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Consell de Formentera's ethics and governance code published in regional gazette

This week, issue number 114 of the Official Bulletin of the Balearic Islands (BOIB) includes publication of a code of ethics and good governance that was passed at the most recent full-house assembly of the Consell de Formentera, in July.

Labeled the Codi Ètic i de Bon Govern, the directive sets forth values and standards of behaviour for administration officials to follow while on the job. It also establishes a system for revisions and checks to ensure the initiative's success, part of a bid to make local government transparent, effective and efficient.

The measure seeks to foment a culture of integrity and instil a spirit of best practices and conduct, and covers strategies to facilitate good governance and sound public administration. The code applies to the Consell de Formentera as well as agencies associated with, or dependent on, the Consell.

Transparency councillor Rafa Ramírez called the Codi Ètic i de Bon Govern “unprecedented at the local level”, and described it as “a tool to shape a policy of integrity as well as the principles and directive lines of good governance”. Ramírez also called the code was “a work in progress” and said the idea was “retool and add to it”.

The directives are envisioned for individuals associated with the Consell de Formentera. This includes elected members of government, in their capacity as elected representatives and irrespective of their inclusion in administration posts; heads of governing bodies (as defined in the organisational rules of the Consell de Formentera); acting departmental heads for the Consell de Formentera, given the increased autonomy such individuals enjoy in the exercise of their functions; local civil servants whose functions entail national purview; and individuals in government-appointed posts or positions involving special, targeted consulting.

As elected representatives, employees of the president's office and individual councillors must expressly adhere to the code of conduct, irrespective of the posts they may hold within the administration. A special commission will be created and tasked with building awareness around the new rules and ensuring compliance with them.

Billed as “open-source code”, the document will be periodically revised for improvements, or additions, that islanders consider pertinent to reinforce an image of integrity and developing islanders' trust in their local government.

22 August 2019
Communication Departmental
Consell de Formentera

El Consell de Formentera i el Govern balear celebren la primera reunió de treball de la legislatura

reunio-consell-govern-1-La presidenta del Consell de Formentera, Alejandra Ferrer, ha rebut avui a la consellera de Presidència, Cultura i Igualtat del Govern balear, Pilar Costa, en la qual ha estat la primera reunió oficial de treball entre les dues institucions. En aquesta primera presa de contacte s'ha destacat la col·laboració entre el Consell i el Govern de la passada legislatura i s'ha subratllat el desig de continuar amb aquest treball els pròxims quatre anys. A la trobada, també hi han assistit la vicepresidenta i consellera insular d'Habitatge, Majors, Comerç i Emprenedoria, Ana Juan; la consellera insular de Cultura i Educació, Susana Labrador, i la consellera insular de Joventut, Participació Ciutadana i Noves Tecnologies, Vanessa Parellada.

Alejandra Ferrer ha posat com a exemple d'aquesta bona col·laboració, la regulació de l'entrada de vehicles a l'illa i ha destacat la importància que té per a Formentera el projecte del Centre d'Esports Nàutics presentat al pla de l'Impuls de Turisme Sostenible, ja que es tracta d'un centre que “unifica residents i turistes en una activitat i en un entorn, com és s'Estany des Peix, dins el Parc Natural que hem de protegir”. La presidenta del Consell ha incidit en la importància de col·laboració entre totes les administracions de les Illes i de l'Estat “perquè a vegades Formentera es veu afectada per decisions que es prenen en altres destinacions, s'ha de continuar treballant cap a la sostenibilitat mediambiental i social que són les que garantiran una economia perdurable en el temps”.

A la reunió també s'han abordat temes com la rehabilitació de Sa Senieta com a museu de Formentera i les competències d'igualtat i LGTBI que des de gener gestiona el Consell de Formentera.

