Royal Decree-Law 8/2015, 26 June, Measures Of Support For The Continuity Of Barcelona As A "mobile World Capital" For The 2019-2023 Period.

Original Language Title: Real Decreto-ley 8/2015, de 26 de junio, de medidas de apoyo para la continuidad de Barcelona como "Mobile World Capital" para el período 2019-2023.

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EXHIBITION OF REASONS I 'Mobile World Congress' is a Congress of an annual basis around the world of mobile communication. The Organization rests in «Groupe Speciale Mobile Association» (in ahead, GSMA) that brings to almost 800 operators of telephony mobile of 219 countries, as well as more than 200 companies in the world of the mobile. Since 1990 the GSMA Association is organizing the «Mobile World Congress» and since 2006 is held in Barcelona. It is of an event of special relevance in the world of the telephony mobile.

In 2010, GSMA established a new approach to the celebration of this event for the period 2012-2018, opening up a nominations process around the world. In this selection process, that lasted 18 months, more than 30 cities around the world participated and they were finalists the cities of Munich, Milan, Paris and Barcelona, latter being finally selected, so it was signed on July 14, 2011 with GSMA the corresponding «Agreement». With the Declaration of Barcelona as «Mobile World Capital» until the year 2018, Barcelona not only is the headquarters official of the mentioned event but also is the headquarters of all a series of performances and projects parallel to boost projects and companies of mobility along all the year.

The «Barcelona Mobile World Capital» is without doubt a unique performance of relevant features and implications for the telecommunications sector, with a significant effect drag in the whole of the Spanish economy. It coincides with a moment of expansion or new technological leap by the emergence and expansion of the mobile internet and new devices and channels of access to the network that is transforming business models in internet services from mobile devices and access to the network from channels in mobility. Is the mobility which is allowing the expansion of new applications, the redesign of the services existing and, above all, is allowing access to internet to each time more people in the world.

The event offers the opportunity to the Spanish companies take advantage of this wave of innovation, opening up lots of possibilities of sharing and exporting business initiatives that here have been successful. But also, «Barcelona Mobile World Capital» is an event of special relevance, not only from the point of view of the development of the telecommunications and the development of them technologies and the society of the information but also from the point of view tourist and of it image of Spain to the associate, as attributes of our country, technology and modernity.

The positive impact of the 'Barcelona Mobile World Capital' has been increased year by year. In the edition of 2014, is encrypted them income in 397 million of euros, 12,300 jobs of work and 30 million of euros of fundraising. The cumulative economic impact of the «Mobile World Congress» in the city of Barcelona (in the period 2006-2014) is estimated at 2,500 million euros and the impact on the labor market amounts to 60,000 temporary jobs. The forecasts about the impact economic for them next years are still best, counting with the prestige consolidated of this event, reference to level world, and the multiplication of activities related with the development of them technologies mobile led by the «Foundation Mobile World Capital».

In the latest edition of the Congress held at the beginning of 2015 'Mobile World Congress' brought together more than 93,000 visitors from 200 countries and more than 2,000 companies showed products and highly innovative services on 100,000 sqm of exhibition space. Them 4 days of conferences and demonstrations attracted to executives of all the world and of them operators of telephony more influential, as well as to companies of software, suppliers of equipment, companies of Internet and companies of sectors as the automotive, them finance and the health, besides delegations Government of all the world. The direct impact on the tourism sector, in indirect and low season in the city and their impact in terms of image of Spain should be also taken into account.

He Government has said publicly its will of support this event, both with the manifestation of that support by the President of the Government in Headquarters parliamentary as with the presence of the King of Spain and of different members of the Government in Barcelona during your celebration. Also senior positions in the Ministry of industry, energy and tourism have been participating regularly in meetings of the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee.

II in these moments the GSMA Association has raised not to open the selection process to new venues for the 2019-2023 period if, from Spain, extending the existing commitment today.

