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Council unveils 'Formentera, a safe place to travel' pamphlets

foto-destinacio---segura prems1Today at 12 noon in the CiF Sala d'Actes, a team of individuals including the head of the CiF president's office and the councillor of tourism (Bartomeu Escandell and Alejandra Ferrer, respectively) as well as local police chief Félix Ramos and Enrique Gómez Bastida, the Guardia Civil's commander in the Pityuses, met before members of the press to unveil “Formentera, destinació segura” (Formentera, a safe place to travel).

President Ferrer said the outreach initiative's associated pamphlet covers the safety essentials for visiting tourists, not to mention smartphone apps to report a crime (AlertCops), online tools to file incident reports (“e-denuncies”) and important phone numbers and basic tips.

The brochure is being published in Castilian Spanish, Catalan and English, and is available online in the Useful information section of the island's portal for tourists: https://www.formentera.es/en/planning/useful-information/

Interpreting in 50 languages
The CiF tourism office has contracted Dualia, a service that provides interpreting in more than 50 languages. Said Ferrer: “One phone call is all it takes to obtain assistance in over 50 languages—24 hours a day, 365 days a year”.

The civil guard, local police, lifeguard and rescue services, tourist info spots and CiF emergency social work staff plan to use the system as well. Ferrer described Dualia as a way to “avoid slip-ups in translation, improve services for visitors and islanders who are still learning our language, and minimise incidents that stem from cultural differences”.

Those at the press conference pointed out that tourists will also need to sign up on the Guardia Civil's registry of overnight lodgers as an additional measure to improve local safety.

Security reinforcements
Commander Gómez pointed out that this summer special Guardia Civil security forces like SEPRONA and ROCA will be in place on the island. As in years past, an extra continent of traffic agents will be here, too.

President Escandell underscored that the local police force was preparing to expand its ranks to 16 this summer, with enough manpower to cover every shift. He additionally pointed to the formation of the administration's inspection team and brigade of blue zone parking attendants as key to freeing up law enforcement officers for other operations.

 

May 7, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Spokespersons' committee takes stock of parliamentary session

reunio---junta-de-portaveus pr2This morning came with a meeting of the Junta de Portaveus—the parliamentary spokespersons' committee—of the Formentera Council. Made up of representatives from each political party on the Council as well as the administration's president and his department chief, Jaume Ferrer and Bartomeu Escandell, the group sat down today for its last meeting this term.

According to the CiF chief, the Junta has convened 24 times during the current parliamentary term, compared to only six times in the term that ran from 2011 to 2015. He said that 14 priority proposals obtained cross-party support in 2015, but that getting them off the ground would require the involvement of other agencies. “The last four years have been a prime example of what can be achieved when we base our efforts on consensus”, said Ferrer, adding that most of the administration's proposals have come to fruition.

Councillor Escandell gave an update on those 14 proposals. He highlighted the effort to oversee a reordering of estany des Peix, celebrating recent changes that he said “put the Council in a position to discuss the pond's management—and the recovery of the natural gem it represents—with the islanders who actually use it”.

Other projects that have picked up steam have involved regulating which vehicles can be brought onto the island, improving the regulation scheme in place on the local coastline, activating the irrigation pond, starting work on the assisted living centre, reordering la Savina port, preparing for construction of Sant Ferran's new schools, promoting year-round housing, taking possession of authority over tourism promotions and securing funding that reflects Formentera's “double insularity”.

The councillor insisted that there is work still ahead, and pointed to efforts like regulating maritime transport, building the Formentera museum, modernizing es Ca Marí power plant and reclaiming the island's salterns, or salines. The entire committee described the Junta as an effective tool in building consensus on projects that affect Formentera.

May 7, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Council forms partnership to run junior football campus

foto-conveni-sd-formentera1CiF first councillor Jaume Ferrer sat down with Xicu Ferrer, the chairman of Sociedad Deportiva Formentera, to sign a coordination and management deal for Formentera's centre for non-professional footballers (Escola de Futbol Base) in 2019.

As part of the annual agreement, the Council pledges up to €35,000 for the centre's management costs, and SD Formentera promises to oversee operations near the municipal football pitch.


May 7, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Submissions now admitted for Council's 2019 research grant

beca-investigacio---2019-xarxe1The Formentera Council's culture and patrimony department launched a call for applications for a six thousand euro grant to promote research. Research proposals must involve the arts, humanities or social sciences and be related to local issues.

Application guidelines are already available on the website of the BOIB regional gazette, and interested researchers have until June 13 to submit proposals. At the close of submissions, a review committee made up of several individuals will evaluate projects based on scientific interest, coherency, methodology and each researchers' professional experience. The proposed research must be conducted within 12 months of the announcement of the winner.

Last year prize money went to a project titled “The cultural landscape of Formentera. Study of stone extraction and use through history” (Paisaje cultural de Formentera. Estudio de las dinámicas de explotación y uso de la piedra a lo largo de la historia).


May 6, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

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