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Formentera passes new code of practice to guide use of language within Consell de Formentera

foto 2022v pleIn a plenary assembly held today, members of the Consell de Formentera cabinet (GxF and PSOE) overcame the opposition (Sa Unió) to endorse initial approval of the Regulations on Language Use.

Raquel Guasch, Councillor of Language Policy, described the objective of this new regulation as "to review, modify and update the code approved in 2001 by the Ajuntament d'Eivissa i Formentera". The Councillor pointed out that "in this process of linguistic normalisation, the Consell must be the actor that drives, leads, continues and supports our multicultural society". Guasch called the new regulation "ambitious" in that "it proposes language clauses in public contracts, and establishes new criteria to make progress on the challenges facing language standardisation with courageous public policies". Now the agreement will undergo public consultation so that complaints, objections and observations can be submitted.

Home for under-12s and stabilisation of the workforce

Additionally, plenary members learned of the definitive approval of a residence for at-risk minors. This home, according to Rafael Ramírez, Councillor of Social Welfare, is for children under 12 who are unprotected. It will be located in the island's health and social services hub, next to the Formentera Day Centre [Centre de Dia], and will have capacity for ten children. "Children in foster care will get individualised and family care, which will provide a better environment for psychosocial care", said Ramírez.

Assembly members also learned of the agreement on the public offer of employment which aims to reduce temporary employment in the public administration. This offer was agreed in negotiations with the unions and will involve the stabilising 242 jobs of civil servants and staff corresponding to fifty-nine different groups and categories within the Consell de Formentera.

Report from Bartomeu Escandell

Today the Councillor of Economy, Taxes and General Services spoke before the assembly and explained that the areas he manages constitute "the backbone of municipal activity". Also in Escandell's remit are the municipal government's legal services, secretariat, procurement, the various administrative registers and services at the Citizen Information Office [Oficina d'Atenció Ciutadana].

Escandell asserted that the Consell's finances are in order and its economic capacity consolidated, which has made it possible to face the challenges of the pandemic while continuing with the ordinary activity of the Consell and the deployment of all services. "Now, the financial challenge as we face the greatest crisis of our time is to maintain the capacity to provide comprehensive services and stand beside the people who need it most", he added. The councillor also explained that, thanks to the pandemic, the Consell has made the most of teleworking, which, rather than replace traditional modes of working, will complement them. Lastly, the councillor praised staff of the island administration for their professionalism and work "because with their dedication they make a better Consell de Formentera every day".

Official proclamation on LGTBI-phobia

Finally, Ana Juan, President and Councillor of Equality, presented a proclamation on the occasion of the day against LGBTI-phobia (May 17), which was unanimously approved. Juan highlighted "the firmest commitment to encourage people living on Formentera to do so without closets, without discrimination, with a constructive impulse to do away with all the barriers and taboos that still exist in our society today".

27 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Consell agrees to maintain beach services with previous concessionaires

Today the Consell de Formentera government commission agreed to let the previous awardees continue assuring the island's beachside services pending a solution for tender of seasonal service contracts from 2022 to 2027, when the service will be administered by new awardees.

This decision is supported by the technical services of the Formentera Office of Environment [Conselleria de Medi Ambient, CMAF], the legal services of the municipal government and a report prepared by professor of administrative law at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), Dr. Avel-lí Blasco Esteve. Today the island administration will begin the process of signing contracts with the previous administrators to offer the beach services as soon as possible.

26 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

General director of Civil Guard visits Formentera

foto 2022 visita guardia civilToday Ana Juan, president of the Consell de Formentera, met with María Gámez, director general of the Civil Guard, on a visit by Gámez to the local barracks of the law enforcement force. The meeting was also attended by Vice President Alejandra Ferrer, Councillor of Social Welfare Rafael Ramírez, Councillor of Interior Josep Marí and Alejandro Hernández, the head colonel of the Civil Guard in the Balearic Islands. Discussion at the encounter included the close ties between distinct administrations and collaboration among the diverse branch of law enforcement.

25 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

"No som fems, som gats" returns to raise awareness about abandoned cats

The Consell de Formentera would like to raise local awareness about increasing numbers of abandoned cats on the island. In recent weeks, kitten litters as well as other, apparently domesticated adult cats have been found in rubbish containers and ditches. A municipal ordinance prohibits the abandonment of animals and creates fines of €30 to €15,000 for violators of the rule.

For more information, contact the Consell de Formentera veterinary service (tel. 971 32 10 87, ext. 3164 / veterinari@conselldeformentera.cat).

25 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Consell orders removal of Estany des Peix footbridge

At noon today, the Consell de Formentera issued an order to halt work on the Estany des Peix footbridge, part of the project to regulate mooring at the lake. At noon, Ana Juan, President of the Consell, visited the site with the construction manager to assess the visual impact of the structure.

Following an emergency meeting, the cabinet asked for the footbridge to be removed while its minimum structural height for safety and accessibility reasons is assessed.

The Consell will seek to reduce the visual impact of the structure as much as possible.

20 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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