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Nova acció concertada amb Ràdio Illa

rsz foto equip de radio illaEl president del Consell de Formentera, Jaume Ferrer, ha signat amb el president de l'Associació Cultural Audiovisual de Formentera (ACAF), Álvaro Raúl Méndoza, l’acció concertada entre la institució insular i aquesta associació per la producció de continguts de l’emissora pública de Formentera, Ràdio Illa.

El president ha mostrat la seva satisfacció “per poder signar una vegada més aquest acord” i ha explicat que per aquest 2018 es concedeix una dotació de 50.000 euros “perquè Ràdio Illa pugui continuar desenvolupant els continguts de la ràdio pública tant a nivell qualitatiu, com quantitatiu”. Ferrer ha destacat la feina que “des de fa anys duu endavant l’emissora pública, i el conseqüent reconeixement dins el món institucional i per part dels ciutadans que té”, un reconeixement a la seva dedicació que enguany els ha fet mereixedors del Premi Comunicació Onda Cero Eivissa 2018 i del Premi d’Honor Somriu 2018 per la seva tasca radiofònica de proximitat.

El president d’ACAF ha fet un agraïment especial al Consell de Formentera pel suport que diposita en l’emissora, però també als seus oients, i als treballadors que la fan possible. Mendoza ha recordat que “Ràdio illa s’ha convertit en la ràdio de referència dels formenterers, i volem seguir treballant per informar i continuar mereixent-nos la confiança dels nostres oients”.

El president del Consell de Formentera, Jaume Ferrer, ha signat amb el president de l'Associació Cultural Audiovisual de Formentera (ACAF), Paco Pérez, l’acció concertada entre la institució insular i aquesta associació per la producció de continguts de l’emissora pública de Formentera, Ràdio Illa. La signatura s’ha produït avui a les 12.00 hores a la Sala de Plens del Consell.

Visita Neus Mateu, directora insular de l’Estat

Foto Neus Mateu 1El president del Consell de Formentera, Jaume Ferrer i la vicepresidenta primera, Susana Labrador, han rebut avui a na Neus Mateu, nova directora insular de l’Estat, en la seva primera visita a Formentera. Posteriorment, s’ha celebrat una reunió de treball on s’han tractat especialment els temes més importants cara a garantir la seguretat a l’illa en els mesos d’estiu.

Per part del Consell, el president Jaume Ferrer ha traslladat a la nova directora la necessitat de poder comptar per a aquest estiu amb reforç de la Guàrdia Civil de trànsit i de la Guàrdia Civil de la mar, de la que Ferrer ha destacat que “l’any passat, per primera vegada, va tenir seu al Port de la Savina, i va desenvolupar una funció molt important per a exercir un millor control de la gran quantitat d’embarcacions que tenim fondejades i que transiten per les nostres costes”. Així mateix, el president del Consell ha recalcat la importància de poder disposar de tots els efectius de la benemèrita durant tota la temporada d’estiu, “entenem que la col·laboració entre els efectius de la Guàrdia Civil i la Policia Local, sobretot quan tenim falta d’efectius en algun dels dos cossos, és imprescindible per donar el servei que l’illa precisa, tant als residents com als que ens visiten”.

Per la seva banda, la directora insular de l’Estat ha volgut destacar els bons resultats obtinguts amb les investigacions posteriors als robatoris patits a vàries propietats l’any passat, “es van efectuar diverses detencions i no hi ha hagut moltes més denúncies. Esperem seguir amb els reforços i que la situació millori encara més”, ha declarat Mateu, que s’ha mostrat també optimista en quant a la resolució de les perquisicions referents als incendis de Cala Saona i ha confirmat l’establiment de nou aquest estiu d’una base de la Guàrdia Civil de la mar a Formentera alhora que ha advocat per seguir amb els reforços d’estiu i per la continuïtat de la coordinació entre Policia Local i Benemèrita.

Aquests temes es tractaran més àmpliament a la propera junta de seguretat, a celebrar el mes vinent.

Council officials face investigation into 2013 contracting of firefighters

On April 24 the Formentera Council's president, Jaume Ferrer, and chief officer, Isidor Torres, will testify before the number-three investigating judge of Eivissa concerning alleged administrative wrongdoing in the 2013 contracting of staff to the island's fire brigade.

