Barcelona, ​​among the finalist cities to host the new headquarters of the European Center for Meteorological Predictions


The Spanish candidacy has passed the first cut where it competed with 9 other European countries

The proposal offers a scientific ecosystem with a cutting-edge building, prepared for the immediate incorporation of workers

The final result will be decided on December 9

Barcelona’s bid to host the third headquarters of the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) has passed the first phase. The proposal, promoted by the Government of Spain, with the collaboration of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Barcelona City Council, has passed to the second round of selection of the 10 that were submitted to the contest. The final vote to choose the venue will be held on December 9 in the Center’s Council, which brings together the 22 member states.

This new headquarters would join the one in Reading (United Kingdom) and the one already being built in Bologna (Italy), which will host the new supercomputer of the center in 2021.

The Vice President and Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, has assured that this is “very good news for Spain. Our candidacy, based in Barcelona, ​​has been highly valued, and if we go ahead it would mean enhancing our country’s research capacity in new essential weather forecasting techniques in the current scenario of greater meteorological adversity due to global warming ”.

Furthermore, “this center will facilitate a greater participation of Spanish institutions and companies in the development of projects related to the implementation of new climate services provided by the Copernicus Atmosphere and Climate Change Service to all EU countries”, Ribera highlighted .

Barcelona’s candidacy was approved by the Council of Ministers on May 29, 2020, after the joint presentation by the ministries of Science and Innovation, Foreign Affairs, and Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge. In order to prepare it, a working group was created last June, initially led by the Ministry of Science and Innovation through the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) in which the three administrations have been represented, while in the second phase of In this process, the candidacy has been led by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge.

This group has worked intensively and in coordination with the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), which is the official representative of Spain on the board of the European center, in the realization of a competitive and attractive proposal.


The candidature of Spain, based in Barcelona, ​​is based on the following strategic pillars: a city with a high quality of life and very well connected to the world; a powerful scientific-university and innovation ecosystem; a wide range of international schools; a dynamic labor market for qualified professionals; a turnkey building that can hold up to 400 people, located in a quality scientific environment; a forward-looking program of science and innovation activities; and personalized support for the transfer and installation of ECMWF personnel.

These pillars are what will ensure the continuity of the ECMWF’s work, the retention of talent, and the expansion of its scope and scientific and geopolitical influence. More detailed information on the advantages of the application can be obtained by consulting the website

Spain, Catalonia and Barcelona are fully committed to the European project and to building a stronger Europe that will be an indispensable actor in providing solutions to global challenges such as climate change, migratory movements, gender equality, aging. or poverty. Your involvement in this bid is an example of your strong commitment.

The European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts is an independent intergovernmental organization made up of 22 member and 12 associate states. It was established in 1975 and has 360 workers from more than 30 countries. This will be the third ECMWF headquarters after the one in Reading (headquarters for 40 years) and Bologna (data center).

The Center is both a research institute and a 24/7 operational service that produces global weather forecasts and other data both for its members and for the scientific and business community in general. ECMWF’s strategy is the result of extensive collaboration with member states and the community of users and partners. Collaboration is very close with national meteorological services, world space agencies, the European Union, the World Meteorological Organization, universities and research centers.

ECMWF’s primary mission is to produce numerical weather forecasts and monitor the Earth system; carry out scientific and technical research to improve forecasting skills, and maintain an archive of meteorological data.

ECMWF also provides advanced training to scientific personnel from its Member and Cooperating States and assists the World Meteorological Organization with its programs. ECMWF operates two services of the EU Copernicus Earth Observation Program: Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) and Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S). ECMWF also contributes to the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS).

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