By Lois Jones
THE newly elected lady Mayor of Palma - Catalina Cirer - apart from regular committee meetings, will hold sessions with each town councillor on a weekly or fortnightly basis to streamline agendas and to define courses of action for different areas of the capital. She announced her future programme yesterday, following the first meeting of the new team of government at the Town Hall which lasted three hours.
Leaving the meeting, Cirer commented to journalists that official municipal posts had been allocated and that work had begun on preparing the Government executive committee meeting which will take place on Wednesday, 18 June and in which, at first, all eight of the Mayor's deputies will take part. Apart from weekly meetings with her team members, the ex Government delegate will endeavour to deal with the political leaders of the Opposition in the setting up of a Spokesmen's Assembly with which interviews are anticipated later this week. On the subject of the first full plenary session, Cirer confirmed that it was the intention to earmark Tuesday 24 June for this meeting, in order to be able to attend the investiture of the Balearics' President elect, Jaume Matas. During the same session, a series of mandates will be approved to set the wheels of the new Town Council in motion.
Cirer also explained that she will leave “some margin for autonomy” so that each councillor can set up “his teams according to individual requirement in the area that he has been given to address, in the way that suits him best”. She pointed out, however, that many issues will be set firmly “on the table”, in order to reach agreement. Joan Fageda, who has been Mayor of Palma for 12 years spoke about the new local government team's action policy, indicating that there will be “overlap” between his and theirs in areas of traffic control, public cleaning and citizen security. Regarding this last sphere of action, an agreement will shortly be signed with the Minister of the Interior, Angel Acebes, covering co-ordination between local police and State Security Forces. The tenets of this accord had already been set and indeed Fageda was at the point of ratifying it on several occasions although he had to reschedule it due to problems of agenda, Cirer explained.


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