The group AREME (Asociacion de Residentes Extranjeros de Municipio de Estepona) has been launched with the aim of giving a voice to all Estepona residents.
Nearly one-third of residents living in Estepona are from foreign parts, another third are Spanish who live elsewhere in Spain but have second homes in Estepona, while the remaining third are Spanish who live there permanently.
AREME has been set up in order to become a force large enough to speak authoritatively with public institutions including the town hall, police and others.
It has received official approval from the Junta de Andalucia as a non-political and non-profit enterprise.
In fact, it was through AREME’s influence that local buses returned to operation.
The AREME committee plans to meet every three months with the Councillor for Tourism and Foreign Residents to present matters the group deem important to Estepona’s foreign residents.
Application forms can be obtained from the tourist office in Estepona Port.
AREME also plans to hold bi-monthly forums at the Palacio de Congresos where specialist speakers will address critical matters.