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Consell de Formentera and Govern balear create €440K line of support for local freelancers

The Formentera Department of Economy and Taxes has joined forces with the regional government in Palma to open up lines of support for the island’s productive sector, which department chief Bartomeu Escandell described as “uniquely reliant on self-employed workers—a group that has faced, and continues to face, immense hardship in the economic crisis following Covid-19”.

Four-hundred forty thousand—a quarter of a million from the Consell, €190,000 from the Govern—will go to support Formentera’s freelancers. Of the 1,460 local professionals with “autonomous worker” (autònom) status, 1,100 are registered year-round and the remainder only temporarily. “We’re extremely pleased that the two administrations were able to come together at this critical juncture in support of this particular group”, said Escandell. In the Balearics, local and regional authorities have together promised more than €15 million for a group numbering between eight and ten thousand.

The assistance will be calculated as follows:

1. Two thousand euros for applicants without staff on payroll. Seasonal freelancers will receive €2,500.

2. Two thousand five-hundred euros for applicants with fewer than 3 staff on payroll. Seasonal freelancers will receive €3,000.

3. Three thousand euros for applicants with three or more staff on payroll. Seasonal freelancers will receive €3,500.

Professionals must figure in one of the following categories to be eligible:

a) Individuals who, as a result of emergency orders in the wake of Covid-19, were forced to cease professional activity or reduce it by at least 75% (compared to 2019 figures).

b) Individuals furloughed for force majeur or economic and productive reasons.

c) Seasonal freelancers not included in a) or b) but directly or indirectly affected by Royal Decree 463/2020, later modified by Royal Decree 465/2020.

To apply:

The online application can be completed on the “Ajuts per reiniciar o continuar l’activitat dels autònoms afectats directament per la Covid-19” section of the Govern de les Illes Balears website. Details and a link to the application will be available on the website of the regional office of economic promotion, entrepreneurship and social and circular economy (http://dgpe.caib.es).

The Consell will also offer an information service for self-employed Formentera residents. It can be reached by phoning 971 321 087.

28 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera increases 2020 funding for Formenterers Solidaris ten-fold

Following the efforts of a government committee, the Consell de Formentera green-lighted €30,000 for the local association Formenterers Solidaris. Made possible by a collaborative agreement between the two parties and happening in coordination with the Formentera Department of Social Welfare, the assistance will go to food packages for vulnerable families and individuals on the island.

Alejandra Ferrer pointed out the figures marked a ten-fold uptick compared to other years (in 2019 funding for the group totalled €3,000), explaining the increase was about “supporting the group’s efforts to extend a helping hand to some of Formentera’s most at-risk—work that is now, in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, more important than ever”.

After emergency orders aimed at tackling the coronavirus public health crisis and in light of the significant toll the situation has already taken on the economy, particularly local families, urgent coordinated action to address social needs is crucial.

Formenterers Solidaris is the only locally-based non-profit group devoted to helping Formentera residents facing poverty and other social hardships. Operating chiefly thanks to donations, the group works to connect underprivileged Formentera people and families with food and clothes, namely through the food bank initiative, El Banc d’Aliments. Care packages include essential, non-perishable goods and things like baby formula and nappies.

28 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell unlocks €30K in funding for old persons’ group in La Mola

foto 2020 conveni majors la molaAlejandra Ferrer, chief of the local government, and Jaume Escandell, president of the Associació de Majors del Pilar, put their signatures on a pact granting the seniors’ group temporary use of parts of La Mola’s Casa del Poble and funding for upkeep and operations, including efforts to encourage association- and community-based activities on Formentera in 2020. The island’s deputy chief of government and head of the Department of the Elderly, Ana Juan, was also present at the signing.

Under the deal, the Consell de Formentera pledges €30,000 to support the group’s activities and cover costs. The agreement also means the Associació de Majors promises to host pro bono events at least once a week, except in summertime, oversee access to the Casa del Poble computer lab, and generally enliven the social dynamics of El Pilar de la Mola—often referred to simply as La Mola.

