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Second relief package unlocks nearly €483K to help local freelancers and SMEs weather Covid crisis

cartell 2021 ix ajudes AThe Consell de Formentera has announced a second, €482,896 funding package to help blunt the toll of Covid-19-related restrictions on local freelancers and small businesses. The call for applications posted today to the Balearic Official Gazette (BOIB) will bring total aid to €630,000 — a sum which local and regional authorities pledged to supply in equal parts.

To date 43 self-employed residents of Formentera and small businesses have benefited from the first round of assistance. That funding was announced in March and meant €130,000 in support, with the last applications for that aid still under review.

Consell de Formentera Vice-President Ana Juan remarked that the buy-in of hometown business owners and freelancers had been “key” and highlighted changes in terms aiming to make sure the money reaches “a maximum number of islanders”. For example, a broader array of professional activity will now be considered eligible for assistance: a fixed amount of relief will go to companies using the “objective estimation scheme” to report earnings as well as those created during the state of alert; no maximum current account balance applies in such cases, and declared profits may total €50,000, twice the previous €25,000 threshold. “We’re continuing to help an essential productive sector and our island’s biggest economic driver”, said the Vice-President.

Disbursements ranging from €1,500 to €7,000
Aid varies based on the nature of professional activity, period of time a business has been registered with regional revenue services, number of locations and how they pay taxes. Market vendors may receive €1,500 and owners of businesses with two locations can get as much as €7,000.

To be eligible, applicants must have their base of operations and pay taxes on Formentera and must have no outstanding debts with local government, or they must request deferral of payment for outstanding debts and that action must have received approval. Businesses’ average yearly workforce must not exceed ten employees; annual turnover mustn’t top €600,000, and profits must have remained below €50,000 in 2020, or turnover between 1 January 2020 and 31 May 2021 must have fallen at least 35% compared to 2019. In addition, loans issued by Spain’s Official Credit Institute (ICO) to support employment and mitigate economic fallout from the public health crisis will not be taken into account in calculating maximums.

20 working days to apply for aid online
To facilitate access and answer questions related to the assistance, the Consell de Formentera has put in place an information hotline at 971 32 10 87. Interested parties have until 16 September, or twenty working days from the day after publication in the BOIB, to apply for aid through the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC). Complete details and terms can also be viewed on the Consell de Formentera website.

19 August 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera unveils info-packed map of Es Pujols

foto 2021 mapa es pujolsBThe Formentera Office of Tourism has put together an information-enhanced map of the town of Es Pujols, an effort which the island’s president and tourism chief, Alejandra Ferrer, traced to area business owners and their push for a graphic display to highlight new developments like traffic flow changes and other information of interest to visitors.

The map gives prominence to the town’s major tourist draws, such as the dry docks, beach, waterfront promenade with market and Plaça d’Europa, where passersby can enjoy musical entertainment on many summer nights. Other sites of interest include the pharmacy, children’s play area and Tourist Info Point, where the maps will be distributed. They can also be found on the FOT website, www.formentera.es.

In addition to up-to-date general interest information, a special section points up traffic flow changes on Avinguda Miramar, from its junction with Carrer Espalmador to the water, and on Carrer Punta Prima, between Avinguda Miramar and Carrer Xaloc. Both arterials are reserved for pedestrians between 8.00pm and 7.00am.

President Ferrer said that local government hoped changes to the town’s layout would “deliver a boost to business activity and ensure both islanders and visitors can enjoy everything Es Pujols has to offer”.

17 August 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera to get shelter for at-risk under-12s

foto 2021 centre de diaThe Formentera Department of Social Welfare is working to secure a residential shelter for children under the age of 12 who are in unsafe situations. The 10-bed centre will be located beside the adult day care facility in Formentera’s medical services hub, and the project, coordinated by local government and scheduled for completion in three years, has already secured funding to the tune of €370,000, including €150,000 in EU funds for economic recovery.

Social welfare chief Rafael Ramírez said the future refuge would enable “improved care for island kids whose domestic settings are not safe”. Formentera currently has no live-in services for children in unsafe situations and relies on neighbouring islands’ facilities for help, with all the inconveniences that entails. Ramírez said the home would “put us in a position to give individualised and family care for our under-12 service beneficiaries, thus creating a better environment for mental and social care”.

About 30% of minors receiving FDSW services could use the home, meaning the facility marks a considerable improvement in quality of care, allowing at-risk minors to remain on the island and in their community.

Councillor Ramírez called the future shelter “a resource for vulnerable families”, insisting such vulnerability is a problem which “specifically affects the most frequent carers and parents: women”.

16 August 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Second weekend of expanded maritime patrols and special safety apparatus

foto 2021 inspeccions maritimesAThe Consell de Formentera reports that nine citations were issued yesterday as part of a special effort to curb passenger travel in Ses Salines Natural Reserve of Eivissa-Formentera which saw the local fisheries inspection service and Spanish coastal and maritime authorities conduct inspections of ten vessels.

Punitive measures will be sought in nine cases of unauthorised pickup and transport of people. Agents also checked of permits, documentation and skippers’ qualifications.

Environment and inspection services chief Antonio J. Sanz said more action would follow in the days ahead, and described the patrols as “key to tackling unlawful, environmentally destructive activity in the reserve”.

Consell de Formentera President Alejandra Ferrer praised the efforts of law enforcement and government agencies, whose strategy was the fruit of a one-off coordinating session on Wednesday 4 August which officials hoped would improve order in reserve waters and more broadly across the island.

As President Ferrer explained, “for the second weekend in a row, a special police presence spanning Formentera Local Police, Civil Guard, Balearic Emergency Response Service and the Formentera Departments of Inspections, Environment and Mobility will be on the lookout for crowds, street vending, parties in natural spaces and at homes and other violations of Covid restrictions which risk jeopardising the wellbeing of islanders and visitors”, said Alejandra Ferrer.

13 August 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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