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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

Diana Bustamante's "Des de la mar" settles in at "Ajuntament Vell"

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that "Ajuntament Vell" exhibition space will welcome Diana Bustamante's "Des de la mar" between 1 and 11 June.

After a string of runs in nine cities, including Eivissa and Dènia, since 3 July 2020, this travelling display will land on the island of Formentera to spotlight coastal Mediterranean landscapes and the occasional scene from the Atlantic shores of Galicia. Featured locations such as Ses Illetes, Es Vedrà, Dalt Vila and Benirràs are well known to residents of the Pine Islands.

In her paintings, Bustamante tackles abstract expressionism with a voice all her own by synthesising forms with distinctly Mediterranean, luminous chromatics of greens, blues and earth tones. Her hallmark vision leaves visitors of the exhibition dreaming of landscapes, the sea and its surroundings.

The Madrid-born artist with a degree in fine arts lives in Santa Eulària des Riu, where she grew up. Coastal landscapes, halfway between abstract painting and eastern-inspired figuration, have anchored Bustamante's studies.

The exhibition will open at 8.00pm on Tuesday 31 May. "Ajuntament Vell" exhibition space is open from 11.00am to 2.00pm and 7.00pm to 9.00pm, Monday to Saturday.

The gallery is closed on Sundays, holidays and Monday mornings.

27 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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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

S'Estany des Peix footbridge lowered

foto 2022 estany rebaixaThis morning the Tragsatec company began adapting the pontoon footbridge at S'Estany des Peix to reduce its visual impact. To ensure the structure's continued functionality and keep users safe, crews will follow technical criteria as they lower the current footbridge 40 cm while alternative measures are studied. A natural stone finish will be applied to pillars of the structure.

28 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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