During a meeting of the Knesset Science and Technology Committee on Tuesday, the Knesset website`s director Rachel Malul received an award certificate in recognition of the improvement in the online services offered by the parliament to the public.

The certificate was granted to the Knesset for being named in the Government Telecommunications Report as the second most improved government institution in the online services category. According to the report, the services have improved significantly compared with the previous year.

Committee chairman MK Uri Maklev (United Torah Judaism) said ”the government is becoming more accessible and more available. Those who excel win awards, but everyone made the effort. Part of the social protest was about bureaucracy, and the current government is more social and more considerate.”

Knesset Director-General Ronen Plot mentioned that he had served in the past as director of the Ministry of Immigration and Absorption and the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs. ”I have served the public for half of my life,” he said. ”I want to say that, irrespective of the award, there are no better employees than the Knesset`s employees.”

”I am preserving the Knesset building`s visibility – cleanliness, gardening and transparency. Beginning in March, Channel 99 will broadcast live from 17 Knesset committees. The citizen has a right to know what is being done in the Knesset, and we are doing the utmost in order to make the information accessible to the citizen,” Plot added.