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Es posa en marxa Formentera Impulsa amb l'objectiu de millorar l'ocupació laboral a l'illa

El Consell Insular de Formentera ha acollit aquest matí la primera reunió de la Xarxa de serveis públics empresarials Formentera Impulsa, una plataforma col·laborativa que reuneix un total de quinze entitats públiques i privades que gestionen i presten serveis destinats tant al teixit empresarial com a la població de l'illa en general en matèries com l'ocupació, la formació, l'autoocupació, l'emprenedoria, l'empresa local, el comerç o els mercats. El conseller de Promoció Econòmica i Administració Insular, José Manuel Alcaraz, ha recordat que la prioritat del Consell Insular de Formentera per a aquesta legislatura “és la col·laboració entre entitats privades i públiques per millorar l'ocupació de la gent que té feina a Formentera, millorar la inserció laboral de la gent que encara no té feina i millorar l'accés a les administracions de tot aquell que vol emprendre una nova empresa” amb la finalitat que tothom tengui igualtat d'oportunitats. Referent a l'àmbit educatiu, l'objectiu que persegueix Formentera Impulsa és que els cicles formatius i els certificats professionals que es duguin a terme “es facin sempre d'acord amb la demanda del sector empresarial de l'illa de Formentera”, ha subratllat Alcaraz.

El Consell Insular de Formentera acull la primera reunió de la Xarxa de serveis públics empresarials Formentera Impulsa

El Consell Insular de Formentera acollirà demà la primera reunió de la Xarxa de serveis públics empresarials Formentera Impulsa, una plataforma col·laborativa que reuneix diverses entitats públiques i privades que gestionen i presten serveis destinats tant al teixit empresarial com a la població de l'illa en general en matèries com ara l'ocupació, la formació, l'autoocupació i l'emprenedoria, l'empresa local (PIME i microempresa), el comerç o els mercats.

La Xarxa treballa en coordinació i col·laboració amb l'Institut d'Innovació Empresarial de les Illes Balears (IDI) i amb el SOIB, entitats amb les quals comparteix recursos en àmbits com l'emprenedoria, la formació i l'ocupació, entre d’altres.

L'objectiu principal de la Xarxa de serveis públics empresarials Formentera Impulsa és coordinar i enfortir la prestació d'aquests serveis mitjançant la col·laboració i aprofitant les sinergies generades en benefici de la comunitat i el desenvolupament local. Així mateix, les entitats que formin part de la Xarxa, que poden ser tant públiques com privades, compartiran bones pràctiques i promouran l'eficiència en la prestació de serveis.

Formentera to elevate heritage, strengthen primary sector and more with €2m investment from Plan for Sustainability in Tourism Destinations

The Office of Finance and Economy of the Consell de Formentera reports that it will invest €2,000,000 from the 2022 Plan for Sustainability in Tourism Destinations to drive heritage restoration, create an agricultural interpretive centre in La Mola, install photovoltaic panels, promote local products and bolster big data, as explained by Bartomeu Escandell, finance councillor.

Escandell gave an overview of the four axes of funding to modernise and improve tourist destinations:

- One: green and ecological transition, €600,000. Create a rural interpretive centre and self-sustainable farm on Casa Ferreres estate in La Mola and rehabilitate the Casa Ferreres home. Es Garroveret defence tower will also be rehabilitated and its hiking trails improved.

- Two: energy efficiency, €1,000,000. Install photovoltaic panels and recharging points in public car parks.

- Three: digital transition, €200,000. Invest in digital transition; through the Data Observatory, collect information for tourism big data to enhance the destination and digital marketing.

- Four: competitiveness, €200,000. Promote local agri-food products. In this way, the primary sector, which generates a circular economy, will continue to be supported and promoted.

These plans are part of the state programme to modernise and improve tourist destinations. The programme has been prepared by the Secretary of State for Tourism with the participation of the autonomous communities and island and town councils. To that end, at the proposal of the Department of Economic Model, Tourism and Labour, the Governing Council has approved €36.3 million in direct subsidies for the island councils of Menorca, Formentera and Mallorca and various Balearic town councils. Formentera will receive €2,000,000.

