- The Council of Ministers authorizes the agreement with GSMA regarding the consequences of the cancellation of the 2020 MWC in the context of the health emergency arising from COVID-19
- With this agreement, the necessary impulse is given to the celebration of the next editions of the MWC, thus reaffirming the position of Barcelona as the world mobile capital
- The economic and labor impact of the last edition, held in 2019, is estimated at around 470 million euros and 13,000 jobs
June 23, 2020.- The Council of Ministers has authorized the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation and the Public Business Entity Red.es to reach an agreement with GSMA, the organizing entity of the Mobile World Congress, to resolve the consequences derived from the cancellation of MWC 2020 in the context of the COVID-19 health emergency. In this way, the celebration of the next editions is promoted and the celebration of the event is extended until 2024.
The authorization, in the form of a Royal Decree, allows for the transactional resolution of the effects of the suspension of the MWC. On the one hand, the Groupe Special Mobile Association (GSMA) offers the General Administration of the State a very reduced rate and in advantageous conditions for the edition of the MWC of 2021 in compensation for the expenses that had to be faced in 2020 and is expanded the period of the congress in Barcelona one more year until 2024.
On the other hand, the Barcelona Mobile World Capital Foundation, which integrates the public administrations and institutions that support the holding of the congress, will face its financial commitments to GSMA in 2020. This contribution will be returned in the event that the next edition in Barcelona in 2021.
The MWC has a significant economic and social impact, and is the largest reference worldwide in the mobile phone sector. The 2019 edition brought together more than 109,000 visitors from 198 countries and had more than 2,400 participating companies, with an estimated economic impact of some 470 million euros and 13,000 jobs