AN EXPAT residents association has been launched in Estepona, which will fight the corner of the town’s large number of foreign residents.

The Associacion de Residentes Extranjeros de Municipio de Estepona (AREME) will speak on behalf of its members with public institutions, with the aim of improving services and provisions in Estepona.

It already boasts one coup, successfully reinstating the local bus service.

AREME has been given official approval by the Junta de Andalucia as a non-political and non-profit enterprise.

The group has arranged a quarterly meeting with the councillor for Tourism and Foreign Residents, during which issues raised by members will be discussed.

There are also plans to hold bi-monthly forums at the Palacio de Congresos where specialist speakers will address critical matters.

Application forms are available at the tourist office in the port.

Expats account for around one third of Estepona’s residents, with the other two thirds being an equal split between Spanish people with second homes in the town, and Spanish who live there permanently.

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