Mission and aims
Since it was founded in 1976 by the Diputació de Tarragona, the Tarragona Modern Art Museum has fulfilled its mission to promote the study and knowledge of modern and contemporary art and also to conserve and exhibit its artistic heritage and share it with the community. In order to achieve this aim, the Museum was founded, which has various exhibition and conservation areas and is equipped with an auxiliary library, a documentation centre and a photographic archive.
The aims of the Tarragona Modern Art Museum are:
- to promote the study and knowledge of modern and contemporary art
- to conserve and exhibit artistic heritage
- to share this heritage with the community
- to provide library, documentation centre and photographic archive services
Governance of the MAMT
The Advisory Committee of the Citizen’s Assistance Service-SAC of the Diputació de Tarragona may also issue rulings with regard to matters within the scope of the Tarragona Modern Art Museum if they are within the remit of the Governing Committee and if they so require. The Plenary meeting also decides the number and members of the Advisory Committee on a proportional basis. The Advisory Committee holds an ordinary meeting at least once a month.
President of the Diputació de Tarragona
The President of the Advisory Committee of the Citizen’s Assistance Service
The members of the Advisory Committee of the Citizen’s Assistance Service
The alternate members of the Advisory Committee of the Citizen’s Assistance Service
Code of Good Governance
In an economic, social and political environment in which citizens often consider themselves remote from politics, institutions and public officials need to treat this situation as an opportunity and as a motor for strengthening democratic ties. Therefore, local authorities need to redouble their efforts to re-establish the value of local politics and regain the trust of citizens by intensifying and effectively transmitting ethical principles, standards of conduct and the attitude of public officials and local managers.
Within this context, the drafting and publication of a Code of Good Governance (CBG) is an appropriate tool to achieve this, reinforced by a new legal framework which regulates and guarantees transparency in all areas of activity as well as access to public information.
The CBG is a tool that offers a formal introduction to ethics in the local environment in an innovative way, and is adapted to the current legal framework and the demands of citizens. Adopting a simple structure, it sets the strategic policies with a view to appropriate local public administration from the perspective of good governance, while establishing the bases for its subsequent development, if required.
The Code of Good Governance aims to establish the principles that must be observed in the fulfilment of the political responsibilities of governance and administration, as well as those of local management and administration, establishing commitments that reflect the recommended standards of conduct and strengthen the democratic nature of local institutions.
Its specific aims are as follows:
- To integrate ethics within the functioning of local bodies.
- To incorporate action strategies in order to achieve real and effective democracy, through participation and open governance, within the areas that correspond to each institution.
- To define the basic policies that should govern local public administration.
- To strengthen the standards of conduct in the exercise of public duties.
- To establish the guidelines for appropriate relations between the areas of governance and administration, normalising internal personal relations.
The present Code, as an instrument to inspire the conduct of local bodies and their employees, applies to:
- Members of the corporation, as elected representatives.
- Members of the governing bodies of autonomous institutions.
- The heads of governing bodies, in accordance with the legal definition for local government and public office.
- Personnel who, in accordance with the law, exercise management functions at the Diputació de Tarragona.
- Local civil servants authorised at national level.
In order to clarify the application in the execution of the CBG with regard to public employees referred to in the same, we shall use the term “local public administrators”.
Prior to occupying a public position, political responsibility of executive function in the organisation, the CBG approved by the corporation must be signed.
Said definition does not exclude local public employees from fulfilling its aims, who, with regard to the same, shall be subject to the code of ethics and conduct contained in the regulations concerning public office, or suppliers of services to the local Administration and recipients of public funds.
Principles of good governance
Those subject to the CBG shall adapt the management of public interests and the execution of participative democracy to the effective execution of open governance and its principles of transparency, participation and collaboration, as a minimum within the terms of the current legislation, within a management approach oriented towards citizens and municipalities.
In order to achieve these aims, they must act in a manner that complies with the following principles and avoid any form of conduct to the contrary:
- They should fulfil out their duties in accordance with the Constitution, the Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia and all remaining statutory regulations, they should encourage respect for fundamental rights and public freedoms and adapt their activity to the ethical principles and conduct contained in the present Code of Good Local Governance.
