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Two round tables mark start of local government's bicentennial celebration

foto 2022x primer acte 200 CYesterday the Consell de Formentera's programme to commemorate 200 years of local government began with two round tables in the Sala de Cultura-Cinema. "Governing on Formentera: the last 39 years" was moderated by Pepo Rubio and attended by mayors Victor Tur, Vicent Escandell, Vicent Serra, Vicent Serra, Isidor Torres, Juan Manuel Costa, Jaume Ferrer, Alejandra Ferrer and Ana Juan Torres. Subsequently, "Transformation and conservation: Formentera's present" included representatives of social and community organisations and was moderated by Toni Ruiz. Participants included Jordi Crespo (Santa Maria Festival Commission), Maria Teresa Ferrer (OCB), Verónica López (AVIF), business owners Antònia Ferrer and Vicent Tur, historian Santi Colomar, Jamal el Mansouri (Centre Islàmic) and Lina Mayans (Consell de Formentera employee).

Ana Juan, president of the Consell, thanked the participants and the public for attending this first commemorative event: "It makes us very excited to organise this popular celebration and these round tables. We hope that they are very enriching spaces to exchange opinions and experiences, and must use them to think about and work towards a better island for generations to come".

Events will continue today Friday with a popular festival in Plaça de la Constitució with concerts and a barbecue from 8.30pm; Monday 24 October from 6.00pm with a look at the history of the island's government in the 'Ajuntament Vell' exhibition space with photographs, objects and documents (baton, municipal books, electoral rolls, budgets, etc.) and Thursday 27 October at 8.30pm, with a concert of contemporary music and dance/movement at the Sala de Cultura-Cinema.

In addition, 30 commemorative T-shirts were sold yesterday and others will be available for purchase at upcoming events. Proceeds go to benefit Formenterers Solidaris.

21 October 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Robert P. Hawkins donates four works from latest show to Consell de Formentera

foto 2022x r hawkins AAmerican painter and local resident Robert P. Hawkins has offered the Consell de Formentera four of the works featured in "Dibuixos i pintures del quiosc de n'Anselmo" this September at the Centre Antoni Tur 'Gabrielet'. Today President Ana Juan signed an agreement with the artist, who has exhibited work on the island since 1982, and praised Hawkins for his "lifelong artistic and human contribution to Formentera". Hawkins donated "Construction Anselmo I", "Construction Anselmo 11", "Tots junts" and "Sobre taula".

17 October 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera kicks off local government's bicentennial celebrations with round tables and community festivities

The Consell de Formentera is pleased to report that this week marks the start of a fortnight of programming by the Consell de Formentera to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the island's government. Ana Juan, Consell president, said the programme was designed to be a "popular celebration", as well as to "acknowledge the efforts of individuals who have dedicated part of their lives to serving the community".

Thursday 20 October at the Sala de Cultura (Cinema), the opening event includes two round tables. At 7.00pm, past mayors of the island will join moderator Pepo Rubio for "Governing on Formentera: the previous 39 years". At 8.30pm, Toni Ruiz will moderate a round table with representatives of associations and social agents on "Transformation and conservation: Formentera's present".

Community celebration on Friday with concerts and barbecue
The next event will take place in Plaça de la Constitució at 8.30pm, Friday. The evening starts with a concert in which Aires Formenterencs, Paquita Juan (from Can Jaume Porrosines), Paquita Juan (Paquita des Brolls), Luis Xomeu Juan, Tamara García, Cani Huertas, Sergi Gómez and Ermanno Panta tap into local heritage and celebrate the ties between the music of three cultures in the people of Formentera: traditional music, flamenco and Sicilian music.

At 10.00pm there will be a popular barbecue and then, around 11.00pm, a group of local musicians will perform an array of genres including funk, rock and Latin. Among the players are Genis Campillo, Mariano Menteguiaga, Nuno Alves and Pierra Alain, with other alternating musicians each bringing a change of musical style to the ensemble.

The Three Kings Association, the Santa Maria Festival Commission, the local chapter of Obra Cultural Balear and the Formentera Residents' Association as well as representatives of the local business sector and the island's Moroccan community are among the entities in Formentera's fabric of associations that either organised and took active roles hosting these events.

