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Formentera local police write 257 citations for itinerant vending

venda-ambulant-foto2pd1Formentera’s Department of Interior reports the island's law enforcement force logged 257 citations for itinerant sales in summer 2019. The figure is a new high, 142 more than last year’s total of 115.

Interior conseller and director of the local police Josep Marí thanked law enforcement officers, whose achievements, according to Marí, include “responding to the appeals of local businesses by putting together a more targeted plan to tackle the unfair competition” that itinerant vending represents. Marí added that peddlers on beaches are “at odds with the image of tranquility our visitors came here for”.

Operations and confiscated material
From June to September agents wrote 257 citations and confiscated an array of material including 2,667 pieces of fruit, 481 drinks, 1,319 pieces of clothing and 850 pieces of costume jewellery. The island’s department of trade is responsible for processing the offences and initiating charges in each case.

Marí also saluted representatives of Formentera’s small and medium-sized business group, PIMEF, for the additional support they offered, “helping to constantly pinpoint areas of itinerant selling” and “keeping direct contact with Formentera’s interior and trade offices to combat this problem together”.

Other infractions
Charges will also be brought against 37 vendors for illegal possession of a knife, not to mention against eight vendors for trespassing on protected dunes. Trespassing charges are overseen by the natural spaces and biodiversity section of the Balearic ministry of environment and territory.

Most of the confiscated material came from near Ses Illetes beach, although operations also focused on beaches like Migjorn, Es Caló.

14 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Fresh round of courses offering extra help for pupils new to language

cartell2-1-The immigration department of the Consell de Formentera reports that primary school pupils who have recently arrived from places outside the Catalan-speaking area can begin enrolment from 18 November in the latest round of a course aimed at offering language assistance. The 2019-2020 programme begins 27 November and concludes when schools break for summer.

Formentera’s office of immigration launched the initiative in response to disproportionately high rates of school failure and early school leaving among young immigrants, a hindrance to sound development in both the financial and social spheres.

In addition to giving newly arrived islanders the tools necessary to thriving in a new language, organisers also hope the course can level the playing field between students; boost learning in Catalan, the working language at schools in the Balearics; and develop skills and positive attitudes around reading and writing. The course is also seen as a valuable resource in students’ social integration and a driver of positive, active attitudes about learning the local language.

Enrolment for the courses will be handled at the Department of Social Welfare (conselleria de Benestar Social, vénda des Brolls, 53), Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 2.00pm. Enrolment will remain open from 18 to 22 November. More information can be obtained by calling 971 32 12 71 or sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

15 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

‘Only special help from Madrid can solve the dilemma of Formentera’s triple insularity’

foto-reunio---vicenc---vidalpdConsell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer met with Vicenç Vidal today at local government offices, thanking the Balearic senator for the chance to meet and taking the opportunity to impress on the senator the island’s principal appeals in the hope Vidal convey them to the government in Madrid.

Among the issues raised was the “Special Balearic Regime” (Règim Especial de les Balears, or REB) to unlock extra funding for islands like Formentera in a situation of triple insularity. Ferrer placed rubbish transport costs among other financial costs deserving of consideration. She also appealed to the senator to seek Madrid’s help for the autonomous regions and individual municipalities in efforts to reach 2030 Agenda goals, fight climate change and assist in the energy transition.

The Balearic senator pledged “particular care for Formentera, particularly because the island lacks its own senator”, and noted the latter point featured in discussion as well. He insisted the island deserved “special sensitivity on issues related to our national coasts”, calling for “a more careful handling in view of their acute impact on the island”.

President Ferrer described “a new challenge that requires new solutions”: foreign unaccompanied minors. If, as Ferrer insisted, Madrid’s involvement is crucial to the autonomous regions and island councils obtaining needed measures and resources, “they also need to be working to solve this problem at its source”. The senator agreed on the need for unity around the issue of migrants, calling it “a new challenge, and one we need to move forward on”, while also asserting that “guarantees will be necessary”.

The officials also spoke about the importance of investment in the next 12 months in mature tourism areas, as well as reductions in air and maritime travel costs and, according to President Ferrer, “the very specific needs of Formentera residents, as a people—including enjoying the same ability of movement as our fellow islanders and countrywomen and men”.

14 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

With wide-ranging programme, Formentera joins global day rejecting violence against women

foto-rp-vio-gen1Vanessa Parellada, consellera of Formentera’s equality department, was joined this morning by staffer Azucena Carrasco and the head of local women’s group Espai Dones, Dolores Fernández Tamargo, in unveiling the activities programme lined up in celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

First up, this Monday, it’s the 8.00pm opening in the Sala d’Exposicions of Ame Soler’s show, Tres voltes rebel. The illustrator’s art speaks to the injustices and inequality that affect women.

Things keep going on Wednesday with a 7.00pm discussion in the Sala d’Actes of local government offices. Psychologist Belén Alvite encourages participants to ponder whether porn constitutes the ideal sexual education, offering tools for talking about sex with teens, so young people can get more nuanced insight than is possible on the web.

At 9.30pm and 8.00pm on Friday 22 November and Sunday 24 November, respectively, the Sala de Cultura-Cinema will host screenings of Les invisibles. Louis-Julien Petit’s full-length feature approaches women’s inequality with humour.

25 November
An extra special programme is in store for Monday 25 November, the official International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Representatives of the Re-Acció programme of the Balearic women’s institute, IBdona, will mount an information stand at 5.00pm in Sant Francesc’s plaça de la Constitució, encouraging islanders to add their voices to the social pledge to stop gender violence. At 5.30pm, a gathering will be called for the reading of the day’s manifesto, opening and closing to the rhythm of a drum circle. After that, there will be a performance by students of the Eivissa-Formentera conservatory.

Finally, Wednesday 27 November at 7.30pm, IBdona will screen a 27-minute documentary titled Prostitució i tracta: Qüestió de poder. IBdona’s director, Maria Duran i Febrer, will be on hand at the event, together with the chief of the equality department and the Espai Dones chairwoman. A colloquium will follow and educational materials will be handed out. All activities are free.

Consellera Parellada insisted that the struggle to end violence involves all of us, and saluted Espai Dones for its work educating islanders. For her part, Fernández affirmed that real equality takes a real fight, and said that the 2019 activities programme is “one way to raise awareness”.

14 November 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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