Parliament Members Will Fly Economy Class



By: ELAD BENARI  
Published: June 23rd 2010
in News » Israel

Knesset Ethics Committee Chairperson Shelly Yachimovich
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Israeli MKs who wish to travel abroad are going to have to adapt to some new rules.

 

A team consisting of past and present chairpersons of the Knesset’s Ethics Committee conducted a meeting in which they decided on new policies regarding air travel by MKs. The team consisted of present Ethics Committee chairperson MK Shelly Yachimovich (Labour), and past chairs MK Arie Eldad (National Union), MK Haim Oron (Meretz) and MK Yariv Levin (Likkud).

 

Among the recommendations put forward by the team, is that MKs will have to fly economy class on overseas flights shorter than 6 hours. For flights longer than 6 hours they will be allowed to fly business class.

 

The factors taken into place in deciding the new policies were: The working needs of the MKs who need to travel, the duty to save public funds, and the way such things are perceived in public.

 

The team also decided, however, that the Speaker of the Knesset will have the full authority to exercise discretion and change flight arrangements in exceptional cases. The following rules have been established under which an MK will be allowed to fly business class even if the flight is under 6 hours long:

  • The MK must be 65 years of age or older
  • The MK is handicapped or suffering from chronic illness
  • The Speaker of the Knesset feels that the circumstances surrounding the flight are unique

 

The team also decided that the Speaker of the Knesset, the Opposition Leader, and the former Prime Minister are considered to have a similar status to that of a minister, and as such are eligible to fly business class as well.



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