancing functionality of the city; paying special attention to green áreas; achieving excellence in urban design; creating efficient and productive neighborhoods and promoting new urban attractions.
The mayor of Barcelona also emphasized the openness of the city for business and entrepreneurship, and shown his awareness of Barcelona brand being “traditionally associated with culture and sports. A change in our image that occurred during the 1992 Olympics. "
The meeting has been completed with a typical Indian meal, prepared by Moti Mahal restaurant, on the terrace of the town hall.