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Meeting of local police students in the Balearics takes place on Formentera

foto-reunio---policies1On Monday, representatives of Escola Balear d'Administration Pública, Jaime Tovar among them, met on the island with members of 40th class of local police in the Balearic Islands and CiF law enforcement leaders such as Bartomeu Escandell. Participants must successfully complete the course to confirm their position on the force.

The goal of the gathering was to review the educational programme for the four students, three of whom have been selected for posts on Formentera and one from Sant Joan on Eivissa. Formentera and Sant Joan are the only two municipalities that hired new agents as part of December 2017 changes to regional law enforcement legislation called the Balearic Llei de Policia.

The law moulds selection in the image of the process already in place in many of the countries autonomous communities. Town councils hire agents based on capacity and EBAP provides recruits with special training.

Last summer Formentera was the first to apply the new legislation and designed a streamlined selective process unlike any other in the region. As a consequence, Formentera's local police force has swelled by five, three of whom are currently taking part on-the-job training. If the students successfully complete EBAP training they will become full-fledged officers in October.

April 25, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Launch of Formentera Fotogràfica's opening expo

ruido-1-This Saturday brings the opening of Backway: d'Àfrica a Europa, per la porta del darrera, a show by the group Ruido Photo that is aimed at unpicking the whys and wherefores of migration and calling attention to human rights violations.

The gathering is scheduled for Constitució square in Sant Francesc (next to the church) and is part of the seventh Formentera Fotogràfica, an event which will go from April 27 to May 1.


April 25, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

After rain check, 'De far a far' walk-run rescheduled for Sunday May 5

The Formentera Council's office of sport reports that the De far a far walk-run is happening Sunday May 5. Rough weather on Sunday April 21 forced organisers to postpone the event, which turns six this year and is put on by the àrea de l'Esport and Grup Esportiu Espalmador.

All those interested can sign up on the elitechip.net website for €20 (race participants) or €15 (walkers). Refunds can be requested on the site for those who registered for the original date but cannot take part in the rescheduled event.

The day's programme, beginning at es Cap lighthouse, remains unchanged. Walkers are expected for a 9.00am start and the running contingent sets out two hours later, and both groups trace the same 26K circuit before cutting across la Mola to the lighthouse. Shuttle buses will take participants to the start point. The first bus leaves la Savina at 7.45am, Poliesportiu Antoni Blanc at 8.00am and es Cap/Cala Saona crossroads at 8.15am. Another bus will service the same stops two hours later (9.45am, 10.00am and 10.15am).

The final three-kilometre stretch of es Cap road will be closed to vehicle traffic for thirty minutes from 9.00am and 11.00am to allow runners to pass. Participants will be on secondary arterials and country roads for the remainder of the event and no further traffic disruptions are planned.


April 25, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

Formentera marks return to repurposing posidonia seagrass

foto-posidonia-ca-mari-- prems1The Formentera Council's office of environment is offering local farmers Posidonia oceanica seagrass from island beaches to encourage traditional applications like reusing it as a fertiliser for crops, bedding for animals and ceiling isolation in country homes. Islanders keen to benefit from the programme should contact the environment office—l'àrea de Medi Ambient—in person, by phone (971.32.12.10) or via email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Delivery is provided free of charge.

The Council's removal of the seagrass happens in coordination with the Spanish coastal authority. Environment chief Daisee Aguilera said crews were at beaches in Cala Saona and es Ca Marí, where residents had requested the service specifically. The material piled up this winter and particularly during recent days of rough weather.

Four hundred cubic metres of the seagrass have been hauled off to date. Aguilera said beaches had also been combed for plastics and pollutants that wash up on the shoreline in winter—part of an effort not only to improve the image that greets the island's early summer visitors, but especially to care for the local environment. The councillor also saluted the non-profits and volunteers that took part in clearing washed up rubbish from beaches and the shoreline.

April 24, 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Formentera Council

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