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“Formentera es queda a casa” says goodbye with video homage to everyone who made it possible

foto comiat formenesquedaacasaThe Consell de Formentera reports that this Sunday will come with the final post from the Facebook account “Formentera es queda a casa”. As the island prepares to enter phase 3 of de-escalation on Monday 1 June, Formentera bids farewell to the profile that for nearly two and a half months kept us entertained and informed.

Since the account went online, it has attracted 1,650 followers and shared some 120 videos, almost all locally produced, and authored roughly 260 posts. Figuring among the wide-ranging content were hometown musicians trying hard to raise the spirits of their fellow islanders, fitness classes, mental-health guidance and recipes with ideas to sweeten the moment.

Home-bound formenterers fought off boredom and stayed abreast of current events with a daily test of their local knowledge, theatrical productions and performances from local actors, kids’ storytimes, a writers’ clinic, tips about caring for the environment, exhibits, film, art and book recommendations, plus content shared by the Escola de Música i Dansa, Casal de Joves, local nurseries and youth health initiative Formentera Marxa. “Formentera es queda a casa” also aired a live-cast of the three final ‘Talks for families and teachers’ series.

Before going dark on Sunday 31 May (for good, we hope), the profile will go out with a thank-you video—for everyone who pitched in to create content, and all the followers who connected and engaged from the start. And nothing’s disappearing: all the same info can still be accessed on the Consell’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, the Facebook pages of the sports office, nurseries, Agenda Formentera, the cinema and school of music and dance, and over the Instagram handles of the Casal de Joves and Formentera Marxa.


29 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell de Formentera and Govern balear create €440K line of support for local freelancers

The Formentera Department of Economy and Taxes has joined forces with the regional government in Palma to open up lines of support for the island’s productive sector, which department chief Bartomeu Escandell described as “uniquely reliant on self-employed workers—a group that has faced, and continues to face, immense hardship in the economic crisis following Covid-19”.

Four-hundred forty thousand—a quarter of a million from the Consell, €190,000 from the Govern—will go to support Formentera’s freelancers. Of the 1,460 local professionals with “autonomous worker” (autònom) status, 1,100 are registered year-round and the remainder only temporarily. “We’re extremely pleased that the two administrations were able to come together at this critical juncture in support of this particular group”, said Escandell. In the Balearics, local and regional authorities have together promised more than €15 million for a group numbering between eight and ten thousand.

The assistance will be calculated as follows:

1. Two thousand euros for applicants without staff on payroll. Seasonal freelancers will receive €2,500.

2. Two thousand five-hundred euros for applicants with fewer than 3 staff on payroll. Seasonal freelancers will receive €3,000.

3. Three thousand euros for applicants with three or more staff on payroll. Seasonal freelancers will receive €3,500.

Professionals must figure in one of the following categories to be eligible:

a) Individuals who, as a result of emergency orders in the wake of Covid-19, were forced to cease professional activity or reduce it by at least 75% (compared to 2019 figures).

b) Individuals furloughed for force majeur or economic and productive reasons.

c) Seasonal freelancers not included in a) or b) but directly or indirectly affected by Royal Decree 463/2020, later modified by Royal Decree 465/2020.

To apply:

The online application can be completed on the “Ajuts per reiniciar o continuar l’activitat dels autònoms afectats directament per la Covid-19” section of the Govern de les Illes Balears website. Details and a link to the application will be available on the website of the regional office of economic promotion, entrepreneurship and social and circular economy (http://dgpe.caib.es).

The Consell will also offer an information service for self-employed Formentera residents. It can be reached by phoning 971 321 087.


28 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Formentera increases 2020 funding for Formenterers Solidaris ten-fold

Following the efforts of a government committee, the Consell de Formentera green-lighted €30,000 for the local association Formenterers Solidaris. Made possible by a collaborative agreement between the two parties and happening in coordination with the Formentera Department of Social Welfare, the assistance will go to food packages for vulnerable families and individuals on the island.

Alejandra Ferrer pointed out the figures marked a ten-fold uptick compared to other years (in 2019 funding for the group totalled €3,000), explaining the increase was about “supporting the group’s efforts to extend a helping hand to some of Formentera’s most at-risk—work that is now, in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, more important than ever”.

After emergency orders aimed at tackling the coronavirus public health crisis and in light of the significant toll the situation has already taken on the economy, particularly local families, urgent coordinated action to address social needs is crucial.

Formenterers Solidaris is the only locally-based non-profit group devoted to helping Formentera residents facing poverty and other social hardships. Operating chiefly thanks to donations, the group works to connect underprivileged Formentera people and families with food and clothes, namely through the food bank initiative, El Banc d’Aliments. Care packages include essential, non-perishable goods and things like baby formula and nappies.


28 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

Consell unlocks €30K in funding for old persons’ group in La Mola

foto 2020 conveni majors la molaAlejandra Ferrer, chief of the local government, and Jaume Escandell, president of the Associació de Majors del Pilar, put their signatures on a pact granting the seniors’ group temporary use of parts of La Mola’s Casa del Poble and funding for upkeep and operations, including efforts to encourage association- and community-based activities on Formentera in 2020. The island’s deputy chief of government and head of the Department of the Elderly, Ana Juan, was also present at the signing.

Under the deal, the Consell de Formentera pledges €30,000 to support the group’s activities and cover costs. The agreement also means the Associació de Majors promises to host pro bono events at least once a week, except in summertime, oversee access to the Casa del Poble computer lab, and generally enliven the social dynamics of El Pilar de la Mola—often referred to simply as La Mola.

The Consell de Formentera can also use the Casa del Poble for local events, and the Associació de Majors agrees to assist in logistical support and oversee the opening and closing of facilities.

28 May 2020
Department of Communications
Consell de Formentera

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