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Shopper goes home with gift card courtesy of Compra a Casa programme’s ‘Black Friday, Formentera’

bllack-friday-beatriz-torresjpThis week, the Consell de Formentera and the Eivissa-Formentera small- and medium-sized business association (Pimef) gave away a gift card for ‘Black Friday, Formentera’ as part of Compra a Casa, the island’s customer loyalty programme for local businesses. As a prize, winner Beatriz Torres Tabares walked away with a €50-euro gift card. Everyone who made a purchase of €15 euros or more in a participating Compra a Casa storefront was automatically entered in the contest.

This Yuletide season, the island has also activated a campaign to reward holiday shopping called ‘This Christmas shop at home’ (Al Nadal compra a casa). This year, three gift cards —the first for €200, the second €100 and the third, €50— will be handed out to lucky Compra a Casa shoppers.


12 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera.eco named best sustainable tourism initiative

premi-turisme-sosteniblejpThe Consell de Formentera scheme formentera.eco to cap permits for in-bound vehicles has won the award for best sustainable tourism initiative. Mobility councillor Rafael González received the honours at the Nit de Turisme gala held last night on Menorca.

González explained that “for the first time, with formentera.eco, we’re regulating which vehicles are being brought and driven on the island. The goal is simple: to preserve the land and Formentera’s very tranquility by tackling saturation on local roads”.

The initiative grew out of the request of one resident, and is driven by two main goals. González described the first as “delivering a quality of life improvement for locals”. The second? “Visitor satisfaction”, he said, “so, whether someone comes in May or August, they’ll find the island they’re looking for”.

“In the first year we got what we set out to achieve—fewer cars on local roads in the high season, and more people using public transport or cycling”. Feats like those, “and distinctions like this one”, the mobility chief professed, “are motivation to keep pushing forward in the years ahead”.

2019 marks the fourth straight year that the best sustainable initiative prize is given to a Formentera project; a plan to promote the recovery of the local countryside won the accolades in 2016, followed by Save Posidonia Project in 2017 and Posidonia maps in 2018. Regional first minister Francina Armengol, Balearic economic model, tourism and employment minister Iago Negueruela, Menorca president Susana Mora and other regional authorities attended the ceremony as well.


11 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Govern allocates €3.6m in 2020 budget for Sant Ferran school

reunio---pressupostosjp1Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer and councillor of economy and the tax office, Bartomeu Escandell, sat down at local government headquarters today with Rosario Sánchez and Joan Ignasi Morey, the heads of the Balearic tax office and budgets section, respectively, to get a look at Formentera’s place in the regional government’s latest spending plans. The meeting was also attended by local vice-presidents Ana Juan and Rafael Ramírez.

Investing in Formentera
Investment in educational infrastructure is one of the budget’s standout features, including the €3.6-million projected completion of work on the new Sant Ferran school. Nearly half a million euros (€470K) are earmarked for ongoing construction of an 18-bed residence for the elderly.

In healthcare, crews are wrapping up construction so the Eivissa and Formentera health department can stay on track for the 2020 rollout of a haemodynamics service. In mobility, the €180K installation of technology in new buses required to standardise highway transport fares across the archipelago is also on the horizon.

President Ferrer was positive about the Govern’s 2020 budgetary scheme for Formentera. “In general, the budgets bode stability and balance in the years ahead”, she said. Ferrer highlighted “vital local investment like the Sant Ferran school or the completion of work on the senior assisted living centre”.

Environment and energy efficiency
The president also underscored the importance of other investment. In environment there will be €364,950 for maintenance on the local water purification plant; a €400K remodel of the third line of production at the desalination plant; €228,750 for efforts by the healthy forests network, like pest control and spread prevention, to tackle the pine processionary.

The budget also includes line items to improve energy efficiency, like €120K in subsidised investment to promote renewable energies and energy self-sufficiency in the public administrations

Agriculture, fishing & food
To make the agrifood industry more dynamic, a quarter of a million euros has been set aside for upkeep of irrigation ponds. A half a million for the Eivissa and Formentera LEADER programme. Ninety-four thousand euros for desalination upgrades at the Formentera irrigation pond. Patrols of the marine reserves.

Culture and patrimony
The budgets also include €120K in funding for the planned Formentera Museum and Cultural Centre Foundation.
 
In total, the budget includes €17.53m for Formentera, €6.73m in investment from Balearic ministries and various public-sector businesses and bodies of the regional government. Half of the total budget —€8.77m— is funding from the Balearic government to Formentera.

Speaking generally, Balearic minister Sánchez called the budget “socially and financially responsible”. The plans reflect not only a consolidation of funding for social policies, but expansion, too. At €3.09 million, such policies account for 70.5% of the non-financial spending in 2020. Plus, public investment has held steady, as do efforts to control and stabilise public debt.


11 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Joven Dolores and Itaca Band ready to roll out hits and set night on fire this Saturday

foto 2019 nit concerts 1The culture wing of the Consell de Formentera announces that two of the 2019 Christmas programme’s heavy-hitters are gearing up for an evening of concerts, this Saturday, 14 December, in the Sa Senieta tent in Sant Francesc. The show starts at 10.30pm with a performance from Joven Dolores, followed by the popular Catalan act, Itaca Band.

Culture and festivities councillor Susana Labrador encouraged the whole island to come out for an opening event so replete with music and festive spirit she called it “a tone setter as the Yuletide season kicks into gear”.

Joven Dolores
Starting the show at 10.30pm is Joven Dolores, an amalgamation brought to life by the union of singer-guitarist pair David Serra and Joan Barbé with the rhythm section composed by Frederic Torres (bass) and JC Marí (drums). Unlike anyone else on the domestic music scene, Joven Dolores don’t just play songs to pull on heart strings, they deliver guaranteed high-octane performances. A product of 21st-century rock, Joven Dolores’ first album, Galopa los días, is jam-packed with references to their youth, anchored by reflections on the power of positivity, on human relations, on the importance of women and their situation today.

Itaca Band
Wrapping up the evening, it’s the Itaca Band. The Catalan group have made a name for themselves blending apparently disparate musical styles, and are known for concerts most readily compared to hurricanes. Anthems like “Temerari”, “Ara i aquí” and “Com si no hi hagués demà” are irresistibly catchy, and will have the entire crowd dancing and singing along. Masterfully crafted lyrics in Spanish and Catalan, Jamaican rhythms, overdriven tempos and the surging energy of the group’s brass section are all part of what makes Itaca Band guaranteed crowdpleasers.


10 December 2019
Department of Communication
Consell de Formentera

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