In her New Year message, the president of the Balearics, Francina Armengol, said that dialogue is the only way forward after the general election and was sure that only through dialogue will there be a future pact of government to make for a better society.
Reflecting on the governmental arrangement in the Balearics, she said: “Here, it is going well and at a good pace because we are clear where we want to go in making the islands more just so that everyone can fulfil their dreams."
The televised message took the president from the cabinet room to La Lonja, and there she said that she wanted the fish market to be everyone’s heritage. “From now, you can visit and come when you want to.”
On her priorities in government, she stressed the fact that employment is the most important.
“We must work for this so that young people find work, so that older people can return to work and so that the greater part of society does not struggle to make it through to the end of the month. My obsession is to be able to weave all the pieces together so that life for everyone will be a bit better in 2016. We have four years to build a new economic environment in which the good work of people with ideas and businesses that generate employment with the best conditions will be rewarded.”
She identified a challenge for Balearic society in working for a new model of financing for the islands, one that will allow for improvements to education and health and provide greater resources for infrastructure, innovation and for the most productive and competitive.
“I know that securing better financing is a long road, but it is a fight in order to have islands where there will truly be equality of opportunities, as the great challenge for the future is equality. It doesn’t matter if you have money or not, if you live in Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza or Formentera, if you are a man or a woman, if you were born here or ten thousand kilometres away: we will fight in order that you have the same opportunities to get what you need. The government will be working intensely to make all this possible every day of the next twelve months.”