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First official meeting between Ana Juan and Francina Armengol

foto 2021 juan armengolAConsell de Formentera President Ana Juan sat down today at the Consolat de Mar with the First Minister of the Balearic Government, Francina Armengol, in the two premiers' first official meeting. President Juan spoke to the Balearic First Minister about the issues that are "critical if Formentera is to develop the policies and government agreements that are on the docket this legislature".

The island's top official began by underscoring "keen coordination" with the regional administration and "total willingness" by the Balearic president "to get things done and launch initiatives" that concern the people of Formentera in mobility, healthcare, the port in La Savina, the environment and more.

On mobility, Juan remarked on the "urgent need" for a scheduling solution for early-bird and late-night connections to Eivissa, as well as the importance of "pushing forward the decree on maritime transport".

Juan also seized the opportunity to speak to the Balearic premier about tackling problems at La Savina port with a big-picture fix and across-the-board commitment from the responsible government agencies. She insisted that the guiding principle would be "Formentera decides how the port is used", and stressed that islanders want "a port for people, with room for public-use moorings, private boats and a dry marina".

061 base

On healthcare, the two premiers brought up permanent facilities for 061 emergency services, and a local option for islanders who require kidney dialysis, a project for which a contract will soon be awarded. President Juan insisted that local dispatching operations for the emergency call service must be a reality as soon as possible, and First Minister Armengol put the start of works to equip Formentera with a 061 base in 2022.

The new base is expected to have three teams, which can be expanded as needed. The project will involve an investment of €1.9 million euros from the Balearic health service, IB-SALUT. Each shift will be assured by a team of seven on-duty staff and five staff on-call, and the building will have four parking spaces for service operator vehicles.

Regulated moorage

On the environment, Juan proposed impetus be given to regulated moorage across the island, a plea which has already been articulated on numerous occasions by both the local plenary and regional parliament. The President also pointed up builds of facilities to handle construction waste and composting, "and pushing forward green energy policies to decarbonise Es Ca Marí substation".

Juan also insisted on "the need to speed up the Formentera Museum project", a project whose directive plan is already complete. The two officials also addressed issues such as the regional administration's draft budget for 2022, including €9 million for Formentera's government (one million more than 2021), as well as the state of play on planned public housing in Sant Ferran. They likewise took stock of initiatives that have garnered support locally since 2015, like the law which allows for limitations on in-bound vehicle traffic, together the town of Sant Ferran's new educational complex, which opened in September.

12 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Antoni Tur takes office as councillor of Consell de Formentera

foto 2021 toni xicaLocal government held a one-off plenary session today in which Antoni Tur Serra, from the Socialist Workers' Party of the Balearic Islands and Spain (PSIB-PSOE) took over for Councillor Antonio J. Sanz. Antoni Tur, who will helm the local offices of environment and inspection services underscored his "satisfaction and enthusiasm" as he assumed a position "of great responsibility and [prepared] to work with cabinet councillors". Tur applauded the efforts of his predecessor and pledged to keep pushing forward "cross-cutting initiatives" like the island's new waste contract, regulation at S'Estany des Peix and the energy transition.

On behalf of the cabinet, President Ana Juan wished Councillor Tur the best of luck in their joint efforts ahead.

10 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Govern recognises pandemic efforts of Formentera and Eivissa's local police forces

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Councillor of Interior Josep Marí, Chief of Formentera Local Police Félix Ramos and Police Liaison Officer Pilar Daviu visited the Eivissa campus of the University of the Balearic Islands for an award ceremony hosted by the Institute of Public Security of the Balearic Islands (Institut de Seguretat Pùblica de les Illes Balears/ISPIB), a division of the Directorate General of Emergencies and Interior.

Special honours were awarded to the Consell de Formentera and to the town councils of Eivissa, Sant Antoni de Portmany, Santa Eulària des Riu and Sant Josep de sa Talaia; two certificates of public acknowledgement for outstanding efforts and more than ten years of service went to liaison officers in the towns of Eivissa and Sant Josep, and special mention was received by the territorial coordinator of the Eivissa Local Police Department's Road Education programme, Alberto Serrano.

Eleven distinctions highlighted the work of Pine Islands local police for their dedication to the programmes which the ISPIB coordinates, particularly during the pandemic. Councillor Marí wished to “congratulate Officers Daviu and Serrano for their achievements and the accolades received, as well as our island's entire force for their extra efforts in times which the pandemic made particularly trying”.

The Director General of Emergencies and Interior, Jaume Barceló, underscored the officers' vocation for public service, especially during the pandemic, and said that “from the moment COVID-19 pushed us to activate the Territorial Civil Protection Plan, our local departments have been key to controlling the pandemic through patrols and enforcement of measures to mitigate the effects of the disease and stop its spread”.

4 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera's lifeguard service takes look back at 2021 season

foto 2021 socorristesAThe Formentera Office of Interior reports that last Sunday 31 October marked the end of the 2021 season for the island's beach lifeguard and rescue service. Staff dispensed medical care on 1,200 occasions, 15 of which involved individuals who required transport to the hospital for further care, and 68 of which involved rescues. The service also logged treatment for 632 jellyfish and sea urchin stings.

The lifeguard season stretches from 1 May to 31 October, with a full staff of 23. Councillor of Interior Josep Marí praised the crew's dedication during the second summer of COVID-19 and for helping keep local beaches safe.

Specially equipped, cardio-protected beaches

The beaches of Es Arenals and Es Pujols are specially equipped so people with reduced mobility can swim there. This year 18 individuals used the service.

4 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

5 Formentera families recognised as victims of Francoism

foto 2021 memoria democraticaFive local families had their status as victims of Francoism certified yesterday in a public act of recognition hosted by the regional Directorate General of Democratic Memory at the Palau de Congressos in Palma. Balearic legislation on democratic memory and recognition enshrines the right of victims of the Spanish Civil War and the Franco dictatorship to reparation and acknowledgment, and designates 29 October as a symbolic date of remembrance and vindication of democratic values and the struggle for freedom.

Consell de Formentera President Ana Juan and Councillor of Heritage Raquel Guasch attended as well and accompanied the families of the honorees, Francesc Verdera Castelló, Marià Torres Torres, Vicent Ribas Marí, Josep Ribas Marí and Jaume Ferrer Ferrer. The five individuals are among the victims of Franco's repression and barbarism. In total, 15 islanders are expected to receive the certificate of recognition.

President Juan said a petition from the island's government was behind the decision to offer an additional, more intimate ceremony to families who were unable to travel to Palma to collect the certificate. She underscored "the debt that our society owes these people" and insisted that to restore dignity to how they are remembered today was "only fair": "That's why these tributes are so necessary and we must carry forward this work of the local and regional administrations".

Victims of Formentera

Francesc Verdera and Marià Torres were killed at Pedrera d'en Coix, a local quarry, on 20 November 1936; Vicent Ribas died at Menorca's Castell d'Illetes on 15 October 1938 and the remains of Josep Ribas and Jaume Ferrer rest at the cemetery in Sant Francesc.

"29 October, A Day of Remembrance" consisted of a tribute to more than a hundred families of victims of Franco's regime in the Balearic Islands, who were presented with a document attesting to their experience. The Secretariat for Productive Sectors and Democratic Memory started distributing the certificates this legislative term with the aim of recognising the grave injustice endured by victims and their families.

30 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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