The City Council of the city of Barcelona together with the «Foundation Mobile World Capital» has announced its intention to submit a proposal for renewal of the current compromise so that this event continue to be held in Barcelona during 2019-2023.

The renewal of the commitment to the celebration of the event for this new period is especially important. If this renewal was not signed, there is a risk of the loss of the status of «Mobile World Capital» for Barcelona. The consequences would be very important as the «Mobile World Congress» is the main Congress International that is celebrated in Spain.

The need is determined by the decisions of GSMA calendar. The Council of Association shall decide, at its next meeting on July 14, 2015, if it approves the renewal of the capital of Barcelona for the 2019-2023 period either opens the selection process for other candidates.

Approval of the renewal by the GSMA Board requires the prior signature by all parties of the extension of the «Agreement» of 2011 in the terms negotiated by the parties and which were presented and ratified by the Mayor of the city of Barcelona on June 2, 2015 and by the Conseller d' company i Ocupació on June 9, 2015. Currently the only participating organization in the 'Barcelona Mobile World Capital' event which has not signed the extension of the agreement is the General Administration of the State.

III in this standard are, by their nature and purpose, the circumstances of extraordinary and urgent necessity required by article 86 of the Spanish Constitution for the approval of the decree-laws.

The adoption of the measures covered in this Royal Decree is due to the need to empower the Minister of industry, energy and tourism, on behalf of the General Administration of the State, to sign the extension of the aforementioned «Agreement» of July 14, 2011, through October 1, 2023, in order to obtain the designation of Barcelona as a «Mobile World Capital» for the 2019-2023 period. All this requires an immediate response, which justifies the adoption of this measure with the greatest urgency.

Virtue, in application of the authorization contained in article 86 of the Spanish Constitution, on the proposal of the Minister of industry, energy and tourism, after deliberation by the Council of Ministers at its meeting of June 26, 2015, HAVE: article 1. Ratification of agreements in relation to the renewal of the designation of the city of Barcelona as «Mobile World Capital» for the 2019-2023 period and authorisation for the signing of such renewal.

1. it ratifies the Protocol signed between the Ministry of industry, energy and tourism of the Kingdom of Spain, the Generalitat de Catalunya and Ajuntament de Barcelona, as well as the offer presented to GSMA Ltd, signed on 26 March 2015 by the Ministry of industry, energy and tourism of the Kingdom of Spain, Generalitat de Catalunya, Ajuntament de Barcelona, Consorci de Turisme de Barcelona , Fira Internacional de Barcelona and Foundation «Mobile World Capital ' for the renewal of the designation of the city of Barcelona as «Mobile World Capital» for the 2019-2023 period.

2. it authorizes the Secretary of State for telecommunications and the information society, on behalf of the General Administration of the State, to sign the extension of the «Agreement» of 14 July 2011 through October 1, 2023, on the terms negotiated by the parties and ratified by the Mayor of the city of Barcelona on June 2, 2015 and by the Conseller d' company employment of the Generalitat of Catalonia i 9 June 2015.

Article 2. Guarantee of the rights of the General Administration of the State.

1. in the case of the General Administration of the State has to cope with responsibilities arising from the application of article 27 of the Agreement referred to in this standard, signatory Governments will assume, in the part that attributable, liabilities accrued, in accordance with the provisions of this article and the provisions of a regulatory nature that , in development and execution of the same, is handed down.

2. the Administration General of the State will adopt them measures necessary to ensure their rights facing them claims that is directed against she by obligations whose compliance corresponds to another administration public, articulating to the respect them mechanisms of compensation that are appropriate.

Provision additional unique.

In attention to the urgency that concurs to the signature of the agreement that is authorizes in the article 1, the processing of the corresponding record of expenditure must complete is in the term of a month.

Sole final provision. Entry in force.

The present Royal Decree-Law shall enter into force the day of its publication in the «Official Gazette».

Given in Madrid, the 26 of June of 2015.


The Prime Minister, MARIANO RAJOY BREY