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Formentera offers visitors 24-hour FAQ service via WhatsApp

The Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to announce that the WhatsApp-driven information service it offers to visitors in seven languages is now available 24 hours a day. Previously, this service was only available during office hours, but now, thanks to a computerised system of frequently asked questions, information can be provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Individuals who wish to be attended by a person may contact the service Monday to Friday 8.00am to 3.00pm (except holidays).

Alejandra Ferrer, vice-president and councillor of tourism, said, "This is the 21st century, and we are committed to these communication tools that are so widespread among the population". She explained, "The goal is to reach and serve as many visitors as possible and offer them information that makes their stay on the island more satisfactory. It also means we can publicise year-round activities that don't revolve around the sun and the beach".

The service can be reached at 607 111 716, and further information can be found on the Consell de Formentera website and at tourist information points. Today, five years after Formentera unveiled its free WhatsApp-powered questions hotline, a wide array of information is available, including details on cultural events, the opening hours of heritage sites, conditions at beaches and more. The service is offered in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian, German and Dutch. Telephone calls are not answered.

9 August 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera Local Police continue efforts to stop illegal house parties

foto 2022vii venda ambulantFrom Thursday to Sunday, Formentera Local Police (Policia Local de Formentera, PLF) responded to 13 illegal house parties on the island, and cited 28 violations of municipal ordinances on the environment, health and pollution. In accordance with legislation on public safety, 26 reports were issued involving disobedience and obstruction of an officer of the law. The department additionally cited 27 vehicles for obstructing the roadway or access to dwellings.

PLF are now making arrangements with estate agencies and property owners, who are required to register guests, to identify and fine guests who refuse to identify themselves pursuant to the law. PLF applauded certain owners for their collaboration. At four of thirteen parties, guests were dispersed when PLF officers arrived on the scene.

On 30 July, PLF and Civil Guard began collaborating on nightly sunset patrols near Es Cavall d'en Borràs to prevent parties in the nature reserve.

Ana Juan and Josep Marí, president and interior councillor of the Consell de Formentera, respectively, praised PLF officers for their tireless work this summer to stop unlawful parties, as well as agents of the Civil Guard and the Citizen Safety Unit of the Civil Guard (USECICO) for their special efforts to keep islanders safe.

Itinerant vending
From May to 7 August, PLF reported 185 cases of itinerant vending. The Consell de Formentera has launched an educational push under the slogan "Protect local commerce: say NO to itinerant vending!" Fruit, drinks, clothing, accessories and jewellery sold on beaches are not subject to legally mandated food and quality controls and represent unfair competition for Formentera businesses.

8 August 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

New research grant for local research to reclaim women's place in history

The Formentera Office of Equality is pleased to report that, until 6 September, islanders are invited to apply for a new grant for research recognising the historical role women of all ages on Formentera.

Ana Juan, the president and councillor of equality, was proud to unveil a grant that "promotes scientific research around equality and the recognition of women's role in history". The grant recipient will receive €8,000.

This grant is included among the objectives and actions set out in Formentera's First Plan for Gender Equality (2019-2022). Pillar 3: Towards a more egalitarian culture, and objective 3.1: Increase training around gender mainstreaming.

This grant is open to adults with a bachelor's degree or higher. Applicants may apply individually or as part of a research team.

The grant will be awarded on a competitive basis and the rules have been published in the Official Gazette of the Balearic Islands (BOIB) and Consell de Formentera website.

Applications may be submitted in person at the Citizen Information Office (OAC) or electronically through the Virtual Citizen Information Office (OVAC).

8 August 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Assumption of Mary

The Three Kings Association has put together the following activities programme to celebrate the Assumption of Mary (Festes de la Mare de Déu d'Agost).

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