The hearing arose from the original 2016 ruling against the Council which turned confusion as to how much time would-be firefighters were given to obtain lorry permits into a red flag for the prosecutor about possible criminal offences.

Still in proceedings, the case has been reviewed by the high court of the Balearic Islands, which ordered the original claim of damages cut in half and supported the Council's request to have the case heard before the Supreme Court.

Justification for termination

The plaintiff requests pay for a period from 2013-2015, during which time he occupied the Council's list of reserve staff despite the fact his services were not retained. He is also party to further litigation against the Formentera Council involving compensation for work that was, again, never actually completed.

In January 2017, one year into his employment with the Council, the plaintiff declined to extend his contract. Subsequently, he sought reimbursement for damages based on the allegation that he had been wrongfully terminated, a claim which was ultimately rejected by the court.

These facts notwithstanding, the Formentera Council contracted the plaintiff once again in January 2018, citing a lack of other eligible candidates on its list of reserve staff. The plaintiff asked to end his contract on February 24, one and a half months after starting. The president and chief officer's testimonies will come two months after that termination.

'Earning without working'

The president and chief officer of the Council have both described the plaintiff as “someone who wants to receive money without working for it”. They have voiced their hopes that the related proceedings do not sully the image of the rest of Formentera's firefighters, who are, in their words, “out and out professionals whose efforts on the island are crucial”.

President Ferrer's handling of the 2013 incident was in accordance with technical reports drafted on the subject. Torres, for his part, began employment with the Council in 2015, two years after the period of time in question.

Formentera announces six openings on local police force

Foto policia localThe Formentera Council has issued a call for applicants to fill six positions on the island's police force. The offer was published yesterday (Thursday) on the regional gazette, the BOIB.

Conditions of access, including details about the competitive exam that candidates must pass, can be viewed on the Council's website (www.consellinsulardeformentera.cat) or at this link. The posting is for career civil servants specialising in law enforcement.

On a related note, the Council has lined up a series of talks and training sessions for prospective applicants. The sessions, which go from 6.00pm to 8.00pm, begin Tuesday, March 27 in the culture department's hall of ceremonies (Sala d'Actes) and will continue every Tuesday  till May 15. The sessions will be suspended on May 1, which is a bank holiday.

President's office secretary Bartomeu Escandell described the call for applicants as “crucial to making sure the local force has the manpower needed to provide a decent service for residents and visitors”.

At present, roughly ten of the force's 18 positions are filled.

Formentera supports hitching pensions to upturns in RPI

Foto ple mar 018 1Today, council members met for the administration's March plenary session. The gathering was marked by cross-party support for a set of guidelines giving structure and substance to joint action between the Formentera Council and the local cultural audiovisual association. The framework concerns production of content for the island's public radio station, Ràdio Illa, an independent, public and high-quality source of news about current events and activities organised locally.

Other proposed measures
Members of the assembly gave their approval to a Gent per Formentera (GxF) measure to urge the central government to contemplate tweaking pensions based on rising retail price indices. The PP abstained from the vote.

One measure from the PSOE to get the go-ahead called for repealing the so-called “Montoro Bill”, allowing local administrations to invest their surplus and hire new staff. “Yes” votes came from GxF, PSOE and Compromís council members while PP reps abstained.

Yearly review
Closing out the day's session, social welfare secretary Vanessa Parellada took the floor to review her department's action in 2017. She highlighted her office's commitment to families and underprivileged populations with initiatives:
providing support for the elderly and dependent individuals; protecting minors; developing new youth-positive policy; giving visibility and integrating people with disabilities; promoting equality. She underscored the Office of Social Welfare's renewed commitment to things like lifelong learning, employment and support towards integration for new arrivals to the island.

As for human resources, Parellada described her department's current phase of work as one of consolidation. The secretary said this meant continuing work with unions to regulate and cement local control over new positions within the Council, plus posting details about the jobs to the administration's website. Parellada also spoke about investment in new facilities. One building now under construction is the island's tanatori, or funeral home. Another, an assisted living residence, is currently up for tender.

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