- In the execution of governance duties, the principles of efficacy, economy, efficiency and satisfaction of general interest shall prevail, in addition to the rational and optimal use of public resources.
- The principle of impartiality must be observed, maintaining a stance that is independent and removed from any particular interest, ensuring equal treatment without discrimination of any kind in the exercise of their duties.
- They should execute public policies according to the principles of publicity, innovation, transparency and good service to citizens, defending the general interest and generating value with dedication to public service.
- They should respect the obligations inherent to their post and, in particular, the statutory regulations of incompatibilities and conflicts of interest, the duty towards honesty, good faith, secrecy and discretion with regard to data and reports they have knowledge of as a result of their posts.
- They should exercise the powers granted to them by the current legislation solely for the purpose for which they were granted and they should avoid any action which may endanger the public interest or assets of the administrations, refrain from becoming involved in situations, activities or interests that are not compatible with their duties, and refrain from matters involving any cause that may affect their objectivity.
- They should incorporate within their actions values such as the social inclusion of marginalised groups, tolerance and the promotion of diversity, the fight against climate change, the protection of the environment and the rational and sustainable use of land, while guaranteeing the principle of territorial equality and balance in the access to public services.
- They must observe budgetary and financial discipline in order to guarantee the optimal management of public resources.
- The exercise of local powers established by the regulatory framework and the associated management capacities must be executed according to the principles of providing optimal service to citizens, proximity and subsidiarity.
- They should promote the adoption of public administration models which align strategic resources and guarantee a results-oriented approach towards society, and at the same time generate value as the maximum guarantee of strengthening the public sector and its institutions and organisations.
- A commitment towards professional management and human resources as a key element of the correct functioning of the public Administration.
Standards of conduct for the improvement of local democracy
The democratic nature of the institution must be reflected in the conduct of its employees, who shall adapt the fulfilment of their public duties to the following lines of conduct:
1. They must, at all times, assume responsibility for their own decisions and conduct and those of the institutions they manage, without transferring this to their subordinates without objective grounds, and without prejudice to any others that are legally required.
- They should promote civic values and employ a respectful, measured and deferential tone in their interventions and in their dealings citizens.
- All members of the corporation, those in government and those in opposition, should base their actions on institutional loyalty, information and transparency, collaborating in the definition of strategic objectives and attempting to achieve consensus in the most significant issues.
- The taking of decisions must aim to satisfy the general interest and be based on objective considerations oriented towards the common interest and equal and non-discriminatory treatment.
- They must respond to citizens throughout their mandate, diligently attending to any information requests concerning the fulfilment of their duties, the reasons for their actions and the functioning of the services and departments they are responsible for.
- They must guarantee that the public administration has an approach that focuses on citizens, with a commitment to continuous improvement in the information, attention and services provided.
- They must promote the necessary instruments to guarantee transparency in the design of public policies and in their evaluation.
- They must promote the establishment of a receptive and accessible Administration, through the use of an administrative language that is clear and comprehensible to all, simplification, the elimination of bureaucratic hurdles, the speeding up of procedures, electronic access to services and improvements to the quality of rules and regulations.
- Elected posts must respect the will of citizens and act with political loyalty, undertaking to abide by the code of political conduct with regard to defection to local corporations.
- With regard to the transfers arising from the exercise of the duties inherent to the post, they must use the appropriate mode of transport in each case, taking into consideration at all times the needs of the corporation and the best option in terms of cost.
- They must allow the control and supervision actions carried out by the competent internal and external bodies, and shall refrain from impeding the execution of any supervision measure the main internal or external bodies may take with due justification and transparency.
- They must diligently reply to information requests made with regard to the fulfilment of their duties, and refrain from supply any confidential data or information subject to personal data protection, and at the same time coordinate measures that promote media coverage of the fulfilment of their duties and the functioning of services and departments they are responsible for.
- They must promote excellence in the Administration by executing the administrative task from the perspective of innovation and quality, together with the simplification and reduction of administrative barriers, guaranteeing the definitive implantation of digital Administration.
- They must promote the creation of control and monitoring instruments for public contracting in order to guarantee economic operators equal and non-discriminatory treatment and a procedure based on transparency, as well as the inclusion of social responsibility criteria in contracts.
