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Formentera works to improve law enforcement coordination in tackling illegal parties

foto 2022xii JLSToday the Formentera Local Security Board (Junta Local de Seguretat, JLS) convened for a session which was chaired by Ana Juan, president of the Consell de Formentera, and, via digital connection, Enrique Sánchez Navarrete, state director on Formentera. Josep Marí, councillor of interior; Alejandra Ferrer, vice-president (Gent per Formentera); Rafael Ramírez, social welfare councillor (PSOE), and Lorenzo Córdoba (Sa Unió) were also present, along with law enforcement officials like Félix Ramos, chief of Formentera Local Police; Manuel Hernández, chief commissioner of the National Police of Eivissa; Enrique Gómez Bastida, commander of the Civil Guard. Other attendees included a representative of the Balearic office of emergency and interior and other authorities.

President Juan said attendees discussed "the excellent coordination between the forces of law and order", asserting, "I believe that Formentera needs this coordination because by working together we pool efforts and the good results multiply". Juan said forthcoming sectoral meetings would focus on issues like house parties, parties in the nature reserve and the sale of alcohol to minors, "so that data can be pooled at the next JLS gathering, laying the groundwork for all relevant administrations to solve these problems in coordination." The president also stressed the importance of "stationing all Balearic ecological rangers on Formentera and ensuring the full crew is present". In summer 2022, only one of the three rangers that was due to patrol the reserve ultimately showed up for duty and, according to President Juan, "filling the staffing gap fell to us."

Participants agreed that other gatherings must be focused on improving coordination among the varying security forces. The idea, said Councillor Marí, is to "improve how we respond to illegal parties in the reserve and in private homes, which were among our biggest problems this summer, the goal being to discourage parties before they happen." The councillor added that more Maritime Civil Guard agents would be key to enforcing the required distance between anchored craft and beaches and patrolling anchorage on posidonia meadows and boat-based food and drinks sales. Such reinforcements, he said, could also take aim at other illegal activities in the reserve and along the coast of Formentera.

Members of the JLS also discussed collaboration since last year with the Red Cross to deliver basic necessities to migrants arriving on local shores. Today, the Red Cross is registered on Formentera and has volunteers, which means the Consell can oversee assignment of a space in the former Office of Social Welfare. So far this year roughly 460 immigrants have arrived on the island. Eighteen are unaccompanied minors under the custody of the local administration.

19 December 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Presenting 'Formentera Impulsa', a space for entrepreneurs and small business start-ups

foto 2022xii f impulsa AToday the Office of Entrepreneurship of the Consell de Formentera presented "Formentera Impulsa", a temporary space for new entrepreneurs, micro-enterprises and small businesses on the island. "Formentera Impulsa" is housed at the Casal d'Entitats, the former site of the Office of Social Welfare, and offers a set of services that make it easier for entrepreneurs to run their business in the early years.

Ana Juan, president and councillor of entrepreneurship of the Consell de Formentera, described the goal as "helping start-ups develop their activity, improving training and creating a space to share experiences and synergies". She cast the initiative as "support for those lacking a space to perform administrative work and for all those who need training, guidance and advice when starting a business".

"Formentera Impulsa" has a co-working room with six workstations, meeting room, reception and waiting area, toilets and car park. The Office of Local Development also has a training room on site that can be used based on availability and where entrepreneurs can take part in capacity building. At the Espai Empresarial, member enterprises will benefit from a reception service, access control, photocopies, online services, furniture, multipurpose room, fibre-optic connection and air conditioning. Businesses may use the Espai Empresarial for €50 a month.

Services and website
In addition, "Formentera Impulsa" offers a wide range of services, including a "Support Spot" (Punt d'Atenció a l'Emprenedor, PAE), for local entrepreneurs; employment and training resources like a direct link to and information on the Consell's partner programmes at the regional employment office (SOIB); resources on grants and subsidies for businesses and individuals, and programmes for local businesses.

Visit www.formenteraimpulsa.cat for access to "Formentera Impulsa" and updated information on all the services offered.

16 December 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Nineteen local police officers complete second round of basic training between Eivissa and Formentera, three to work on Formentera

foto 2022xii curs ebap policia localThe Office of Interior of the Consell de Formentera reports that today attestations of successful completion were delivered to 19 cadets in the 43rd class of the local police basic training imparted by the Balearic School of Public Administration (EBAP). Josep Marí, councillor of interior, congratulated the new officers on their achievement and pointed out that three of the students will now complete practicum on Formentera's local force.

This morning a graduation ceremony was held in the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) auditorium on Eivissa. Mercedes Garrido, Balearic minister of presidency, public function and equality, and Félix Ramos, chief of Formentera Local Police, were among the other authorities who attended the event. On 1 October 2008, exams were held in 26 municipalities to fill a total of 133 vacancies on local police forces. One of the positions is in Sant Antoni de Portmany, two are in Sant Josep de sa Talaia and three are on Formentera.

14 December 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

ITV service to close 27–30 Dec.

The Consell de Formentera reports that, during the Christmas holidays, the roadworthiness test site (Inspección Técnica de Vehículos, ITV) will be closed 27 to 30 December. 22 December will be the last day for scheduled appointments, with the following day reserved for second inspections and preparations for the yearly closure. The site will reopen 2 January.

14 December 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Four local shops lauded in Christmas Window Dressing Competition

foto 2022xii aparadorisme AToday the Chamber of Commerce and Consell de Formentera handed out prizes to winners of the 16th Christmas Window Dressing Contest celebrating island businesses that encourage and promote a festive Christmas atmosphere. Ana Juan, president and councillor of commerce, and Lina Tur and Lina Bustos, of the Chamber of Commerce, presented the following awards to the winning businesses:

Best Christmas atmosphere: Kentia Atelier.
Best window dressing: Formentera Report.
Originality: Isla Bonita Supermarket.
Ecocreativity: Pescadería Nuestra Señora del Carmen.

President Juan congratulated the winners and highlighted "the great imagination and creativity that went into decorating shop windows during the Christmas holidays". Juan also pointed up "the joint work between the local administration and merchants to continue improving and innovating a key sector for Formentera".

The jury included Amalia Mora, Sabina Mayoral, Lina Bustos and Santi Juan, department director for the Consell.

14 December 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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