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Ana Juan calls for democratic coexistence to enact policies that protect rights of islanders

foto 2022xii dia constiToday Formentera hosted an official commemoration of the 44th anniversary of the Constitution in the events hall of the Consell de Formentera . In a speech, President Ana Juan pointed out that "democratic coexistence is essential if we are going to keep improving the quality of life and the rights of our residents", and pushed for "the civic conscience" that characterised the generation of politicians who drafted the Constitution. "We must remember it and push Formentera in 2022 to the fore", she said.

She stressed that "at times like these, marked by the pandemic and the energy crisis stemming from the war in Ukraine, it is essential that there is a democratic union and that governments invest in policies to protect their citizens and strengthen the social safety-net safeguarding the rights which our Constitution enshrines".

President Juan noted that regional spending in 2023 on Formentera -"expected to grow 57%", she said- and the local municipal budget "are focused on social and environmental policies, circular economy, preserving our heritage and social sustainability. This is our goal and our demand: working to improve the quality of life and the rights of our residents".

"We are managing to be heard, to make our own decisions and, as a local administration that is close to people, to act for the good and the improvement of our neighbours. As political representatives it is our obligation to make it so and if we want to leave future generations with a better and fairer Formentera we must continue working together", she said. Juan offered that "the Spanish Constitution must adapt to new realities" and that "here on Formentera we've continued to call for a senator for the island as a figure that channels the actions and decisions that affect Formentera".

The event ended with a musical performance by Xumeu Joan, teacher of the School of Music and Dance of Formentera, and student Hugo Escandell. The two played La Calera and La Llarga.

6 December 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Consell welcomes 15 new hires as part of Balearic Employment Office programmes in social-health care and youth vocational training

foto 2022xii quinzeThe Office of Local Development of the Consell de Formentera reports that 24 November marked the start of two programmes, one to prepare leisure activity leaders in Catalan, another to train specialists in social-health care for dependent persons in social institutions. Both courses are organised by the Consell de Formentera.

The six young people selected in the Youth Training and Employment programme (SOIB Jove - Formació i Ocupació) of the Balearic Employment Office (SOIB) will hold their positions six months and obtain professional certification for leading educational leisure activities for children and youth. Meanwhile, the nine unemployed people selected for SOIB's programme for over-30s (SOIB 30 - Formació i Ocupació) will hold their positions for six months and get professional accreditation in social-health care for dependent people in social institutions.

Ana Juan, president and councillor of entrepreneurship of the Consell de Formentera, highlighted "the importance of training and employment programmes that open a door to employment and build skills".

The two programmes are "mixed", meaning they combine real work and theory-based/hands-on training under vocational training and apprenticeship contracts, and their purpose is to increase participants' employability by promoting new professional skills and offering work experience as part of a personalised professional growth track.

The SOIB 30 programme is funded by the SOIB with a €109,896.30 grant from the Sectorial Conference on Employment and Labour. The SOIB Jove programme is paid for in part by the SOIB with the participation of SEPE, and receives a €107,096.30 grant through the European Social Fund (2021-2027).

5 December 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera obri l'Oficina Municipal de Justícia, 'una porta als serveis públics per als ciutadans de l'illa'

foto 2022xii oficina justiciaLa presidenta del Consell de Formentera, Ana Juan, acompanyada del secretari d'Estat de Justícia (SEJ), Tontxu Rodríguez, i del director general de Relacions Institucionals del Govern, Francesc Miralles, han inaugurat avui a Formentera el segon projecte pilot d'Oficina de Justícia als municipis (OJM) que s'implementa a tot Espanya, després del que es va portar a terme a la província d'Albacete, i el primer en un territori caracteritzat per la insularitat. A la inauguració han estat presents diferents consellers de l'equip de govern, autoritats balears i estatals dels cossos de seguretat i representats judicials d'Eivissa i Formentera.