The Consell de Formentera can also use the Casa del Poble for local events, and the Associació de Majors agrees to assist in logistical support and oversee the opening and closing of facilities.

28 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

De-escalation: another 3 cultural spaces open on Formentera

foto 2020 c.biblio oberturaThe Formentera Department of Culture is reopening three more cultural centres between today and Monday 1 June. The Marià Villangómez library and La Mola’s Casa del Poble both open their doors tomorrow (Thursday 28 May) and the municipal exhibition space (Sala d’Exposicions ‘Ajuntament Vell’) is scheduled to open Monday 1 June. Visitors will notice reductions in capacity at the spaces and Covid-19 safety protocol in place.

Biblioteca Marià Villangómez, open again
The library will open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4.30pm to 7.30pm and Wednesday/Friday from 10.30am to 1.30pm

-Printing service
Library users can perform copy and print jobs by appointment—or cita prèvia—which can be requested by sending an email to reprografia@conselldeformentera.cat. Be sure to attach the document to be printed and to specify the number of copies and whether you wish to have them in black and white or colour.

Eight consultation stations will be set up for 20-minute sessions. All consulted material will be kept in quarantine for 14 days.

-Computer lab
Four computers will be made available for 20-minute turns, only in afternoons. An appointment is recommended (reprografia@conselldeformentera.cat).

Visitors to the library must maintain a two-metre distance between each other and library personnel. Hands must be sanitised and a mask must be worn, and use of gloves is recommended.

Both the children’s space and library collections will remain closed to the public. Donations, inter-library lending and in-person cultural activities are all temporarily suspended as well. The Sant Ferran library connection remains closed too.

Lending service, which began 14 May, continues by appointment (biblioteca@conselldeformentera.cat; 971 32 33 86 [4.30pm-7.30pm, Monday-Friday]). Inquiries regarding library holdings and the rest of the catalogue can be made at www.cabib.uib.es. Questions about bibliographical information and the lending service can also be directed at the front desk.

The returns box is operational during library hours. All returned material is held in 14-day quarantine before being reincorporated into the catalogue.

Casa del Poble, La Mola
When La Mola’s Casa del Poble reopens tomorrow (Thursday), visitors will find the satellite library (punt de lectura), computer lab and bar-cafeteria, all operated in line with safety and hygiene protocol. Hours are Monday to Friday, 6.00pm to 9.00pm. Seniors’ club gatherings are not yet permitted.

-Satellite library
Material can be checked out and dropped off by appointment only. Contact casadelpobledelamola@gmail.com.

-Computer lab
Five computers can be used by appointment (casadelpobledelamola@gmail.com).

The interior and terrace can accommodate half of normal capacity if distance and other safety protocol are observed.
Minimum two metres between tables or table groups.
No more than 15 per table or table group.

-Multipurpose room
To remain below 30% normal capacity, cultural events may be attended by no more than 12 individuals, seated two metres apart.

Sala d’Exposicions ‘Ajuntament Vell’
Opening doors anew on Monday 1 June, the municipal gallery welcomes a fresh exhibition from Mar Ample titled “L’ombra del temps”. The artist presents a series of oversize paper creations where the true stars of the show are the white of the paper and the shadows traced by light.

Visiting hours are 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm. The gallery is closed Sundays and Monday mornings, and the show ends Saturday 13 June.

Safety and hygiene protocol will be in effect at the Sala d’Exposicions and maximum capacity is set at five. Visits will be individual (not limited to individual persons, but individual groups of up to six). Larger group visits are not allowed. Visitors must wait and maintain physical distancing outside the gallery until notified it is time to enter. Visits will be conducted in one direction only, respecting the established entry and exit points.

Safety protocol at Casa del Poble and Sala d’Exposicions
Masks must be worn whenever the safe two-metre distance between individuals cannot be respected. Hand sanitiser will be available.

28 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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