Ethical commitments with regard to conflicts of interest
The fulfilment of public duties demands compliance with the law in terms of conflicts of interest, where the following commitments must be made:
- In the exercise of their discretional powers, they must refrain from offering any advantage to themselves or to any other person or group of persons for the purpose of obtaining a direct or indirect personal benefit.
- They shall refrain from participating in any deliberation, vote or execution in areas in which they hold a personal interest, direct or indirect.
- They shall not influence the speeding up or resolution of administrative procedures without just cause and under no circumstances where this benefits themselves or their environment, or is to the detriment of third party interests or the general interest.
- They shall not accept, receive or request, directly or via third parties, gifts that exceed the habitual, social or courtesy use from organisations or individuals and, under no circumstances, which exceed the sum of one hundred and fifty euros.
- They must reject all favours or services under advantageous conditions by physical persons or private organisations that may influence the fulfilment of their duties.
- With regard to the occupation of posts in the executive management bodies of political parties and trade union organisations, said activity shall not under any circumstance diminish or compromise the exercise of their duties.
System regarding incompatibility and payments
Due compliance with the regulatory demands imposed by the system regarding incompatibility and the payment structure shall fall within the following parameters:
- Members of the corporation must make, when taking possession or on cessation or the end of their mandate, declarations regarding any possible incompatibility and any activity which provides or may provide financial income.
- They must also submit a declaration of their assets and their holdings in companies of all types, with information on the companies in which they have a holding. These declarations, on the forms approved by the Plenary meeting of the Diputació de Tarragona, must be made prior to taking possession or on the cessation or end of the mandate, as well as whenever material circumstances change.
Declarations of the assets and activities presented by members of the Corporation referred to points 1 and 2 above, shall be published in the corporate Transparency Portal by scanning the forms submitted.
- They must avoid any conflict of interest with regard to the exercise of their public duties, and shall refrain from using their powers and institutional prerogatives to award themselves or any third parties any form of advantage, or engage in any form of private activity which, directly or indirectly, enters into conflict with the public interests under their responsibility.
- The exercise of executive duties in local government implies fulfilment of the limitations on the exercise of private activities established by the applicable legislation regulating conflicts of interest, for a period of two years after termination of the mandate or cessation.
- The system regarding exclusive and partial dedication, and other payments to local representatives, shall be established in full compliance with the limits established by the current legislation.
Governance and Administration: relations between elected posts and public employees
Relations between elected posts and public employees must comply with the ethical principles contained in the legislation governing transparency and public office, including: observing the Constitution and other regulations that make up the legal system, institutional loyalty, objectivity, integrity, neutrality, responsibility, impartiality, confidentiality, dedication to public service, transparency, exemplary conduct, austerity, accessibility, efficacy, honesty, promoting culture and the environment, and respecting human rights and gender equality.
All local civil servants must perform their duties in a lawful manner and in coordination with other public officials, politicians, experts and administrative employees. To guarantee the existence of a harmonious workplace, and the efficient provision of public services, channels should be made available to resolve any disputes or conflicts that may arise.
Relations between elected posts and public employees must be organised through the implementation of the necessary mechanisms to guarantee the possibility of dialogue.
Elected posts should promote training in the principles of integrity and guidance on the Code of Good Governance for all public employees.
This document was approved by the Ordinary Plenary Meeting of 27 November 2015 and amended by agreement of the Plenary Meeting of 29 January 2016.
Presidency of the Diputació de Tarragona
- Mr. Josep Poblet i Tous
Appointed Representative of the Citizen’s Assistance Service (SAC)
- Mr. Joan Olivella Ricart
Director of the Citizen’s Assistance Service (SAC)
- Pilar Casas Rom
Management and Conservation
- Rosa M. Ricomà Vallhonrat
Education and Diffusion Service
- M. Luisa Suárez Barral
- Nuria Serra Medina
- Juan Juncosa Baglietto
- Montserrat Palau Baiges
- M. Asunción López Iparraguirre
- Enric Hernández Sotorra
- Carles Martí Cantí
- Alfons Carles de Cal Grau
- Maurici Curieses Angles
- Ferran Burdeus Hervàs
Every year, the Museum receives History and Art History degree students from the Rovira i Virgili University