The mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, has defended the need to bet on local commerce in the face of the Christmas campaign against the American giant Amazon. Empowering a sector that has suffered a lot from the crisis caused by the pandemic. Joining the initiative promoted by the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo.
"Nothing to buy on Amazon or large platforms that not only do not pay taxes, but do not have any added value in our city, and let's go to the shops, bars and restaurants that have given us so much," Colau asked in the delivery of the Prize Barcelona Comerç 2020. The Deputy Mayor, Jaume collboni, "a transformation model that cheats because they do not pay the taxes they should pay" referring to this type of platform.
The multinational has responded by insisting that they work in collaboration with some 2000 SMEs throughout Catalonia, "they are the second largest exporters in Spain and registered international sales in Amazon stores of more than 100 million euros in 2019", referring to the SMEs with which they work.
On the other hand, detractors of this initiative such as Josep Sánchez Llibre, president of Foment del Treball, crossing out the measure as populism. "A solution has always been sought that allows a balance between the sale of traditional local commerce and that of e-commerce, so that both can work with the same competitive tools". And that these types of calls go against the decision of consumers, referring directly to the mayor of the city of Barcelona, "a ruler has to propose mature and solvent solutions and not primary approaches aimed at boycotting."