23 May 2023
Office of Communication
Consell de Formentera

Formentera unveils record €38.4m budget for 2023: 13.5% bigger than in 2022

foto 2022xii pressupostToday Ana Juan, Alejandra Ferrer, Rafael Ramírez and Bartomeu Escandell (president, first vice president, third vice president and councillor of finance, respectively, of the Consell de Formentera) presented local government's 2023 budget. Total spending tops €38.4 million, marking a 13.5% increase from this year's budget of €33,835,500.

The president affirmed that the final year of the legislative term would see the Consell de Formentera managing the "highest budget in the history of this institution". "The administration's dual role as town and island council means we are essentially service providers", she said, "and that is the focus of this budget: continued deployment of the social policies that make up the DNA of our cabinet parties". The president highlighted more funding under the Councils Act –the total is now €11.4 million– and imminent final approval for Senalló 4.0, a project encompassing commerce, crafts and locally-focused policies which, though outside the scope of the 2023 budget, will receive €1.2 million in funding from the European Union.
Juan described the island's financial situation as "healthy" and declared that, in the face of the energy crisis and inflation, "we are prepared, if necessary, to direct everything at our disposal to support the people, freelancers and small businesses that need it most".

For her part, Vice President Ferrer stressed that behind the Consell de Formentera's largest ever budget were shared efforts by the two parties of the cabinet and asserted, "We have always worked in consensus for the sustainability of the island". Ferrer underscored "sustainability in terms of the local environment, but also in terms of people, and of striking a balance between the economy and quality of life of the residents we work to serve".

Councillor Escandell reviewed the evolution of the institution's budget since 2008, and traced its record size in 2023 to increased current transfers under legislation on funding for island councils, increased capital transfers from Next Generation EU funding, and the municipal administration's own improved fiscal efficiency. The spending plan also envisions 2023 roll-outs for new services like the old people's home and the scheme to regulate watercraft anchored at Estany des Peix. "We will also keep ramping up assistance for Formentera's fabric of associations, because despite the global crisis we face, the Consell de Formentera is a healthy, financially stable institution. Our budgetary deficit is still zero, with €6 million in strategic reserves to deal with externalities that may arise", said Escandell.

The councillor underscored €5.6 million in investment, including €380,000 (of €550,000 total) for a home for minors and €360,000 (of €1.5 million) to equip Es Ca Marí with sanitation. The investments will also translate into upgrades on Carrer Gregal in La Savina and at Sa Roqueta and funding to make Carrer de Santa Maria pedestrian only.

The budgets will continue to allocate resources to local production, with €270,000 to build an oil mill and €350,000 to develop the road network and improve road safety. In sport, a line item of €200,000 will mean new stands at the football pitch and new padel tennis courts. (The total budget of the two projects is approximately €1.5 million.)

In culture and heritage, €300,000 has been set aside for the Casa de la Roda Interpretation Centre in Ses Salines – half the total price-tag. Another €50,000 will go to the Espai Cultural de Sant Ferran, and €250,000 will go to rehabilitating Sa Capella de sa Tanca Vella and Can Ramon.

The budget also envisions €100,000 for new recycling plants and another €600,000 for solar panel-equipped pergolas in public car parks. One hundred thousand euros will be unlocked for projects in big data in tourism and €250,000 will go to technological infrastructure projects. Lastly, €325,000 will be allocated to the Participatory Budgets of the Consell d'Entitats.

15 December 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Presentation of Balearic budget on Formentera

foto 2022xii pressu governToday Rosario Sánchez, Balearic finance and foreign affairs minister, and Josep Marí, Balearic minister of mobility and housing, presented the new regional budgets to Ana Juan, Alejandra Ferrer, Susana Labrador, Rafael Ramírez and Bartomeu Escandell (the president, vice-presidents and finance councillor, respectively, of the Consell de Formentera). In the morning, the officials also met with and presented the spending plan to social and economic actors on the island.

