Ada Colau rules herself out as Sumar candidate for European elections

Former mayor of Barcelona says she will continue to work for the city 'in whatever capacity'

Former mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau
Former mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau / Catalan News
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January 13, 2024 01:55 PM

January 13, 2024 01:59 PM

The former mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, has ruled out running in the European elections scheduled to be held on June 6-9, 2024. 

In an interview with Catalunya Ràdio, Colau said she will not leave the Barcelona City Council and will continue to work for the city "in whatever capacity."

"I am staying in Barcelona because it is my priority, and I did not enter politics to hold positions. I will stay in whatever position, although some elites in this city would like me to leave," she added. 

Colau, mayor of Barcelona from 2015 to 2023, has not ruled out running for mayor in the next local elections, scheduled for 2027.  

In June, after a last-minute twist in a nerve-wracking session, Socialist Jaume Collboni was appointed Barcelona's new mayor with the support of Barcelona en Comú and the conservative People's Party.  

Colau has confirmed that she will meet with Collboni on Thursday to explore the possibility of a legislative pact, amid recent speculation of an agreement between Collboni and center-right former mayor Xavier Trias.