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Topping €33.8M, Consell de Formentera's 2022 budget heralds 10% year-on-year jump

Foto presentació pressupostos 2022Today Ana Juan, Alejandra Ferrer and Bartomeu Escandell, the respective President, Vice President and Councillor of Economy and Finance of the Consell de Formentera, presented the local government budget for 2022. At €33,835,500, the spending plan marks a 10.4% uptick relative to the €30,640,000 budget in 2021.

President Juan said that 2022 would find the Consell managing its "largest budget ever": "We will keep investing in improving our towns, offering broader and better support for regular islanders and expanding environmental protections", Juan asserted, framing the overarching goal of the budget as "bettering islanders' quality of life". Juan described the past twelve months as "a time of deep and widespread uncertainty due to the pandemic", and said the island's efforts past and present to strengthen local production and support families with a range of assistance "have been and will continue to be about serving people".

For her part, Vice President Ferrer remarked that, despite challenging times, "we have managed to hold on to what we've got, and maintain zero debt, so we can keep promoting a stable economy and helping individuals, families and small businesses in need". As for the regional spending plan, the Vice President said she hoped that all the amendments presented by Formentera would be resolved and the budget items executed. She likewise insisted that funding from the European Union was "very important, because many of the investments that will allow us to continue moving towards sustainability depend on them".

Councillor Escandell offered a review the 2022 budget, casting it as "recording-breaking in size", and insisted that "the progressive arrival of EU recovery funds will be decisive in the coming year". The finance chief described another feature of the spending plan as "expanded staff structure to support consolidation and the projected launch of new facilities and services".

He continued, "Investment criteria boiled down to ongoing work toward our 'sustainable island' model with projects to recover areas of immense environmental value like S'Estany des Peix and to optimise sustainable mobility".

Investments

Other line items are dedicated to ordering and regulating moorage at S'Estany des Peix and improving public transport and access to the nature reserve (€250,000). Upgrades in towns will continue as well, like phase three of improvements in Es Pujols (including on Carrer S'Espalmador), creation of an access road for the old people's home and sanitation in Es Ca Marí. To support citizen participation, €325,000 has been set aside for the Consell d'Entitats' Participatory Budgets initiative.

Also noteworthy will be the opening of the island's first old people's home pending completion of an access road and equipment acquisitions. The appropriate allocations have likewise been made for a safe home for at-risk children under 12.

17 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Survey to help develop the 4th Plan on Drugs, Screens and Games

The Formentera Office of Social Welfare is developing the Fourth Plan on Drugs, Screens and Games (2022-2025) with collaboration and support from the Health and Community Foundation (Fundació Salut i Comunitat, FSC). Islanders aged 18 and over can help ensure the process is participatory and realistic by completing a short, anonymous questionnaire here.

The Fourth Plan on Drugs, Screens and Games stems from a commitment to promote, coordinate and lead the response to health and social problems linked to substances, screens and games. Integrating initiatives and actions that range in scope from social and economic to educational and health-related, the Plan addresses drug use, screens and games through the lense of cross-cutting issues of inequality in areas like gender, cultural diversity and age.

17 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

For nature lovers, Formentera unveils a catalogue of the island's flora

cartell 2021 Flora de FormenteraThe Formentera Office of Tourism has published an informational brochure exploring the main characteristics of native plants. The island's representatives will use the catalogue at trade fairs to promote tourism with an environmental edge. Residents can access the brochure at www.formentera.es, at this link.

Alejandra Ferrer, Vice President and Councillor of Tourism, remarked that "the island's botanical heritage is one of our most compelling environmental treasures. Formentera's floral catalogue comprises upwards of six hundred plants and it is striking that in a relatively small area we find such a diversity of terrains ranging from cliffs, salt marshes and beaches with dunes to forested areas, fields with crops and more".

"This catalogue is about connecting islanders with their botanical heritage and at the same time pandering to a brand of tourist who cares about nature. It is about highlighting the fragility of the island's natural heritage and encouraging visitors and residents to discover it in a respectful way", said Councillor Ferrer. Photos and texts have been prepared by naturalist Jordi Serapio Riera. The catalogue is available in six languages: Catalan, Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and German.


16 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera joins the Melib network of e-vehicle charge points

foto melib AOn Wednesday, Ana Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera, and Pep Malagrava, the Balearic Director General of Energy and Climate Change, signed a collaboration agreement to link 24 municipally-owned charging points to the Balearic Network for Electric Mobility (Xarxa de Mobilitat Elèctrica de les Illes Balearics, Melib) and facilitate its use to drivers of e-vehicles on the island.

The signing was also attended by Ferran Rosa, Managing Director of the Balearic Energy Institute (Institut Balear de l'Energia, IBE), and Rafael González, Councillor of Mobility of the Consell de Formentera.

President Juan stressed that "Formentera's membership in the Melib network will help to promote the new model of mobility that the island needs and our administration is working toward". "Government agencies must facilitate and accelerate this change and the Melib network is one more step", she said.

For his part, Councillor González pointed that e-vehicle mobility is supported by recharge points at the island's urban centres and public car parks with more than 30 parking spaces and that "for years the Consell has been committed to promoting more sustainable transport for Formentera; this is the island Formentera is striving to become".

The IBE will provide the island's government with technical guides, training and connection cards so its recharge stations can be configured and connected to the Melib network. The IBE will use an interface platform to coordinate the Melib network and manage recharging on it.

As manager of the recharge points, the Consell de Formentera, in turn, will follow the IBE's indications and implement a system of maintenance so users on the network can benefit from the service. As a member of the network, the Consell de Formentera will affix Melib and formentera.eco decals and stickers at its recharge stations. 

Rollout

This arrangement will remain in force for four years from the date of signature, whereupon it may be extended for another four years.  Project engineers expect the system to be implemented by next season. Users can enter "Melib" in the search bar of the App Store or Play Store to download an associated app. Users must request an associated card from the Formentera Office of Mobility to gain free access to local recharge points. Cardholders may also use Melib recharge points across the region.


15 December 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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