Ana Juan ha destacat en la presentació que aquesta nova oficina "apropa els serveis públics judicials a Formentera d'una manera més àgil i senzilla i evitarà desplaçaments que avui en dia es fan a Eivissa o Palma per un simple tràmit judicial". La presidenta del Consell ha subratllat que "aquesta modernització de la justícia és molt necessària per a territoris com el nostre" i ha destacat que "Formentera no renuncia a cap jutjat d'instrucció i que es continuarà treballant per millorar els serveis públics a la ciutadania, com fa aquesta nova oficina".

Tontxu Rodríguez ha assenyalat que "també el servei públic de Justícia, que afecta tots els àmbits de la vida –personal, familiar o laboral–, necessita una estructura propera per atendre amb immediatesa les demandes ciutadanes". Les OJM que dissenya la Llei orgànica d'eficiència organitzativa, que es constituiran a tots els municipis on no hi hagi un Tribunal d'Instància, "responen a aquesta necessitat i són especialment rellevants en aquelles localitats més petites, amb dificultats en les comunicacions", ha afegit Rodríguez. Amb aquestes Oficines "es possibilita una nova organització dels mitjans al servei de la Justícia de proximitat, i la seva plena adaptació a la realitat social i tecnològica", ha explicat el SEJ, que ha assegurat que això "resulta especialment palès en territoris insulars com Formentera".

La nova OJM permetrà a la ciutadania de l'illa assistir per videoconferència a judicis en què hagin estat citats; evitarà que els policies locals que prestin testimoni hagin de perdre la jornada o dependre de les condicions meteorològiques per viatjar a Eivissa; facilitarà la concessió d'apoderament apud acta; possibilitarà l'obtenció del reconeixement del dret de justícia gratuïta; o la validació d'un títol educatiu estranger, entre altres tràmits. Rodríguez ha destacat la "intensa col·laboració" de la Sala de Govern del Tribunal Superior de Justícia, de la Secretaria de Govern del Tribunal Superior de Justícia de les Illes Balears, dels Jutjats d'Eivissa, del personal del Jutjat de Pau de Formentera, també del Registre Civil, així com de la Gerència Territorial del Ministeri de Justícia i els seus equips per fer possible aquest projecte pilot. Per fer-ho, el Jutjat de Pau de Formentera ha estat dotat amb l'equipament tecnològic necessari i reforçat amb personal, que col·laborarà durant el desplegament del projecte perquè els residents de l'illa no necessitin desplaçar-se fins a les seus judicials d'Eivissa o Palma per relacionar-se amb la Justícia, ha explicat el SEJ.

Inauguració del projecte
Prèviament, a la presentació, s'han fet proves d'alguns dels tràmits que es podran dur a terme des de l'Oficina de Justícia de Formentera. Així, s'ha fet una connexió per videoconferència des del Jutjat de Pau de Formentera amb la ministra de Justícia, Pilar Llop, des de la Delegació de Govern a Illes Balears, a Palma, on la ministra es troba de visita institucional. Posteriorment, s'ha fet una jura de nacionalitat per videoconferència i s'ha establert una connexió amb l'Oficina d'Atenció a les Víctimes de Delictes Violents i contra la Llibertat Sexual. També s'ha enllaçat a manera de prova amb una sala de vistes d'Eivissa des del càrrec de Guàrdia Civil. Es tracta d'un sistema, fruit del conveni entre els ministeris de Justícia i Interior, que permet que en cas que hi hagi una denúncia, denunciant i denunciat no hagin de coincidir físicament a la sala de vistes. Finalment, s'ha dut a terme una demostració de lloc de treball deslocalitzat, que ha permès a una funcionària de l'Administració de Justícia del Jutjat de 1a Instància número 5 d'Eivissa treballar des de Formentera.

20 de novembre de 2022
Àrea de Comunicació
Consell de Formentera

Exhibition of eighth Eivissa-Formentera Architecture Awards

At 7.30pm, Friday 2 December, Centre Antoni Tur 'Gabrielet' will pull back the curtain on a display of works which the Official Architects' College of the Balearic Islands named winners of the eighth Eivissa-Formentera Architecture Awards (2016-2020). The exhibition will be on view 11.00am to 2.00pm and 4.00pm to 6.00pm, Monday to Saturday until 16 December. Monday mornings and Tuesday afternoons it will be closed.

