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Consell partners with Livestock Farmers of Formentera to promote animal health and improve production systems in 2021

foto 2021 conveni ramadersConsell de Formentera premiere Alejandra Ferrer and the president of the Livestock Farmers of Formentera (Associació de Ramaders de Formentera, ARF), Juan Antonio Yern, have signed a deal to support the local livestock sector on animal health and improved production systems in 2021. The gathering was also attended by primary sector chief Josep Marí and farmers’ co-op manager Carlos Marí.

Under the arrangement, which must be renewed yearly, local government will put up €37,000 to benefit animal production and health, while ARF pledges to support production, animal welfare and efforts to identify animals on Agrupació de Defensa Sanitària-affiliated farms. ARF will additionally implement the jointly accorded provisions of the yearly Common Health Programme, not to mention continue outreach to educate member farmers about individual actions.

29 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Photo fans gear up for Monday 3 May opening of 18th Beni Trutmann exhibition

cartell 2021 beni TThe Formentera Department of Culture reports that on Monday 3 May, staff at the municipal exhibition space will pull back the curtain on a selection of entries from the 18th Beni Trutmann photo contest. The display will include the categories of Colour, Black and White, Social Justice, Youth and Smartphone Shots, plus various other submissions.

Islanders can see the exhibition at Sala d’Exposicions “Ajuntament Vell”, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm, Monday to Saturday, 4 to 15 May 2021. The gallery is closed Sundays and Monday mornings. Awards for this year’s contest will be handed out at 6.00pm on Monday 3 May.

29 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Alejandra Ferrer urges Negueruela to seek collaboration on reopening roadmap and summer 2021 strategy

foto 2021 neguerelaConsell de Formentera premiere Alejandra Ferrer sat down today with Iago Negueruela, the Balearic minister of the economic model, tourism and labour, for a gathering that was also attended by Ana Juan, the island’s deputy premiere and chair of the commerce and entrepreneurship departments; local finance and economy chief Bartomeu Escandell; regional director general of tourism Rosana Morillo and, from Formentera employers’ associations, Pep Mayans (president of the small- and medium-sized business group, or Pimef), Juanma Costa (Chamber of Commerce) and Vicent Tur (Hotel Federation of Formentera, AHF).

At the meeting President Ferrer detailed the tourism reactivation plan adopted last week by the Commission for Tourism Development and Promotion (COPT). The plan comprises four parts: public health measures; control and education; economic response; marketing and tourism strategy.

Diagnostic tests
The Consell and employers’ groups asked Negueruela for help on public health measures being requested by travellers’ countries of origin and, according to the premiere, “described joint efforts already under way to scale local testing for islanders and visitors”.

“In fact”, said Ferrer, “we’ve already contacted companies specialising in PCR and antigen testing to see what they can offer locally and how competitively it can be priced”. Local government and the sector will collaborate to ensure testing costs approximate those in other regions, she said. “And we’ve also asked the regional government for support”, she explained. The leaders hope the service will also facilitate regular testing for employers and workers, serving as a public health guardrail until herd immunity is achieved.

Roadmap
President Ferrer also pressed Negueruela to set a timetable for the lockdown exit strategy, starting with the end of emergency orders and looking ahead to summer measures. She urged the minister to be mindful of the specificities of Formentera, and said health authorities should seek consensus with the Consell and island business, as they the ones who must ultimately implement the chosen strategy.

Likewise, Ferrer stressed the importance of having a hotel on the island where covid-19-positive tourists could self-isolate as in 2020.

Ferrer said Covid data should indicate whether patients are tourists or residents so that the accumulated incidence rate truly reflects the situation of the local population. For his part, Minister Negueruela made assurances that he has already passed this request on to the central government.

Economic measures
Negueruela pointed to an expected €855-million agreement with the Ministry of Finance would facilitate direct aid to local companies.

After the gathering with business representatives, Ferrer and Negueruela dedicated a subsequent tête-à-tête to, in the premiere’s words, “seeing how synergies can be improved in the way we court tourists”.


28 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Consell unlocks €30K for old people’s clubs

foto 2021 conveni club majorEarlier today, Consell de Formentera premiere Alejandra Ferrer signed partnership agreements freeing up €30,000 to steward maintenance, services and activities at Formentera’s four seniors’ clubs in 2021. Deputy premiere and chair of the elderly department Ana Juan was also on hand at the signing.

Deals were signed with Julián Galindo, chair of the Formentera Retirees’ and Pensioners’ Club of Sant Francesc (€11,000); Rita Costa, chair of Sant Ferran Social Centre for the Elderly (€8. 8,000); Maria Costa, chair of La Savina Retirees’ and Pensioners’ Club (€5,500) and Jaume Escandell, chair of El Pilar Seniors’ Association (€5,500).

28 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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