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Formentera gives gold medal to experts and exponents of traditional craft techniques

foto 2022 fsj3- Teresa Matilla and Miquel Ángel Riera celebrated as island's honorary children
- Tur Ferrer Bookshop, Can Platé and Marià Castelló honoured with Sant Jaume Awards

Tonight, at Jardín de ses Eres, Formentera held the jewel in the crown of local patron saint festivities and celebrated recipients of the island's gold medal, Sant Jaume Awards and "Adoptive Children" distinction. Ana Juan, president of the Consell, gave the gold medal to the experts and exponents of Formentera's traditional craft techniques, represented by ten experts of fishing, esparto grass, charcoal, spinning, sewing and other traditional crafts. The Sant Jaume Awards were awarded to the Tur Ferrer Bookshop, Can Platé and the architect Marià Castelló. Teresa Matilla and Miquel Ángel Riera were named "Adoptive Children" (Fills Adoptius).

Fills Adoptius
The event was emceed by Andreu Ferrer, the acting local justice of the peace, and began with the celebration of Formentera's Fills Adoptius. Teresa Matilla was heralded as the island's honourary daughter in recognition of her years-long career on the island as a disseminator of painting. She has helped countless islanders develop their imagination and creativity and embodied a commitment to participation in local causes. For his part, Miquel Ángel Riera was recognised for over 14 years as priest of Sant Francesc Xavier and Pilar de la Mola parishes. The award also celebrates Riera's commitment to youth associations, needy families and social support.

Sant Jaume Awards
The Sant Jaume Award was awarded to Tur Ferrer Bookshop as the island's forerunning bookstore and stationery shop. After more than six decades, this unique family-run establishment in the heart of Sant Francesc is still about face-to-face and friendly service. Can Platé also received the Sant Jaume Award in recognition of the fact that, exactly one hundred years ago, Joan Ferrer Castelló began the family operation known today as Fonda Platé. The third and fourth generations remain at the helm as this touchstone of local tourism continues striving for excellence. The architect Marià Castelló Martínez received the Sant Jaume Award for the originality of his work; his unique architectural language; his remarkable respect for the island's cultural heritage, and his acclaimed and award-winning contribution to contemporary architecture.

Medalla d'Or
In 2022, Formentera's Gold Medal (Medalla d'Or) went to repositories and exponents of traditional craft techniques of the island. Ten representatives of varying techniques were present on stage and also received a diploma: Francisco Torres Costa, a veteran of mill operations; Esperanza Guasch and Catalina Tur Castelló, seamstresses; Maria Ferrer Verdera, a connoisseur of traditional fishing tackle; Vicent Verdera Juan and Rita Costa Ferrer, experts of techniques in esparto grass; Maria Mayans Juan, a spinner; Ramon Mayans Colomar and Francisco Torres Riera, master shipwrights; and Bartomeu Tur Escandell, an expert in silos.

Marià Castelló expressed his gratitude on behalf of all awardees.

Ana Juan congratulated award winners and described them as "dedicated and with a demonstrated commitment to improving our local society". The president added: "We want an open, supportive and welcoming Formentera that lives in balance and offers opportunities for everyone. We have the tools and –as today's honorees demonstrate– the people to achieve this".

The event also featured musical performances by pianist Mar Moreno and Pilar Mena, accompanied by Rosa Mouriño and Andreu Coll.

The celebration was attended by Francina Armengol, president of the Balearic Government; Vicenç Thomas, president of the Parliament of the Balearic Islands; Josep Marí and Mercedes Garrido, regional ministers; Vicent Ribas, bishop of Eivissa and Formentera; Enrique Sanchez, central government envoy on Eivissa and Formentera; Antonio J. Sanz, Formentera's representative in parliament; local councillors and more.

24 July 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Special night bus service for late-night concerts of Festes de Sant Jaume

On 24 and 25 July, Sunday and Monday, special bus service will be available for the Festes de Sant Jaume late-night concerts. Please see timetables on the poster below.