1 December 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Consell endorses fully subsidised bus fare in 2023 and presses health authority for Basic Health Unit in La Mola

foto 2022xi pleToday members of local government gathered for the November full-house assembly of the Consell de Formentera, securing backing for fully state-subsidised fare for seasonal and multi-journey bus tickets in 2023; a Basic Health Unit in El Pilar de la Mola; road upgrades, and a local astronomical observatory. On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, councillors issued an official proclamation and observed a minute of silence.

Subsidised bus transport
Councillors from all parties came together to back a proposal for fully state-subsidised seasonal and multi-trip bus tickets in 2023. "The central government's budgets already provide a line item to finance regular public bus transport", explained Rafael González, councillor of mobility, who presented the proposal, "hence, regular riders and holders of multi-journey tickets, whether residents or visitors, will be able to travel free of charge throughout 2023".

"In this way we hope to keep maximising sustainable mobility on our island, reducing our carbon footprint and helping families and individuals better cope with rising prices", he added. From 1 September to 31 December 2022, public transport on Formentera is free for residents thanks to funding from the Consell de Formentera (50%) and regional (30%) and central governments (20%), respectively. Tourists enjoy a 70% discount thanks to funding from the Consell (20%) and the central (30%) and regional governments (20%), respectively.

Basic Health Unit in El Pilar de la Mola
Cabinet councillors overcame opposition abstention to pass a compromise proposal urging the regional health authority to create a Basic Health Unit (UBS) in El Pilar de la Mola, and pressing the Consell de Formentera to review local regulations and determine its location. Rafael Ramírez, councillor of social welfare, pointed out that "our growing local population has created a need for more workers at our hospital and the increased accessibility of certain services for patients who live in remote areas".

Roads
The day's session also came with cross-party backing for a Sa Unió proposal to urge the Consell de Formentera to include an item in the 2023 budget for upgraded road surfaces, including at the main access points to tourist areas.

Astronomical observatory
Decision-makers again united in support of a Sa Unió proposal, expanded by the cabinet, to create a local astronomical observatory. Councillors urged the Consell de Formentera to continue with all audits and actions necessary to obtain StarLight certification from the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC) and to use future audit reports to site construction or adaptation of a suitable space for the facility.

Department report from Alejandra Ferrer
Today Alejandra Ferrer, vice-president and councillor of tourism, appeared before assembly members. In tourism marketing, she highlighted 2020's Promoting and Reactivating Tourism Plan, updated annually, which sets basic guidelines like "promoting sustainable mobility, reviving rural areas and safeguarding culture and heritage" as well as guiding tenets like "social equilibrium, economic improvement and environmental protections". In marketing events, meanwhile, the Formentera Office of Tourism has attended domestic and international trade shows, workshops and presentations and focused on sustainability, local products, collaboration between administrations and the importance of reducing the seasonal nature of Formentera's economy, among other issues.

In planning, Ferrer highlighted her offices' work with the local tourism sector to tailor the Balearic administration's Tourism Act to the needs of Formentera. Vice President Ferrer held up an exception that was made to unlock 50 overnight permits on Formentera for families and small businesses that had already invested money and performed work. Ferrer noted that the Formentera Data Observatory opened in 2019 and in 2022 issued its first-ever "barometers" for residents, business and tourist satisfaction. "These data help improve not only our qualities as a destination and our visitors' degree of satisfaction, but also our residents' quality of life", she explained.

Official proclamation for 25 November
Lastly, Ana Juan, president and councillor of equality, read a declaration endorsed by the entire assembly that reaffirms the Consell de Formentera's commitment to feminism, gender equality and the war on gender violence: "Only a society in which women do not suffer gender-based violence can be considered completely free. Only a democracy free of male violence is a full democracy."

25 November 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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