New chapter in the long list of legal disputes between Agbar and the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB), the supra-municipal entity chaired by Ada Colau. A judgment of the contentious administrative court number 8 of Barcelona obliges the public body to pay 14.8 million for sanitation services to the mixed company Aigües de Barcelona, which controls Agbar 70% with a 15% stake in the AMB.
The company Aigües de Barcelona had appealed the decision adopted by the Council of the AMB on June 26, 2018, which rejected its claim that those 14.8 million euros were paid to it, which it considered necessary financial contributions derived from the contract to create the mixed company. The AMB, for its part, interpreted the opposite. But finally, the litigation has fallen on the side of the company, pending a possible appeal to higher instances.
“I recognize the right of the actor to be paid the amount claimed plus legal interest,” the magistrate resolved. According to the ruling, these revenues are necessary to finance water sanitation services, which this public-private firm is in charge of together with the home supply of drinking water and the regeneration of wastewater for other uses.
One particularity of the litigation is that it covers the year 2014 to 2017 – although the judgment only refers to non-compliance in 2014 and 2015. In this sense, Aigües de Barcelona recalls that they have also made claims for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020.
The open dispute with Agbar in Barcelona, especially with the City Council governed by Ada Colau, dates back to when the Comuns began the consultation process – now paralyzed – to municipalize the service. The TSJC revoked in its day the agreements by which the mixed company was constituted, but the Supreme Court ended up endorsing it.