MK Stav Shaffir
Photo: George Ginsberg
After vigorously pushing for transparency in budgetary decisions made in the government, MK Stav Shaffir (Zionist Union) was appointed chairwoman of the OECD Transparency Committee.
The committee is an initiative by Shaffir in cooperation with Israel's ambassador to the organization, Carmel Shama-Hacohen, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Its purpose is for parliaments around the world to share information, research and modes of operation on fighting corruption, as well as share the information with the public.
Shaffir, whose appointment is considered a great honor, held her first meeting on the topic of open government and open parliament at an OECD meeting in Paris earlier this month. More than 90 representatives participated in the meeting, among them members of the Turkish, Argentinean and British delegations of the organization.
In the meeting Shaffir said that "the Israeli parliament achieved many accomplishments concerning transparency and the accessibility of information, but we still have much to learn and improve. There is no doubt that the great efforts done around the world for transparency are a fundamental part of democracies' battle against corruption."