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Consell recruits 3 more unemployed islanders through 2021 SOIB Reactiva programme

foto 2022 soib 3 personesToday Ana Juan, the President and Councillor of Entrepreneurship of the Consell de Formentera, welcomed three more new hires from the first round of recruitment under SOIB Reactiva. The individuals will work for the island's government for the next six months. Two women will work as administrative assistants and one man will work as a brigade operator.

Plans are also in place for a second round of recruitment, which will include selection of three additional recruits. 2021 SOIB Reactiva has been promoted by the Occupational Service of the Balearic Islands (Servei d'Ocupació de les Illes Balears, SOIB) and co-financed by the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 Youth Employment and Regional Operational Programmes and State funds through the Sectorial Conference of Employment and Labour Affairs.

10 January 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

As Formentera enters tier 3 of public health alert, COVID certificate to be required in restaurants, cultural establishments and indoor sports facilities

foto 2022 nivell 3Today Ana Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera announced in a press conference that the island has entered tier 3 of public health alert  the same as the rest of the Balearic Islands. Endorsed by the Government Council, the change will take effect today on publication of one-off edition of the Official Gazette of the Balearic Islands (Butlletí Oficial de les Illes Balears, BOIB).

Among the chief features of tier 3, COVID certificates must now be presented inside all bars, cafeterias and restaurants, as well as for indoor cultural and sporting events like the cinema, swimming pool and the fitness centre.

President Juan stressed that in the last fortnight, Formentera's case count had "increased exponentially". Faced with these data, she said, "it is necessary to expand protective measures on the island". Juan asserted that "while the vast majority of cases are mild or asymptomatic, today four Formentera residents are in the ICU for COVID-19". The President pointed to the primacy of vaccination in stopping the pandemic and insisted that measures like the COVID certificate and self-tracing help further reduce spread of the virus. "We must continue to be responsible, and not let our guard down with protection, hygiene and ventilation".

Municipal sports schools and Festival of Children's Entertainment cancelled

The President also pointed out that the island has closed municipal sports schools until 17 January and cancelled the Festival of Children's Entertainment originally scheduled for this weekend. "Children are once again heading back to the classroom, and as much as possible, we intend to adhere to bubble groups. Since the start of the pandemic, classrooms have been safe places and we want to keep them that way", said Juan, who apologised for any inconvenience the postponements may cause. The cancellation of sports schools was done in collaboration with local clubs and next week the situation will be re-evaluated. Likewise, tomorrow's gathering of the Consell d'Entitats, where members were set to address measures to regulate vehicles brought and driven on the island, will be held online and at the originally scheduled time: 7.30pm for the first group and 8.00pm for the second.

Under tier 3 of public health alert, access requirements apply to the following establishments:

-Gyms and sports facilities.
-Cultural and sporting events in indoor spaces like cinemas, covered circuses, theatres, auditoriums, concert halls, heated pools.
-Seminars, conferences, assemblies, gatherings, business meetings and events.
-Seniors' clubs and spaces where activities are held specifically for the elderly.
-Gaming and betting establishments.
-Restaurants and dining establishments.
-Regional outdoor and indoor sports competitions and training for people aged 12 and up.

10 January 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Consell helps 84 Formentera freelancers and SMEs weather COVID-19 crisis

The Formentera Office of Entrepreneurship is pleased to report that 84 local freelancers and small businesses received the office's help weathering fallout from COVID-19 restrictions. Two-hundred fifty-six thousand euros in assistance were handed out following the response to two announcements of aid in 2021. Aid payments have already been received by all but a few, with the 16 beneficiaries who are still awaiting payment resolving outstanding issues with applications just last week.

Forty-two freelancers and small businesses got help as part of the first call for applications in March. The second announcement came in August and led to the same number of awardees, although paperwork is still in the works for five of those applicants. Roughly 70 % of applications submitted have been accepted.

"We are glad to have helped that many", said Ana Juan, Consell de Formentera President and Councillor of Entrepreneurship, and stressed that, moreover, "the vast majority have already received payments". President Juan recalled "great uncertainty" marking the start of the 2021 summer season, insisting that the aid has "proven to be the main engine of our economy and served to support an essential productive sector".

Finally, the President underscored the work of the various departments of the Consell to "manage, process and deliver the aid".

€1,500 to €7,000

Small businesses and freelancers on the island have received payments ranging from €1,500 to €7,000 each. The payments have been financed in equal parts by the Consell de Formentera and Balearic government.

30 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Extraordinary plenary session 29 December

foto 2021xiipleExtraAt a one-off plenary assembly earlier today, and tracking with a decision by the Advisory Council of the Balearic Islands, "yes" votes from the GxF and PSOE cabinet overcame Sa Unió abstention to reject Sunway SL's request for an ex officio review of planning permit 94/2007, which the Consell de Formentera granted to Morsanix SL on 11 May 2012.

Bartomeu Escandell, Councillor of Economy, Finance and General Services, described the Advisory Council's decision as "proof the technical and legal teams of the Consell de Formentera observe best practices; so I want to congratulate them on their work. I think today is a good day for Formentera and a bad day for those who continually question the actions of the Consell de Formentera".


29 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

A look back: Formentera takes stock of firefighting service in 2021

foto 2021 bombers EPIS AIn 2021 the Formentera Fire Brigade logged 163 interventions, the same as in 2020. The brigade responded to 12 fires, compared to 35 the previous year. Three of the interventions involved uncontrolled burns, another three involved buildings in urban areas and one involved a building in a rural setting. The fire crew put out two fires affecting street furniture and three affecting vehicles. Fires on forested and agricultural land burned less than half a hectare in 2021, while they burned less than one ha in 2020 and 5.3 ha in 2019.

In 2019, the year before COVID-19, the fire brigade performed a total of 213 services. "As has been the case elsewhere, the drop in interventions in recent years is related to the new exceptional situation caused by the pandemic", explained Josep Marí, Councillor of Interior, who pointed out that "for the second straight year the brigade has called off visits of children's summer camps, and has not participated in Consell-organised activities or other prevention work". Marí praised staff for their willingness and professionalism in a year marked by the public health crisis.

Other interventions

In 2021 the brigade was also dispatched in 26 rescues, while last year they performed 23 actions of this type. Over the course of the year there were 12 false alarms, compared to 19 false alarms one year prior. The crew was mobilised to provide technical assistance 51 times in 2021, compared to 43 times in 2020.

New equipment

In 2020 the Consell de Formentera Fire Department expanded and updated brigade gear with 15 new units of personal protective equipment (PPE). The gear cost the island €27,975 plus VAT.

Training

Councillor Marí also highlighted efforts by local government to invest in training. Six training sessions cost the Consell de Formentera €39,637.40.

- Flashover and ventilation: 35 hours, three firefighters (€5,987.40).
- Responding at height in urban settings and securing extension ladders: 16 hours, four firefighters (€2,485).
- Fire extinguishing on boats: 21 hours, two firefighters (€1,500).
- Responding in traffic accidents: 24 hours, ten firefighters (€3,740).
- Rescues in natural areas: 16 hours, four firefighters (€3,425).
- Basic course for new firefighters: 105 hours, 15 applicants (€22,500).

The year involved two new hires, bringing the crew's total size to eleven: ten full-time professionals and one reserve firefighter.

Vehicle fleet

Currently the service's fleet consists of two rapid response vehicles, a heavy pump for rural settings, a light pump for urban settings and a rescue van.


28 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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