Commemorative T-shirts for charitable purposes
Throughout the various activities of the programme, commemorative bicentennial T-shirts will be sold to support Formenterers Solidaris. All proceeds from sales will be donated to the association.

24 and 27 October
The commemorative events will continue next week. Monday 24 October at Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell". A look at the history of the island's government, with photographs of municipal buildings, photos, objects and documents (baton, municipal books, electoral rolls, budgets, etc.) and Thursday 27 October at 8.30pm, a commemorative concert of contemporary music and dance/movement at Sala de Cultura (Cinema). Works composed by Hugh Levick will be interpreted by musicians Mario Molina (piano), Catalina Sureda (violin) and Esteban Belinchón (cello); with interpretive movement performances from Valeria del Vecchio and Pablo Arias.

17 October 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera celebrates local police with special tribute

foto 2022x dia policia local BToday the Consell de Formentera paid its annual tribute to local police forces. Officers of Formentera Local Police (PLF) were celebrated and awards were presented to two officers for more than 15 years of service, and to two officers and the local chief for participation in an operation targeting drugs sales.

President Ana Juan congratulated the officers and highlighted the gratitude of Formentera's government and its people: "For their dedication to making our lives better, for the task isn't easy". Juan underscored coordination this summer between various forces of law and order: "Thanks go to both departments. It is clear that remarkable milestones that can be achieved through inter-agency coordination", she said, encouraging the island's security forces "to continue the commitment to public service that they show islanders day in and day out".

For his part, Josep Marí, councillor of interior, congratulated honourees and applauded extra work by the entire force this summer to provide service 24 hours a day and cover night shifts. Marí reviewed recent efforts to make the island safer, such as intervening in parties, clamping down on street vending and illegal camping, overseeing traffic stops and engaging in special operations when a boat arrives with migrants.

In accordance with the PLF's Organisation and Operation Regulation, PLF agents Marc Roig Ferrer and Marc Aragay Torres received medals for more than 15 years of upstanding service.

Merit crosses and green badges were likewise delivered to Carlos Malberti Moragón, Marc Aragay Torres and PLF chief Félix Ramos Perez, per article 131 of Decree 40/2019 (24 May) which established adoption of the Framework Regulation for coordination between local police departments in the Balearics.

The men received these honours for successful completion of an operation helmed by the Civil Guard in collaboration with PLF which led to the arrest of two people for drug sales and trafficking. The officers' participation was key to dismantling one of the most important points of sale of drugs on Formentera and intervening in an apartment used for prostitution.

The event, held at Hotel Formentera Playa, was also attended by Enrique Sánchez Navarrete, director of central government affairs in the Pine Islands, members of the National Police and Civil Guard, as well as Vice President Alejandra Ferrer, cabinet and opposition councillors, representatives of Eivissa law enforcement forces and family and friends of the PLF.

2 October 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera hosts first Pine Islands training course for local police

foto 2022ix formacio ebap CToday at Antoni Blanc Sports Centre, 15 local police officers from Eivissa and four from Formentera took part in a day of training as part of the Technical and Police Proficiency module of cadets' basic training. The course is organised by the Balearic School of Public Administration (Escola Balear d'Administració Pública, EBAP) in coordination with Formentera Local Police.

Ana Juan and Josep Marí, president and councillor of interior of the Consell de Formentera, respectively, along with Chief Félix Ramos, were on hand at the sports centre for the training, which was held on Formentera today for the first time. The president welcomed the fact that the training was being held locally, which she tied to "a long-standing request that today has become a reality". "This marks progress in the training and necessary stability that we offer agents, which ensures better service for islanders", she said.

Councillor Marí expressed satisfaction that after many years of petitioning the training was finally taking place on the island. "Not having to travel to Mallorca makes the work of our agents and applicants a lot easier", he said. "It makes the training process becomes faster and more efficient".

The day's training lasted ten hours and was part of the 43rd round of basic local police training.

Last year the Balearic Government, Consell de Formentera and municipalities of Eivissa signed an agreement to decentralise the basic training that accredits cadets from the Pine Islands to join local police forces.

1 October 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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