Special fare: € 4 one-way, € 6 round trip

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Unanimity around 16 proposals adopted in second session of Formentera debate

foto 2022vii debat estat IIToday the Consell de Formentera held the second session of discussion on the state of Formentera, which brought cross-party approval for the 12 proposals submitted by the Gent per Formentera (GxF) and Socialist (PSOE) cabinet. From the Sa Unió side, two proposals were presented jointly with cabinet proposals: one on expansion of Marc Ferrer Secondary School (IES Marc Ferrer) and another involving a plan to implement and promote renewable energies. Of the remaining ten proposals tabled by the opposition, five secured backing. All told, 17 of the 22 proposals submitted were adopted, 16 of them unanimously.

Proposals from the cabinet: GxF/PSIB-PSOE

Port of La Savina
Members of the plenary voted to "urge the Balearic Port Authority to reconfigure how maritime spaces are used in La Savina harbour and create 'social' mooring points, areas for rental boats and a dry marina to match local needs and the island's carrying capacity", as explained Rafael González, councillor of mobility. "The aim is to ensure that locals have guaranteed access to the sea from the port of La Savina and that companies can develop their activity", added the councillor.

Mollet des Caló
Councillors also called on the Balearic coastal authority, Demarcació de Costes, to "urgently rehabilitate the Mollet des Caló pier in Es Caló, preserving its structure and uses to ensure safety and safeguard the town's identity". Pointing out that related requests date back to 2016, Josep Marí, councillor of infrastructure, defended the proposal and asserted, "This is a fair request on the part of Es Caló residents, and it must be executed urgently".

Moorage points
The Consell will also ask the Balearic Government to develop regulatory and management schemes for moorage points along Formentera's coast, assessing Formentera's coastal carrying capacity and authorised areas under the new Natura 2000 management plan. Antoni Tur, councillor of environment, defended the proposal, underscoring importance of controlling "the proliferation of boats on our coastline and the negative effects on natural assets like posidonia".

Expansion of IES Marc Ferrer
Likewise, a joint proposal was presented by the cabinet and Sa Unió to "urge the Balearic Government to urgently complete and execute plans to expand IES Marc Ferrer, the only high school on Formentera, for which funding has been set aside in the general budget of the Autonomous Community of the Balearic Islands (CAIB)". Susana Labrador, councillor of education, pointed out that IES Marc Ferrer had yet to undergo expansion despite amendments to the CAIB budget in recent years that included money for just such a change. "We will therefore continue to insist on it. This is about fulfilling needs at the island's only secondary school", she said.

Councillors also called on the Balearic Government to retrofit the Sa Senieta building and turn it into a museum. According to Raquel Guasch, councillor of heritage, "after the steps taken by the Consell this legislature, and given we are about to formalise plans to retrofit Can Ramon and turn it into a museum, it is important today that we move forward and reactivate plans for Sa Senieta".

Regulating tourism
As part of a proposal which was defended by Alejandra Ferrer, vice president and councillor of tourism, plenary members called on the Consell de Formentera to work together with the tourism sector and business groups to tailor various tourism regulations to legislation on circularity and the specific characteristics of the island. Ferrer said regulations on sustainability and circularity adopted in recent years affect tourism companies and owners of tourist accommodations, and "this proposal aims to create a single final document containing distinct measures and instruments to help the sector adapt to the circularity that is so necessary and which colours the decision-making process of visitors as they select a destination", she explained.

Energy policy
With another joint proposal which garnered cross-party support, decision-makers urged the Consell to develop the Action Plan for Climate and Sustainable Energy (PACES) with funds from the Plan for Recovery, Transformation and Resilience as well as a plan to implement and promote renewable energy on Formentera. Bartomeu Escandell, councillor of finance, explained that "EU funding is a good tool to finance the various plans for sustainability, implementation of renewable energy and decarbonisation of mobility on our island and we must take advantage of it".

Third Plan for Children and Youth
Vanessa Parellada, councillor of youth, presented a proposal to urge the Consell de Formentera to develop the third Plan for Formentera Children and Youth. "The second plan ends in 2022, so we must develop a new local document with proposals to shape a present and future for children, who are themselves full-fledged citizens. This document will guide creation of comprehensive local policy which is driven by children's best interests, meets emerging challenges head on and focuses on 12- to 18-year-olds", she said.

Social Services regulations
Councillors also green-lighted a proposal presented by Rafael Ramírez, councillor of social welfare, to draft and endorse a regulation of the portfolio of social services. "This key document will help improve the coordination and efficiency of the administration and recognises citizens' subjective rights in terms of social services", he explained, "It is a complex document, but essential to manage social services on this island".

