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Alejandra Ferrer calls for environment and social policies to be at centre of work of administrations

cursa-constitucio--pj1Earlier today at the head offices of the Consell de Formentera, President Alejandra Ferrer spoke to islanders gathered for the 41st anniversary of the Spanish Constitution.

Ferrer highlighted progress and growing participation among islanders, saying they “want to be a part of the political decision-making process on their island. Young people, too, want to be part of it”. She described a future that was “sustainable, where the rights of the child are paramount, where parents can balance work and family, but above all, a future where our children have the chance to enjoy the planet as we’ve been able to”, reasoning: “This is why environmental and social policies must anchor efforts at every level of government”.

Dedicated senator
Underscoring the current need for certain constitutional reforms, Ferrer held up one move in particular which she described as “vital” for Formentera: “the modification of article 69.3, recognising Formentera residents’ right to elect their own senator”. That petition, part of a long-standing appeal, was put before the Spanish congress on 2 November 2018. As Ferrer pointed out, however, the request has been held up since the start of the current legislative term. “So it’s time to make our voices heard about this most basic of rights”, she said, calling such a change “a new stage in the evolution of Formentera’s autonomy, and one that will put an end to uneven national representation between the islands”.

Ferrer closed by insisting that Formentera in particular, and the entire Balearic region in general, “is waiting for recognition of and compensation for our circumstances as an island society”. She called for “a coordinated and efficient effort to meet our diverse needs while respecting the framework of rights and freedoms like the one we celebrate today”, she said.

Musical performance
At the event’s close, Clara Escandell and Jaume Ramírez, two students in the workshop on traditional music at the Formentera School of Music and Dance, performed the songs “Sa Curta”, “Sa Calera” and “Pàgines Enrere”.


6 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera youth celebrate Christmas holidays

foto xii019 casal 2The youth office of the Consell de Formentera unveiled details today about the Casal de Joves’ December programming calendar. Starting things off at 5.00pm this Saturday, 7 December, is a calisthenics strength-building circuit and demonstration by Lenny Muller.

The Casal will host its Wednesday movie night on 11 December. Film fans are welcome to come cosy up on the couch and make themselves at home. Popcorn will be served. At 6.00pm on Thursday and Friday, the holiday programme already well under way, the Casal will be the scene of two Christmas decoration workshops. Head of the youth department Vanessa Parellada said this year’s programme was about giving “the young people of Formentera more options for enjoying these important holidays”.

Youth and holidays
Youngsters will be treated to a visit from the royal pages at schools Wednesday and Thursday, 18-19 December. A day later, Fridays for Future marches resume and so does the 4.00pm street dance demonstration in Sant Francesc’s Plaça de la Constitució. On Saturday, 28 December, the Casal hosts a 6.00pm cooking workshop on buckwheat crêpes and homemade cacao cream.

Diverespai
Geared towards children and teens, Diverespai’s mix of activities and bouncy toys has its yearly run in the Marc Ferrer High School gymnasium Saturday 14 December to Wednesday 18 December.

Diverespai will be open from 9.30am to 1.30pm and again from 4.00pm to 8.00pm (except on Wednesday, when closing time is 7.00pm). “We hope it’s a hit”, said Consellera Parellada. “For a lot of kids on the island, Diverespai is the part of Christmas they’re most excited about”.

5 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera plays host to first gathering of commission on water this legislative term

foto-juntaaiguesjpThe environment and rural offices of the Consell de Formentera report that this afternoon, following a call from the Balearic government, members of the Island Waters Junta (Junta Insular d'Aigües) met for their first gathering of the legislative term.

Regional environment and territory minister, Miquel Mir, and the director-general of water resources, Joana Garau, chaired the meeting, which also saw the attendance of local environment and rural councillors Antonio J Sanz and Josep Marí as well as representatives from environmental groups, farmers and users of local irrigation and urban water grids.

Garau gave attendees an overview of the first part of a modified Balearic Water Plan (PHIB) for 2021-2027. Minister Garau pointed out that the document is currently available for public viewing, and encouraged administrations, industry actors and regular islanders to review it.

“Responsibility here cuts across the different administrations that are involved” said Garau, “and we can’t just be talking about the quantity of dessalinated water on each island —and Formentera’s no isolated case— but whether we can be storing it to satisfy local water needs throughout the year”.

For his part, Conseller Sanz said he hoped the gathering would facilitate discussion around “issues at both the dessalination plant and irrigation pond, so our two sister administrations can get to work finding solutions”.


4 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Athletics and skating at 41st John Tunks Memorial Mini-Marathon this Friday

sortida-cursa1The Formentera sports department reports that the 41st John Tunks Memorial Mini-Marathon will be held this Friday, 6 December, at 10.30am. Organised by Espalmador Sport Group and the Consell de Formentera, the trial consists of two events: athletics and skating. The athletics portion —one of the longest-running in the archipelago— appears in the Athletics Federation of the Balearic Islands’ (FAIB) calendar of sporting events.

While there is a limit on the number of entries that can be accepted, the trials are open to all.

Start times are as follows:
-10.30am (John Tunks Memorial Mini-Marathon; 12K run with corresponding 12K categories)
-10.40am (Skating race, single category)
-Approx. 11.10am (Skaters under 16; Sant Ferran to Sant Francesc)

Roughly 80 individuals have signed up to date, and registration can also be completed on site, at Plaça de la Constitució in Sant Francesc, until 9.30am the day of the event. Signups are free for individuals under SUB 18.

Participants from outside the island will have access to a free shuttle service from La Savina harbour to the starting line in Sant Francesc and back to La Savina.

Roads will be closed to vehicle traffic wherever events take place. The following stretches of road will be closed from 10.30am to 12.30pm: PM 820 between La Savina (PM 820-2 juncture), Sant Francesc and Sant Ferran (first roundabout), and PM 820-2 La Savina-Es Pujols-Sant Ferran.

4 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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