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Ana Juan calls for a Constitution that "fits future generations" and "gives Formentera a voice"

foto 2021 dia constitucio AToday Ana Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera, in her commemorative address marking the 43rd anniversary of adoption of the Spanish Constitution, said the document must be "adapted to future generations and give Formentera a voice".

As part of a ceremony held in the assembly hall of local government, the President remarked: "If we want a world with the harmony and equilibrium that come with democracy, we need constitutional reforms that accommodate to the challenges we face as a society and which enable us to face these realities with guarantees and guardrails".

"Since Spain's current Magna Carta has been in place, Formentera has grown as a society, developed self-government and proven itself to be a strong society engaged in its future. We have found our voice, but must get it new impetus and move towards autonomy in decision-making". "Which is why", continued Juan, "the senator must be a figure who defends Formentera's needs in decisions that affect us".

The island's top official spoke of "challenges facing local youth". "We need be able to leave them an island that is more habitable and where access to housing is not a luxury", she insisted. "Training our focus on our natural heritage as we move forward will be imperative", she went on, offering that the task would require analysing "the mistakes in recent years that have led us to this level of saturation and risk", and pinning down areas of improvement "so we can ensure the future we want".

Juan asserted that today's society must "stand with the most needy, like those who arrive on our shores" and "stand up to the threats and hate speech which play on long dormant tropes, this discourse of hatred which would abolish many of the freedoms and rights we have gained: equality, LGTBI rights and the rights of those whose multiculturalism nourishes our society", she said.

To conclude the event, Xumeu Joan, a teacher at the School of Music and Dance of Formentera, and Hugo Escandell, a six-year-old pupil, gave a performance of traditional flute music.

6 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

COVID certificate, Formentera's latest measure to check pandemic, required from today

The Consell de Formentera reports that the Official Gazette of the Balearic Islands (Butlletí Oficial de les Illes Balears, BOIB) has published an agreement by the Governing Council which establishes that from today (4 December) until 24 January a "COVID certificate" will be required to enter clubs, bars, restaurants and establishments where celebrations are held with an indoor capacity in excess of 50 people.

Ana Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera, described the measure as "on target" and asserted it had been agreed with business and trade union representatives. She added that it "will give us greater security to control spread of the pandemic". President Juan stressed the measure was about "reducing the likelihood of contagion" and that it will "enable a greater reopening of one of the sectors which has been hit the hardest by the pandemic".

Formentera, like the rest of the Balearic Islands, is at tier 1 health alert and at this level COVID certificates are required to access the following establishments:
-Night clubs and dance halls
-Bars, cafés and pubs.
-Establishments with food, drinks and/or dancing where capacity exceeds 50 people.
-Restaurants with an indoor capacity in excess of 50 people, including spaces within tourist accommodations where food and drinks are served, sports facilities, recreational centres for the elderly and gambling/betting establishments.
-Other spaces which serve as nightclubs, dance halls and restaurants, and where indoor capacity exceeds 50 people.

President Juan pointed out that at this time of year on Formentera, few establishments fulfill the criteria in which requesting the COVID certificate is mandatory. The Consell has already given comprehensive information on the subject to the small- and medium-sized business group (Pimef) and Chamber of Commerce. It is also in contact with local law enforcement and has re-activated the 'Protect Formentera, for you and for everyone!' campaign.

Under the Governing Council agreement, access and COVID certificates must be controlled by locale owners or managers, who must also ask to see an ID card or another document establishing the holder's identity. At any given business, only one person shall check the documents and no corresponding records shall be kept. COVID certificates can be verified with a dedicated app available for download here.

President Juan closed by appealing to islanders to continue acting responsibly. "New infections are up and we must be cautious and responsible. I repeat, people need to be getting vaccinated. Vaccines have been shown to be the most effective tool to protect against COVID".

