On Tuesday, the Council of Majorca handed out its medals of honour and gratitude and the Jaume II prizes. The Council's president, Miquel Ensenyat, said that the recipients of the medals and prizes represent values of the current administration, which he defined as standing for economic growth for the island and its people along with ethics, participation, cooperation, creativity and innovation. The recipients "make us proud because of their dedication and exemplary careers, which serve to guide our work".
Ensenyat spoke of the winners' "extraordinary personal and social commitment and public service commitment" and of a modern Majorca that has been built and established thanks to a society that "has known how to move forward feeling proud of the past but always open to new ideas and trends". Majorca is a "great island" that is "plural, diverse and cosmopolitan", a place for everyone, and where "future challenges are faced in a brave and determined manner".
The president also talked about the Council administration since 2015. "A spirit of consensus has marked it since the start of the current mandate. This is the politics ... of being close to the people, of opening institutions and decisions to the public. The Council of Majorca is a good example."
Attending the awards were members of the Balearic government, including President Armengol, the speaker of the Balearic parliament, Baltasar Picornell, and representatives of opposition parties. Among the recipients of the medal of honour and gratitude were the newspaper Ultima Hora for its 125 years of publication, the Montuiri Band of Music, the CCOO and UGT unions and the Centro Cultural Andratx. A winner of the Jaume II prize was Sa Pobla-born Laura Gost, who won a Goya earlier this year for the animated short film, Woody & Woody.
The awards ceremony was to mark the date in 1979 when the Council of Majorca was established as a democratic institution.
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