Per la seva banda, Pilar Costa, s'ha mostrat convençuda que “aquesta legislatura s'intensificaran les bones relacions” de la legislatura anterior i ha confiat que s'arribi a un acord de finançament a través de l'ITS del projecte del Centre d'Esports Nàutics, tan “important per a Formentera”. Costa ha felicitat el Consell de Formentera pel treball realitzat fins al moment en matèria d'igualtat i LGTBI i ha assegurat que el Govern seguirà impulsant el desenvolupament del nou museu de Formentera.

21 d’agost de 2019
Àrea de Comunicació
Consell de Formentera

Officials visit la Mola neighbourhood scorched by flames

visita-zona-afectada-incendi l1Today at noon, Alejandra Ferrer, Antonio J Sanz and Josep Marí—the administration's president, environment councillor and interior councillor, respectively—paid a visit to the area in la Mola that was hit yesterday by fire. Firefighters were redeployed to the scene this morning to sweep the area of farmland, known as Can Puig, where flames were reported shortly after ten p.m. last night.

Councillor Marí said the effort was carried out with the help of 6 CiF firefighters, 2 crew members of the Balearic forestry service and 15 Civil Protection volunteers. Each group had its own pickup, and in the case of the CiF fire brigade, they had two fire engines as well. Local law enforcement was also on hand, as were officers of la Savina's Policia Portuària. Crews had controlled the blaze by 12 midnight; three hours later, it was declared totally extinguished. Roughly three hectares of farmland were burned.

The Guardia Civil will now initiate an investigation, though early evidence suggests a lamp post was possibly the cause of the flames. President Ferrer announced she'd wait for confirmation of such causation before “holding Endesa, who are responsible for maintaining this part of la Mola's electric grid, to account for the damages”. Ferrer indicated she would also ask the power company to perform a check of the entire installation to ensure that “something as dangerous as what we had last night in la Mola doesn't happen again”.

Ferrer gave thanks to emergency response teams for their fast action: “Despite strong winds and the absence of light”—a fact she said had ruled out any air intervention—“our team of firefighters and volunteers was able to win this fight. We'd be looking at an entirely different set of circumstances had the flames reached the forest”.

No homes were evacuated as a result of the blaze. Ferrer thanked residents of the area for their cooperation.

1 August 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

Consell proposes tapping tourism levy to fund Nautical Sport Centre

centre-esports-na--utics 21The Consell de Formentera has unveiled a plan to incorporate construction of the Nautical Sport Centre (CEN), including the relocation of the Municipal Sailing School, into the 2019 “Impulse Strategy” for the Sustainable Tourism Tax. The proposed allowance—1,017,505 euros—would cover the total cost of investment.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Estany des Peix, the CEN is aimed at fomenting an active brand of nautical tourism (snorkeling, sailing, rowing), and, more generally, promoting tourism beyond the traditional summer season. Plans are also in place to leverage the public building to develop environmental awareness.

Environmentally and socially, the island stands to benefit from the CEN. Not only will the centre offer a service that has been requested by local nautical sports enthusiasts, it will mean bundling similar recreational activities under the same roof, which stands to have positive knock-on effects for the tourism sector, particularly in the low season.

Consell de Formentera president Alejandra Ferrer framed the project as “a continuation of last year's bid to regulate moorage in Estany des Peix”—another initiative, bankrolled in 2018, with money from the Sustainable Tourism Levy. Ferrer stressed that the CEN will be “a place by the sea where both islanders and tourists can come together and participate in a wide array of nautical activities, whether for fitness or pleasure”.

19 August 2019
Communication Department
Consell de Formentera

Formentera firefighters clear trees brought down by wind

caiguda-pins1Firefighters of the Consell de Formentera removed fallen trees from a road in Punta Rasa (Cala Saona) following recent winds. At 12.10pm, 112 emergency response notified the Consell about the trees and that they were blocking the flow of traffic. In an intervention which had concluded within an hour of the call, the fire crew hauled off two toppled pine trees that were burned in a summer 2017 fire.

31 July 2019
Communication department
Consell de Formentera

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