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Statement: The Public Prosecutor’s Office to take no further action concerning the complaint that Barcelona City Council lodged against FCC management regarding the cleaning and refuse collection contract

18/01/2018

Statement: The Public Prosecutor’s Office to take no further action concerning the complaint that Barcelona City Council lodged against FCC management regarding the cleaning and refuse collection contract

Statement: The Public Prosecutor’s Office to take no further action concerning the complaint that Barcelona City Council lodged against FCC management regarding the cleaning and refuse collection contract

FCC has been pleased to receive the news that the Barcelona Provincial Prosecutor’s Office will not pursue further investigation proceedings that were initiated following Barcelona City Council’s complaint regarding alleged irregularities in the provision of cleaning and refuse collection contract services. In this regard, FCC wishes to make the following statement:

As the Prosecutor’s Office has reached its conclusions, there are no indications to suggest that any crime had been committed, since there was no intention to deceive by FCC. And as the City Council has already recognized, it suffered no economic harm as a result. Similarly, the Prosecutor's Office concludes that it has not been possible to prove that the services were not provided. The audit carried out by the City Council itself warned of the unreliability of the documentation that served as the basis for the complaint regarding cleaning services.

The conclusions of the Prosecutor's Office ratify what FCC maintained on multiple occasions regarding the correct provision of the services: the claims that the Council had been billed for services not provided were radically false and that the improvement of the service was always paramount.

Since the news of the complaint was received, FCC provided its full cooperation and acted with transparency regarding the facts reported, conducting an internal investigation whose conclusions were shared with the City Council and which have been endorsed by the Public Prosecutor’s decision to take no further action.

FCC regrets that some members of the City Council have made statements and made value judgements for some months, which have proved to be hasty and unjustified. In this sense, FCC trusts that such an essential service for the city does not become a media platform of a political nature. 

We wish to reiterate once again FCC’s commitment to the city of Barcelona, its citizens and the City Council, as well as our full commitment to continue working to provide the best service.