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The Barcelona Consolat de Mar is the Conflict Settlement Centre of the Barcelona Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation.

Through the Consolat de Mar, the Barcelona Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation offers business owners and traders the possibility of reaching a resolution for their conflicts or disagreements, within Spain or abroad, without having to resort to legal proceedings.

The Consolat de Mar is a secular institution that was formed in the Middle Ages during the reign of Peter III the Ceremonious. Its vocation to represent trading interests led it to effectively defend and govern our merchants’ business activities, helping them overcome the conflicts that are part and parcel of the negotiation process. In short, it contributed to creating a favourable environment for the economic and social progress of Catalonia.

Today, returning to its historical roots, the Barcelona Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation has delegated to the Consolat de Mar the functions that correspond to it within the current legal system.

THE SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES OF THE CONSOLAT DE MAR

The scope of activities of the Consolat de Mar arise from the functions that are attributed by law to the Chambers of Commerce both in Spain as a whole and in Catalonia. In particular, Article 11, paragraph n) of the Catalan Act 14/2002, of 27 June, concerning the Official Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Navigation and the General Council of Chambers provides that, among others, the Chambers have the following functions:

« Perform business arbitration, mediation and conciliation functions, in Spain and abroad, and use any other alternative system for settling conflicts, in accordance with current legislation »

In addition, the Chamber’s Byelaws specifically include these functions, in addition to recognising the Consolat de Mar advisory capacity through the issuing of opinions and appraisals (Art. 79), as provided in current legislation.

STRUCTURE AND FUNCTIONING

With respect to its structure and functioning, its decision-making body is the Council of Twenty. This Council is composed of 20 people, appointed for a 4-year period by the Plenary Session of the Barcelona Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation, choosing people of acknowledged repute in industry, commerce and services, with the exception of the President of the Barcelona Cereals Exchange, who is the founder member. The Council of Twenty meets at regular intervals and is chaired by the President of the Barcelona Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation.

APPLICABLE LEGISLATION

With respect to the conflict resolution systems administered and organised by the Consolat de Mar, a series of general and special provisions must be taken into account.

The general provisions include the following:

- Basic Act 3/1993, of 22 March, concerning the Official Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Navigation

- Act 14/2002, of 27 June, concerning the Official Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Catalonia and the General Council of Chambers

- Byelaws of the Barcelona Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation

The special provisions include:

- General Regulations of the Consolat de Mar

- Regulations of the Consolat de Mar concerning business arbitration

- Regulations concerning the Consensual Conflict Resolution

MEMBERS OF THE CONSOLAT DE MAR

Chairman, Mr. Miquel Valls Maseda, President of the Barcelona Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation.

Council of Twenty

Sr. José Luis Esteban i Mur, president de la Llotja de Cereals
Sr. Joan Amat i Solé
Sr. Celso Besolí i Capdevila
Sr. Víctor Blanc i Marfà
Sr. Ramon Camp i Batalla
Sr. Aureli Casabona i Bel
Sr. Josep Maria Coronas i Guinart
Sr. Raimon Domènech i Suñer
Sr. Enric Enrech i Artal
Sr. Joan Estapé i Mir
Sr. Àngel García Fontanet
Sra. Núria Lao i Mulinari
Sr. Ramon Nadal i Riera
Sr. Ramon Palou i Godal
Sr. Joan Francesc Pont i Clemente
Sra. Maria Mercedes Tarrazón i Rodon
Sr. Pau Relat i Vidal
Sra. Sílvia Sorribas
Sr. Josep M. Valls i Xufré
Sr. Lluís Vendrell i Pedrola

Secretary of the Barcelona Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation.

 

 

 

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