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Formentera takes steps to acquire equipment to launch oil mill

foto 2022x recollida olivesThe Formentera Office of Rural Affairs is pleased to report that bids for the sale of industrial machinery to extract olive oil at the future oil mill will be accepted until 17 October. The bid price is €269,000 and the execution period, once awarded, is nine months.

Josep Marí, councillor of rural affairs, voiced his satisfaction at the news, affirming, "This is the only remaining administrative step before the project is finalised, and local oil production is pivotal".

Tragsa has been tapped for construction of the industrial space where the oil mill will be located (behind the Cooperativa del Camp warehouse). According to Councillor Marí, the company is currently "completing the final steps before work can begin".

The building will have a surface area of 115 m2, in addition to a separate receiving area for olives. Building plans include rooms for olive washing and oil extraction, an oil storage and packaging area, changing room and toilet. The project will cost approximately €200,000.

Construction of a health code-compliant mill is a key step in creating and marketing a brand of locally made olive oil, something which, Councillor Marí hopes, "will deliver a fresh impulse to the island's agricultural sector".

6 October 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Monday at 'Ajuntament Vell', Pamela Spitz unveils 'Retrats del 2000 al 2022'

The Formentera Office of Culture is pleased to report that from 11 to 22 October, the Sala d'Exposicions "Ajuntament Vell" will host "Retrats del 2000 al 2022" (Portraits from 2000 to 2022), an exhibition by photographer Pamela Spitz.

In roughly ninety photographs, the exhibition spotlights portraits of figures in the Spitz's orbit, including friends and members of the local community: some still here and some, witnesses of a bygone reality, who have moved on. In this way Spitz has built up an interesting catalogue of characters. The photos were shot with a Hasselblad, a medium-format analogue camera.  The prints, which Spitz made from the 6x6cm negatives of this camera, measure 40x50cm and 30x40cm.

Spitz, whose previous showings at the "Ajuntament Vell" space include the series "Dusty Wheels", returns this time with portraits. Some of the subjects are no longer with us, such as former school director Jaume Verdera; singer Pau Donés; artists Marcus Tessier, César Ordaz and Schoppi; and photographer Reinald Wünsche, among others.

Spitz spent much of the most important years of her youth on the island. And as she herself says, "for two years I have been back home, and I feel like just another islander. I have left the city to return to my roots, to be near the sea and my friends". Spitz continues to work as a photojournalist for the German newspapers Die Welt and Welt am Sonntag.

"Retrats del 2000 al 2022" opens Monday 10 October at 7.00pm. Visitors are welcome Monday to Saturday, 11.00am to 2.00pm and 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

The exhibition hall closes Monday mornings, Sundays and holidays.


6 October 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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SOIB programme for unemployed under-30s posts three new listings

The Formentera Office of Local Development is pleased to report that selection processes for three positions at the Consell de Formentera –two children's educators and a labour relations manager– are currently under way as part of the 2022 round of SOIB Jove Qualificats – Local Entities programme. Applications will be accepted until 9 October.

The programme of the Balearic Employment Office (Servei d'Ocupació de les Illes Balears, SOIB) is designed to promote employment among jobless 18- to 30-year-olds registered with the SOIB and listed in the National Youth Guarantee System. Candidates must have completed university studies or possess accreditation from a higher vocational training programme. Previous work experience is not required.

Contracts will begin by 15 October and last one year.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the SOIB website by 9 October to register and learn about the offer.

Questions? Contact the Formentera Office of Local Development: 971 073 887 by phone and aodlformentera@conselldeformentera.cat via email.

6 October 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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Formentera attends second Turespaña Convention and plans summer 2023 promotion

foto 2022x convencio tourespanaToday the Formentera Office of Tourism is present at the second Turespaña Convention, on tourism governance, taking place at the Barcelona International Convention Centre between 3 and 5 October. The first two days of the fair included presentations and round tables on tourism news, best practices, sustainability and market intelligence. The Tourism Institute of Spain (Turespaña) also offered attendees a preview of the planning for the coming year.

Wednesday 5 October, heads of the Secretariat of State for Tourism (SETUR) and Turespaña, together with foreign tourism ministers, will hold technical meetings with representatives of tourist destinations. Formentera's head of tourism marketing, Carlos Bernús, will meet with 35 of these representatives to present the island as a destination and plan marketing activities for 2023.

Gatherings included foreign tourism ministers from Scandinavian countries, India, Singapore, Tokyo, Bombay and New York, as well as from Italy, France and Germany, among others. "With guidance from Turespaña agents, these meetings help us steer marketing efforts for next season, determine where we should strengthen our presence, and reduce costs by seeking out joint marketing efforts", Bernús explained.

Bernús also spoke to individuals in Turespaña's knowledge and research department about the work being done at Formentera's data observatory to improve coordination with state representatives and develop a strategic plan in accordance with the 2030 Agenda.


5 October 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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