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Regional environment chief makes first official visit to Formentera

foto-reunio---amb-apb-1-1This morning at 10.30am, three Consell de Formentera officials —President Alejandra Ferrer, territory councillor Rafael González, and environment councillor Antonio Sanz— met in the sala d'Actes with the Govern balear's minister of environment and territory, Miquel Mir.

So far this legislative term, this is Mir's first meeting with his opposite numbers on the island, not to mention with the Consell chief. During the meeting, participants reviewed what they expect to be the biggest challenges over the four coming years.

President Ferrer identified one of the top priorities as regulating moorage on local shores, “as well as all the consensus-building with [coastal authority] Demarcación de Costas that the effort will entail”. Another key initiative is the regulation of estany des Peix. Ferrer said that that project, which is now awaiting an expected green-light from the coastal agency, needs help from the nautical sector for rollout to be successful. The president also pledged the administration would “work to find solutions for any person or business whom the current plan might leave in a regulatory vacuum”.

Formentera officials spoke with the regional minister about issues like administrative improvements at ses Salines nature reserve, crafting the “Posidonia Decree”, renewing efforts to keep local snake numbers in check, and working on continued upgrades to the water grid, the es Ca Marí sanitation grid and the es Pujols sewage pump.

Mir, for his part, said the gathering helped lay the groundwork for “renewed responsiveness to the needs and requests of Formentera residents”. Getting there, he said, will mean coordinating efforts between the Govern balear and Consell de Formentera, and engaging in bilateral work.

15 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

Local police protect public health and take aim at itinerant selling

Last night, local law enforcement agents arrested a man they accused of committing a public health offence. The arresting officers were on the night beat in Sant Ferran, along with a canine unit, when they spotted a man who, seeing them, became nervous and attempted to flee the scene. A search by the canine unit turned up positive, and ten grams of cocaine and €400 in cash were seized. The suspect, a 32-year-old Morrocan national, was detained and subsequently taken to local offices of the Guardia Civil.

Itinerant vending
During the high season months, Formentera Local Police periodically conduct patrols on island beaches to combat itinerant vending. In the first week of July, similar charges were brought in 43 cases—39 charges involved individuals caught selling, 2 involved individuals found with material intended for sale, and 2 involved sellers caught in dune regeneration areas of ses Salines nature reserve. The final 2 cases will be passed along to the Govern balear.

Law enforcement agents have so far confiscated roughly one thousand items, including 415 pieces of fruit and more than 200 pieces of clothing.

10 July 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Formentera Council christens fresh configurationon

ple2019-1-Today, the first full-house assembly of a dawning legislative session of the Formentera Council came with confirmation of a newly configured organisational structure and the roster of councilmembers set to head administration departments.

A coalition between Gent per Formentera (GxF) and the Socialist Worker's Party (PSIB-PSOE), the governing team is composed of Alejandra Ferrer (president and councillor of planning and tourism), Ana Juan (vice-president and councillor of housing, trade and entrepreneurship), Susana Labrador (deputy vice-president and councillor of culture and education), Rafael Ramírez (associate vice-president and councillor of social welfare, governance and transparency), Bartomeu Escandell (economy, tax office and general services councillor), Antonio Sanz (environment and inspection services), Rafael González (mobility and land), Raquel Guasch (patrimony, language policies and training), Josep Marí (infrastructure, primary sector and interior), Vanessa Parellada (youth services, citizen participation, new technologies, equality and LGTBI) and Paula Ferrer (sport, human resources and island services).

Of the new governing team's 11 consellers, or “councillors”, six belong to GxF (spokesperson: Bartomeu Escandell) and five to PSIB-PSOE Formentera (spokesperson: Rafael Ramírez). The opposition party, Sa Unió de Formentera, is a coalition of the People's Party (PP) and Compromís that comprises Lorenzo Córdoba (spokesperson), Ana Negre, Verónica Castelló, Javier Serra, Cristina Costa and Óscar Portas.

Appointed positions were announced as well, including chief of tourism promotions Carlos Bernús, communications chief Elena Trinidad and president's office secretary Isabel Juan.

Councilmembers were united in their backing of a motion to set plenary sessions at 9.00am on the last Friday of every month.

Wage structure
With “yes” votes from the governing team and despite the abstention of Sa Unió, councilmembers granted approval to proposed governing team remuneration, compensation for session attendance and political party allowances.

Wages for the full-time offices of the president, vice-presidents and councillors are identical to the previous term. The president receives €52,950.00 in gross yearly compensation, the vice-presidents receive €51,400.00 and five councillors with full-time positions receive €50,300.00. Councillor Raquel Guasch, who is on a 10-hour per week scheme, will earn €13,413.33 in annual pay.

Assemblymembers approved a €34,794.79 pay arrangement for Sa Unió Formentera's (maximum two) designated full-time or part-time opposition councillors. Councillors without a pay arrangement will receive €200 for attending ordinary and extraordinary sessions of the Formentera Council plenary assembly, and €120 to attend gatherings of advisory committees.

With the support of the governing team and despite a “no” from the opposition, assemblymembers passed a wages plan covering €42,000.00 for the chief of tourism promotions, €35,000.00 for the communications chief and €30,000.00 for the secretary of the president's office.

8 July 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Introducing incoming Formentera Council leadership

visita-nou-equip-de-governv31The Formentera Council president's office reports that the days ahead will come with key appointments within the new administration. Alejandra Ferrer, who was appointed president on Saturday, 15 June, will also head the offices of planning and tourism. Ana Juan, for her part, will assume the first vice president's office, as well as the departments of housing, seniors, trade and entrepreneurialship.

Aside from her assignment as the second vice president, Susana Labrador will also oversee culture and education. Rafael Ramírez will be third vice president, while also taking on social welfare, operations and transparency.

Rafael González is councillor of mobility and land; Raquel Guasch the councillor of patrimony, language policies and training; Pep Mari infrastructure, primary sector and interior; Antonio Sanz environment and inspections; Vanessa Parellada youth, civic engagement, new technologies, equality and LGTBI; Paula Ferrer sport, human resources and island services; and Bartomeu Escandell, tax office, economy and general services.

On a visit this morning of the departments (conselleries), chiefs met and exchanged a few words with personnel.

Trusted, government-appointed posts
Isabel Juan will be appointed secretary of the president's office, Elena Trinidad press chief and Carlos Bernús tourism chief.

As a shared presidency, the senior post will be occupied the first 28 months of the legislative term (until 15 October 2021) by Alejandra Ferrer. Ana Juan will take over duties for the final twenty months.

18 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

Special full-house assembly

DSCN1072The Formentera Council convened today for its final plenary assembly of the 2015-2019 legislative session. The one-off gathering served to submit for review the minutes of the full-house assembly that was held on 23 May 2019, the last of the current legislative term. Pictured in the photo are the members of the political parties present at the day's gathering.

12 June 2019
Office of Communication
Formentera Council

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