Primary sector
Plenary councillors came together once again to encourage continued work by the Consell de Formentera to find new ways to support the professional primary sector, maintain benefits for it, and improve how local produce is promoted and distributed. Josep Marí, councillor of rural affairs, described "continuing to strengthen and support the rural sector with aid" as a priority. "We give aid to the Cooperativa del Camp and groups in the sector because they are its backbone", he said, "We have also taken out grants for small farmers and ranchers, so that we can enhance Formentera's primary sector together. We intend to keep doing this and we will look for improvements so that local products reach consumers".

Council of Sports
Plenary representatives agreed to create a Council of Sports (Consell d'Esports), a space that, according to Paula Ferrer, councillor of sport, "will bring us closer to enhancing sports and physical activity on the island". The Consell d'Esports should be a "space for dynamic and proactive discussion which is open to clubs, associations and all those who want to participate in promoting sports and improving sports services and public facilities", added the councillor.

Council of the Elderly
Ana Juan, president of the Consell de Formentera and councillor for the elderly, tabled a proposal to create a participatory council for seniors (Consell de Participació de la Gent Major). The motion received the support of all political groups. "We need to open a forum, a space where our elders can participate and contribute, where their concerns and opinions are gathered. As I said on Monday, our elderly are a source of wisdom and the keepers of Formentera's true legacy, and we must listen to them", said the president.

Sa Unió de Formentera (PP-Compromís)

- Sa Unió's proposal regarding the Formentera Municipal Conservatory of Music and Dance was defeated and, overcoming opposition abstention, the cabinet adopted a compromise urging the Ministry of Education, University and Research and the Consell de Formentera to keep working together to find an integrated solution to the formal and informal supply of elementary and professional music and dance classes.

- Following modifications to the original proposal, councillors agreed to urge the regional and central administrations to continue improving administrative services in their remit by increasing on-site options on Formentera and helping residents avoid unnecessary travel to Eivissa.

- Under another unanimously endorsed Sa Unió proposal that ultimately included modifications to the original text, councillors urged the Consell de Formentera to continue increasing the amount of financial aid to compensate "double and triple insularity" for students who study off of Formentera whilst focusing particular attention on lower incomes. Councillors likewise reiterated calls on the regional and central government to ensure that grants reflect the triple insularity Formentera residents face, the opportunities enjoyed by everyone are equal and built-in extra costs can be offset.

- Under another Sa Unió proposal which earned unanimous approval following modifications, plenary members urged the Consell de Formentera to continue working with homeowners to develop infrastructure improvements in tourist and urban areas of Es Copinar, Es Ca Marí, Ses Bardetes, and Sa Roqueta.

- Finally, under another modified proposal from Sa Unió representatives which ultimately secured cross-party support, the Consell de Formentera is urged to modify Local Land Plan (Pla Territorial Insular, PTI) to make it easier for farmers and ranchers to develop projects linked to the primary sector.

14 July 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Consell asks APB to enumerate excursion arrivals in port and repair bike path and promenade

The Consell de Formentera has asked the Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (Autoritat Portuària de les Illes Balears, APB) to detail the changes attending the transfer of maritime excursions to the new pier adjacent the passenger terminal and to indicate how many single-day excursions arrive at the port of La Savina. "We have said this many times already and insist once again", said Ana Juan, "the arrival of maritime excursions must be regulated". The Consell president additionally asked Francesc Antich, president of the APB, for explanations about the capture of ship's grey water inside the port.

On Monday, President Juan sent a letter to Ignacio Revilla, chief of the APB's Eivissa-La Savina office, requesting "urgent action on the harbour promenade, where numerous flaws on the cycling path and roadway render normal circulation difficult".

Also, President Juan asked to be briefed on the projected completion of work to equip the new Formentera Fishermen's Guild with electrical connections. The APB has pledged that work will be completed by 15 July.

13 July 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Minute of silence

foto 2022 minut silenci

Photograph taken during Formentera's moment of silence, 13 July, on the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Miguel Ángel Blanco by members of the ETA terrorist group. The Consell de Formentera organised the gathering in response to a call from the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) to pay tribute to and commemorate all victims of terrorism.


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