4 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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10 Formentera pupils start training course for youth activity leaders

foto 2021 inici curs formacioTen unemployed islanders aged 16 to 29 have started an occupational training course that the Formentera Office of Entrepreneurship is hosting for aspiring youth activity leaders. The classes are subsidised by the training and employment division of the regional jobseekers' office.

On a visit yesterday, Ana Juan, President and Councillor of Entrepreneurship of the Consell de Formentera, welcomed participants and said she hoped that the course, part-training and part-employment, would be useful to them.

Now that the established quorum has been met, the course will offer participants a combination of theory-based learning in the morning and hands-on activities in various centres of the Consell de Formentera in the afternoon.

26 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera calls for a new plan to tackle the pine processionary blight and improve the postal service

foto 2021 xi ple AAt the November plenary assembly of the Consell de Formentera, the body passed two cabinet proposals calling on the Balearic government to develop a new management plan for the pine processionary pest, and another to guarantee local provision of the state postal service, Correos. Also, for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the assembly observed a moment of silence for victims.

Pine processionary

Councillors came together in support of a proposal from Antoni Tur, Councillor of Environment, urging the Balearic Directorate General of Natural Spaces and Biodiversity to take appropriate steps to draft and budget for a Formentera-specific plan for natural control of the pine processionary from 2022 to 2025. Councillor Tur affirmed that "the most effective technical solution is helicopter dustings over affected woodland, including near the coast and wetlands".

Defending the postal service

Councillors delivered cross-party backing to a proposed agreement defending the public postal service on Formentera. Bartomeu Escandell, Councillor of General Services, described the measure as "pressing the relevant bodies and administrations to guarantee a quality public service for the island" and said cuts in recent years were behind the local public service's scaling back to morning operations at the Correos office in Sant Francesc.

Councillors urged Sociedad Correos y Telegrafos (SAE), Sociedad Estatal de Participaciones Industriales (SEPI), the Ministries of Finance and Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda and the State Government to take necessary steps to ensure the uninterrupted provision of postal services on Formentera: covering structural posts that have been eliminated; regulating working conditions to ensure sufficient human resources for replacements when employees are ill or on leave or on holiday, and maintaining funding commitments to guarantee a proper postal service, including mail delivery five days a week as dictated by the European postal directive.

Historical archives

Cabinet leadership struck consensus with Sa Unió councillors on that group's proposal regarding the island's historical archives, agreeing that the future plan to reorganise buildings where the Consell de Formentera serves the public should include a rethinking of the archive's current location. Assembly members also backed a measure pressing local government to digitalise existing documentation and ask the Eivissa archives to facilitate files pertaining to Formentera. Raquel Guasch, Councillor of Heritage, highlighted efforts this legislature to adapt the local archive and order its holdings to optimise the service which is delivered to the public. Additionally, she remarked on the ongoing digitalisation -1,600 documents and counting- of the Image and Sound Archive.

Butane and propane gas

Plenary representatives also handed unanimous support to a Sa Unió proposal to again urge the butane and propane gas supply company to restore the full distribution on Formentera of this essential resource and reinforce technical and human resources to ensure every islander can have butane and propane delivered to their home. Councillors additionally called on the Balearic government to open an informative dossier on the situation.

Department report from Alejandra Ferrer

During her annual appearance today as Vice-President and Councillor of Tourism Planning and Promotion, Alejandra Ferrer also spoke about her work during ten months as President. She divided her efforts over the last 12 months into two categories: public health, "which found us continuously adapting to new situations to keep islanders safe", and the economy: "And the economy depends on what happens in public health, although it has made leaps and bounds thanks to assistance and a smooth summer".

"Showing the rest of Spain and the world that we could handle this was a team effort, and that helped us during the 2021 season", said Ferrer, who insisted that "as we move ahead to 2022 we will keep taking steps to be the safest possible destination".

