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Formentera asks to join Eivissa Airport Routes Committee to defend local connectivity

President Ana Juan has asked the Government of the Balearic Islands to let the Consell de Formentera join the Eivissa Airport Routes Committee (CDRAE), a body with representation from the Consell d'Eivissa, the town councils of Eivissa, the central government's envoy in the Balearic Islands and organisations such as AENA. In the words of President Juan, Formentera's inclusion in this committee would give the island "a say in the connections between Eivissa airport and mainland Spain and international destinations".

In a letter, President Juan reminded Josep Marí Ribas, Balearic Minister of Mobility, that "the only air travel from Formentera to the mainland and abroad is through the airport of our neighbouring island of Eivissa. Due to the compounded situation of insularity we face, Formentera residents' dependence on Es Codolar airport means we are in thrall to the vicissitudes of flight connections".

For this reason, the Consell is requesting to join the CDRAE so that "our island is represented in the decisions affecting both national and international flight schedules". The scheduling of these connections must guarantee year-round connectivity and they also have a direct impact on Formentera as a tourist destination, the island's main economic industry.

Formation and objectives

Airport Route Committees emerged in 2011 as an initiative of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport to create a single space for dialogue where central, regional and local administrations, together with the business sector, participate in decision-making that directly affects airport connectivity. In this way, all stakeholders can participate in promoting air transport.

The objectives of the committee are to advocate for actions to strengthen and guarantee year-round air connectivity, with collaboration from the various airlines, and to establish flight routes in accordance with needs on each of the islands.

28 April 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Ana Juan meets with representatives of the beach concessionaires association

foto 2022 kiosquers

Today Ana Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera, met with representatives of the island's beach concessionaires to explain first-hand the status of the process of awarding beach concessions for this season, as the Consell has already reported publicly in recent days. It should be noted that tendering process is public and still ongoing.

President Juan also informed her interlocutors of the governing committee's decision to ask the contracting committee to review the economic viability reports of each of the bids and to request a certificate of actual ownership from the companies presented in the public tender.

14 April 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Tender of concessions to operate seasonal beach services

The Consell de Formentera reminds all that the tender of permits to operate seasonal services on Formentera beaches is an open process. Bidders –both individuals and companies– will now be required to submit documentation to demonstrate their fulfilment of all related requirements. Proposals must subsequently be approved by the Government Commission, followed by a 10-day period of public consultation, at which point the Consell de Formentera will have 15 days to make the final decision.

The administration wishes to stress that the procedure is carried out at all times in accordance with the law and the principle of free competition.

11 April 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Firefighters-in-training complete placements on Formentera

foto 2022 practiques bombersThe Formentera Office of Interior reports that two students of the emergencies and civil protection training programme at the CIFP Francesc de Borja Moll in Palma are completing placements with the Formentera Fire Brigade. Students must complete 400 hours of workplace training, where they learn to perform basic firefighting tasks as well as prevention and maintenance work.

11 April 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

With exhumation at Sant Francesc cemetery, search begins for the remains of victims of Formentera prison

foto 2022 exhumacio AThis Wednesday, the Balearic Government has started efforts to exhume Sant Francesc cemetery in an effort to locate the remains of the individuals who lost their lives at Es Campament penitentiary in La Savina.

According to documentation of the day and a study carried out by Eivissa historian Antoni Ferrer Abárzuza as part of the Second Graves Plan of the Balearic Government, 58 individuals —in most cases from Extremadura and Murcia, but to a lesser extent from Madrid, Catalonia, the Canary Islands, Valencia and the Balearic Islands— died at the penitentiary between 1940 and 1942 due to food shortages and unhygienic and unsanitary conditions.

The first day of exhumation work was attended by Ana Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera; Alejandra Ferrer, Vice President of the Consell; Jesús Jurado, Secretary of Productive Sectors and Democratic Memory of the Balearic Government; Rafael Ramírez, Councillor of Social Welfare; Raquel Guasch, Councillor of Heritage; Marc Andreu Herrera, Balearic Director General of Democratic Memory, and Lluís Ruiz and Artur Parrón, President and Vice President of the Eivissa-Formentera Forum for Memory and members of the Graves and Disappeared Persons Commission.

"Restoring victims' dignity"

President Juan shared her hope that "the work started this week will lead to uncovering the remains, certifying what the historical studies tell us and, above all, restoring dignity to the 58 who died in the penitentiary of La Savina and to their families". The President applauded the shared efforts of administrations and the Eivissa-Formentera Forum for Memory.

"The goal is to find and identify them, return them to their families and recover their memory", explained Secretary Jurado, who described the process as "opening up the graves in order to close the wounds". "This is a democratic debt that is still outstanding", Jurado continued, "and we are absolutely committed to righting it".

The aforementioned study, together with the testimonies and documentation collected by memorial associations, indicates that the remains could be buried in the neighbouring cementeri nou in Sant Francesc, located just 3 km from the Franco regime's military colony.

This Tuesday, to confirm whether the individuals who died at the prison were buried at the Sant Francesc cemetery, and whether their mortal remains are still where they were buried, the Aranzadi Science Society began taking steps to perform the exhumation, an intervention included in the Balearic Government's Third Plan for Graves of the Civil War and Francoism 2021-2022.

Crews will begin their efforts at the esplanade of earth in front of the main gate of Sant Francesc cemetery, specifically between rows 1 and 6 on the right side, and they will work under old tombs currently in disuse from between the 1960s and 1980s. This area was indicated as a possible burial place of victims, both by the testimonies gathered during the search and the gravedigger at the cemetery.

Additional work will be conducted in an area that was pointed up as a possible burial site by the Eivissa-Formentera Forum for Memory and included in the Map of Graves of the Balearic Government. That site is a little farther west, in front of a block of columbaria.

The regional government, in collaboration with Eivissa-Formentera Forum for Memory and other memorial associations, researchers and specialists including the Aranzadi Science Society, and the Junta de Extremadura, has already begun looking for DNA of relatives who can help to name the victims of Franco's regime who died at the La Savina camp and were buried in Sant Francesc's cementeri nou.

This is the second time that the Balearic Government participates in a local exhumation. The first was in 2017, when the Eivissa-Formentera Forum for Memory called for an exhumation at the parish cemetery of Sant Ferran. Those operations were carried out by the Aranzadi Science Society with grants from the Balearic Government and the collaboration of the Consell de Formentera.

30 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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