In 2023 the Balearic Government's Formentera-specific spending will reach €25.4 million, a record high, with direct investment to grow and a historic €11.4 million to be allocated to finance the municipal government. These are some of the standout features of the Balearic Government's draft general budget for 2023, which, according to Minister Sánchez, is currently moving through parliament.

President Juan underscored features of the budget like "aid for stronger social cohesion, fiscal measures to deal with the effects of inflation and the energy crisis due to the war in Ukraine, and quality of life improvements for residents across the board". She also pointed up passage of an amendment presented by the deputy of Formentera, Antonio J. Sanz, for €120,000 to fund a new field of buoys for ecological moorings. "Work must be ongoing and include more policies to protect our sea", Juan asserted, "the goal being to gradually safeguard the entire coast of Formentera".

Among various lines of assistance, the officials underlined €0.6 million for a winter benefit of up to €600 for the unemployed, including eligibility for employees considered "fixed discontinuous".

Roughly 54 Formentera residents will benefit from a 15% increase in the guaranteed social income. Ultimately retained in the budget, the increase will mean 148 beneficiaries receive doubled dependency benefits in December and January. As well, roughly 26 local families will be able to forego co-pays at day centres and for home assistance, both essential for dependent individuals.

One line item which has continued to grow in recent years is localised spending, which in 2023 will hit €25.4 – 57%, or nearly €10 million, more than in 2022. This figure includes current and capital transfers to the Consell de Formentera, which next year will top €14 million, as well as close to €11 million of investment in government departments and companies and entities of the regional public sector (a year-on-year increase of 159%).

Additional investment will be funded through the Sustainable Tourism Fund (ITS) as part of the 2023 Plan, endorsed by the Commission late October, which will account for a total of €2.4 million for Formentera.

Particularly noteworthy are line items of €1.2 million to implement sewerage and upgrades at the tourism centre of Es Ca Marí, and €320,000 to guarantee Formentera's drinking water supply.

Funding increase
At €11.4 million, funding for Formentera reaches a new high, increasing €2.5 million from €8.9 million last year.

This is equivalent to an increase of 137%, or €6.6 million more, compared to the €4.8 million Formentera received in 2015.

Public housing and 061 base
Two point six million euros will go to build a development of 17 public housing units and €2.7 million to build a local emergency response base.

In education, the budget includes €326,000 to expand IES Marc Ferrer, as well as money to start drafting plans to expand CEIP El Pilar and to implement accessibility upgrades at CEIP Mestre Lluís Andreu.

In employment, €0.7 million euros will go to active employment policies for various local groups.

As for investments for the Balearic Energy Institute, the spending plan envisions a millon-euro storage project to make the island's electricity system more stable. In energy transition policies, plans envision continued installations of solar panels and other renewable energies in public spaces (€127,000); promoting self-consumption in public spaces of the region (€250,000) and opening an energy transition office (€141,517).

Water cycle and treatment plant
Next year substantial environmental investments will mean money to promote the water cycle, including by installing a new tank at the island's desalination plant (€885,035) and the start of plans to expand the wastewater treatment plant at year end, which will receive €4.6 million in total investment.

In agriculture, fishing and food, water quality improvements will come from a €200,000 investment in the Formentera reservoir, plans for which include regenerated water and efficiency upgrades in water pumping. Another point of interest for Eivissa and Formentera residents is an 103% increase in the basic, per-hectare payment under the new common agricultural policy (CAP).

The budget also forecasts investments through the regional public entity of telecommunications and innovation (IBETEC), including €716,667 for Formentera's channel-based provision of fibre optics and €188,376 for stations equipped with emergency services communication systems (TETRA).

Under the Graves Plan, approximately €80,000 will help put in motion phase two of plans to exhume Cementeri Nou in Sant Francesc and conduct a graves study at the historical cemeteries of Sant Francesc, La Mola and Es Pujols.

The budget also includes about €15,000 for travel grants which the Consell de Formentera awards university students; €75,000 for the Formentera Museum Foundation and Cultural Centre; €28,000 for the Ethnological Museum and €10,000 for the "Vive la cultura" programme.

2 December 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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