And the deputy premier and tourism chief stressed that "once more this summer showed us how urgently Formentera requires measures that fit our needs and our carrying capacity as an island and as a port, in ways that put the environment, our heritage and islanders' quality of life first every time". Pointing to rising numbers of day-trips and changing driving habits and needs, Ferrer insisted, "This winter we will have to chart our course of action together so we can keep progressing and tackle the negative effects and feelings of summertime saturation". "Ultimately, the priorities are clear. We will keep working for a sustainable Formentera where the most important thing is people and their quality of life", she concluded.

Official proclamations

Lastly, an official proclamation for World Children's Day, 20 November, secured backing from Gent per Formentera-PSOE cabinet members and Sa Unió representatives. The text highlighted challenges that lie ahead in the effort to make children's rights a reality and pledged to continued measures to: keep children's rights at forefront of political activity; invest in mental health; ensure safe, responsible and critical use of technology; address the climate crisis and engage with children and adolescents via real, active and constant listening. "Formentera is staying on the path set by the 2030 Agenda", held Vanessa Parellada, Councillor of Youth, who presented the proclamation. She signalled that "our children at the centre of the response to these challenges".

The second proclamation was presented jointly by all groups with plenary representation and by Ana Juan, President of the Consell and Councillor of Equality, for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The text reiterates "the Consell's commitment to tackle gender-based violence against women and against their daughters and sons".

"We cannot resign ourselves accept the painful daily tragedy of gender-based violence", said Juan, who offered, "This is a knock-on effect, not a foregone conclusion", she continued, and cited the United Nations insistence that persisting unequal power relations between women and men constitute "a silent crisis". President Juan closed her declaration by asserting "only a society where women do not suffer violence because they are women can be considered free, only a democracy free of male violence is a full democracy".

25 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Presenting the 2021 Tourism Satisfaction Barometre

foto 2021 presentacio barometre

Alejandra Ferrer, the Vice President and Councillor of Tourism, together with Catalina Ramis, Data Observatory Department Technian, presented the results of the Tourism Satisfaction Barometre today in the Sala de Cultura (Cinema). This barometre is based on nearly 2,500 surveys seeking to gauge tourists' degree of satisfaction and analyse potential threats Formentera faces as a destination as well as its strengths to take measures that can best satisfy tourists and islanders alike. "Indeed, the two groups often concur", explained Councillor Ferrer.

Beaches, landscape and climate continue to rank among visitors' favourite aspects of Formentera, with a particularly noteworthy increase in visitors' sense of tranquility. The Vice President pointed out that the feeling of saturation in the island's ability to accommodate people and vehicles, together with high prices, continue to rank among visitors' least favourite aspects of Formentera. But Ferrer stressed that "overall satisfaction remains above 99%...99.2%, which is exceptional". The most prevalent visitors were from mainland Spain, followed by Italian.

Additionally, Alejandra Ferrer explained that rankings of visits to heritage and cultural sites went up as well, along with gastronomy, local cuisine, sports and other activities long the subject of promotion. Likewise, the number of repeat visitors is high: more than 60% of visitors come back and have done so for more than ten years. Satisfaction with service from staff at lodgings and restaurants has improved, Ferrer said. "Across the board, measures related to COVID-19 have meant visitors feel better cared for, and this may be a chance to see to it those measures well established, if not compulsory". The tourism councillor remarked that the business of regulating the number of day visitors to the island remained unfinished. "The figure is very high and generates a feeling of saturation", Ferrer said. "Day visitors want to see everything in a few hours, and they frequently travel in vehicles, which means, the number of vehicles and people being constant, islanders and overnight tourists' feeling of saturation is intensified".

The meeting was also attended by President Ana Juan, who underscored, first, "the work done by staff at the Data Observatory and the Formentera Office of Tourism to develop a diagnosis "that will tell us where we are doing well and where we can improve". She noted that the season "was good, but in certain periods we had the perception of saturation on our roads and beaches; this is insight that we will consider as we work on future initiatives to improve this situation, strike a balance on that perception on the part of residents and tourists".

18 November 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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