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Meeting with union representatives

reunio-ugt-consell premsav21Two Consell de Formentera councillors—Rafael Ramírez of the Management department and Paula Ferrer of human resources—met today with the chief officer for public sector employment of the General Union of Workers (UGT) in the Balearics. The day's encounter marked the first of its kind between Consell and a UGT official, and served to lay the groundwork for joint efforts ahead. Councillor Ferrer and Miguel Ángel Romero spoke with union delegates afterwards, where they agreed to hold periodic talks to address the range of everyday issues facing workers.

Councillor Ferrer hailed Romero's visit, and applauded the UGT for “130 years of fighting for workers' rights”. The Consell's human resources chief pledged, for her part, to “work with unions to make sure that the public administration works as it should”.


22 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

Educating islanders about itinerant vending

foto-rp-comerc--v2-5-Commerce councillor Ana Juan and Pep Mayans, the chair of Eivissa and Formentera's small and medium-sized business association (PIMEF), were joined today by CiF Commerce department specialist Amalia Mora and PIMEF rep Lidia Álvarez for the unveiling of a joint push to stop unauthorised peddlers from hawking products on Formentera.

Councillor Juan held up an accompanying brochure designed “to build awareness around the risks of making off-the-books purchases”. Often the perils are health-related, and stem from the fact that “products aren't submitted to any sort of screening”. The councillor pledged the Consell de Formentera would always defend small businesses—“those who are hardest hit by unfair competition”.

Pep Mayans described the initiative as “tackling the problem through education”. PIMEF has also saluted efforts by law enforcement to combat such sales.

5,000 brochures

Printed in Catalan, Castilian Spanish, English and Italian and currently being distributed around one hundred local stores, lodgings and beaches, the tracts highlight the benefits of buying local and the drawbacks of buying from unlicensed sellers.

According to Amalia Mora, recent weeks have seen the Formentera local police report 97 cases on island beaches—most involved fruit, and a smaller portion involved clothing, accessories and costume jewellery.


22 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

Crash course in 'urban dance' for kids and teens

dansa-urbana-cartell1The Consell de Formentera Youth Services department announces an intensive course on street dance for local youth will be held on Tuesday the 23rd and Wednesday the 24th . The Casal de Joves-sponsored event is open to 10- to 13-year-olds from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, and for youth 14 and up from 7.00pm to 8.30pm and again from 8.30pm to 10.00pm.

From 10.30pm on the 26th, as part of Sant Jaume festival day celebrations and Nit Jove—a night of dance specially tuned for younger islanders—participants in the free-for-Casal-members crash course will give a demonstration in plaça de la Constitució. Signups for Intensiu de Dansa Urbana are open to old and new members of the Casal, and islanders who wish to join can process their Casal membership application the same day as registration in the course.


19 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

Two weeks in, Consell takes stock of scheme to regulate vehicles on island

imatge-carretera-de-la-mola foThe CiF Mobility department wishes to report that there were 19,183 cars and motor scooters authorised for operation on local roads in July. The figure is an average, and accounts for tourists and island residents both, not to mention vehicles with special exemptions.

In July, 7,720 local drivers were given the go-ahead to use their cars. Similar accreditation went to 2,594 rental cars and 6,257 rental scooters. All three represent the average number of vehicles over the two weeks since the programme—the first of its kind in Spain—launched.

First permits run out
Starting with visitors who brought their compact car from Eivissa during the first two weekends of the month, motorists have already maxed out July quotas in each category. Additional applications from Eivissa drivers hoping to bring a vehicle to Formentera were processed under the more general visitors' category.

Eivissa residents also reached the limit on scooters during the first half of the month. Administration officials discovered some of those applicants had jobs on the island—a fact entitling them to authorisation in a different category. “These drivers were processed in the right category, once again leaving space for scooter riders from Eivissa”, explained mobility councillor Rafael González.

The councillor pointed out that ferry companies continue to collaborate in the measure by serving as an information source for visiting tourists. “This means that visitors are already familiar with the measure when they arrive—ticking the box on one of our top priorities in the programme's maiden year”. González seized the chance to remind islanders that they too must get permission to drive on Formentera in July and August, and that certification can be requested easily on www.formentera.eco.

The councillor said that a device at the entry/exit point on carrer Almadrava will continue to take readings of all incoming vehicle plate numbers. Though the priority this year is building awareness about the regulation scheme, legislation establishes a system of fines of between €1,000 and €10,000. Tourists who bring compact cars pay €1/day and €0.50/ day for scooters.

Authorised vehicles during the first half of July (average)

Cars (visiting drivers) 657
Scooters (visiting drivers) 97
Cars (Mallorca and Menorca residents) 91
Scooters (Mallorca and Menorca residents) 27
Electric vehicles (visiting drivers) 44
Hybrid vehicles (visiting drivers) 21
Cars (Eivissa residents) 211
Scooters (Eivissa residents) 20
Vehicles (Formentera residents) 7720
Vehicles (drivers with second residence on Formentera) 413
Vehicles (Eivissa residents employed on Formentera) 60
Vehicles (drivers with reduced mobility) 32
Vehicles (local businesses) 379
Vehicles (freight) 359
Official and public service vehicles 40
Vehicles for public good 124
Industrial machinery 32
Classic or historical vehicles 5
Rental cars 2,594
Rental bikes 6,257

Total 19,183

18 July, 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

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