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Discover what MEPs are working on by seeing keywords and categories emerging from their questions.

Discover what MEPs are working on by seeing keywords and categories emerging from their questions.

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Last Updated: 2017-10-16

About this classification:

The classification works on the corpus of all the parliamentary questions (oral and written) presented during the VIII term. The corpus is projected in a vector space where the dimensions are the keywords selected through a technique that involves the use of Markov Chains.
In this space, every text is represented by the TF-IDF (term frequency–inverse document frequency) vector.

On this vector space we've trained two different classifiers (svm and random forest). Combining the two classifiers we reach a precision of 81% on our test set.

As you may understand, classifying parliamentary texts involves knowledge of the domain, care when combining the classifiers and a high quality training. Even when all these elements are there, this semi-automatic classification can hardly be perfect, but it's good to continously try to improve it.

Every feedback and help is then more than welcome!


Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Movement for Rights and Freedoms
Bulgaria
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Culture and Education Substitute cult



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/03/23 VP/HR - Human rights violations in the Philippines and the arrest of Senator Leila de Lima
2017/03/23 VP/HR - German hostage in Philippines beheaded by Abu Sayyaf militants
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2016/11/30 Rights of garment workers in Bangladesh
2016/11/16 VP/HR - Human rights violations in Gambia
2016/09/27 Business and human rights in Ogaden
2016/07/14 VP/HR - Ramadan ban and human rights violations in Xinjiang, China
2016/07/01 VP/HR - Women's rights in the People's Republic of China
2016/06/24 VP/HR - Human rights situation in Turkmenistan
2016/05/31 VP/HR - Human rights violations and 50 000 hostages in Fallujah
2016/04/28 VP/HR - Human rights situation in Bangladesh
2016/02/18 VP/HR - Raids and arbitrary arrests of Crimean Tatars
2015/11/30 VP/HR - Arrest of Ilham Tohti
2015/09/11 Action against Member States violating the universal rights of asylum seekers
2015/05/05 Commission's answers to Written Questions
2015/03/03 VP/HR - Human rights violations and arrests in Venezuela
2014/12/17 Ban on the veterinary use of diclofenac
2017/01/03 VP/HR - Recruitment and use of children for military purposes
2016/10/04 VP/HR - Hundred children killed in Aleppo
2016/02/10 According to Europol at least 10 000 refugee children are missing
2016/02/10 According to Europol at least 10 000 refugee children are missing
2017/05/10 VP/HR - Harassment of religious and ethnic minorities in Indonesia
2017/03/28 Repression of civil society activists and opposition politicians in Belarus
2017/01/24 VP/HR - Protection of Minorities Bill in Sindh province, Pakistan
2017/01/23 Sunflower oil producers in the EU
2016/10/12 The ageing teaching workforce
2016/06/15 Details of the analysis and studies underpinning Directive (EU) 2015/1513
2016/06/14 Definition of the expression 'quality jobs'
2016/05/20 VP/HR - Functioning of civil society and freedom of expression in Egypt
2016/04/28 VP/HR - The abduction of the president of the youth organisation of RPR-PARNAS
2016/03/18 VP/HR - Use of Chemical Weapons against Iraqi Minorities
2016/01/27 Chemical warfare agents (CWA) in the Baltic Sea
2016/01/26 VP/HR - The case of Hossein Maleki
2015/11/30 VP/HR - Recent attacks against Iraqi Turkmen
2015/11/10 VP/HR - Arrest of Sergei Mitrokhin, leader of Yabloko
2015/07/16 Destruction of Roma homes in Bulgaria
2015/07/02 Progress made in the implementation of the Recommendation on a Quality Framework for Traineeships
2015/07/02 VP/HR - The case of President Omar al-Bashir before the International Criminal Court
2015/06/11 Progress in the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty
2015/06/02 Delay by the Commission in answering the Written Questions tabled by MEPs
2015/05/28 VP/HR - Politically motivated process against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in Malaysia
2015/05/12 Desecration of places of worship and cultural monuments
2015/04/15 Freedom of assembly in Romania
2015/04/09 Serious events surrounding the Roma-Feyenoord match
2015/04/09 Responsibilities of football clubs at international sporting events
2015/03/31 VP/HR - Cooperation in the field of security and defence in the Black Sea region
2015/02/27 VP/HR - negotiations on an EU-Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement
2015/02/17 VP/HR - Case of Ahmed Douma and other political prisoners in Egypt
2015/01/27 Traffic regulation for civilian and commercial flying drones
2014/11/28 Effective application of freedom of movement and unjustified barriers in access to the labour market in the EU
2017/06/21 VP/HR - Qatar-Gulf diplomatic crisis
2017/04/19 Need for humanitarian assistance for the countries in eastern Africa
2017/03/27 The Dinka-Nuer conflict and the ensuing humanitarian crisis in South Sudan
2016/07/29 Humanitarian crisis in Aleppo
2016/05/20 Humanitarian crisis in Greece
2016/03/03 Disturbance of the free movement of goods by Greece
2017/05/11 VP/HR - Uzbekistan
2017/02/16 Better support for distance learning
2016/10/04 Exclusion of biofuels industry from the work of the Joint Research Centre
2016/09/26 VP/HR - The forced labour system of cotton production in Uzbekistan
2016/08/22 VP/HR - response to European External Action Service statement on Ethiopian clashes
2016/03/30 Need to reinforce the Renewed European Agenda for adult learning
2015/12/17 Job losses in the ethanol industry in Bulgaria
2015/12/16 Method used to assess the health and other risks arising from the use of imported DDGS in animal feed
2015/07/16 European integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina
2015/06/17 Tackling undeclared work
2015/06/04 Modernisation of the European Job Mobility Portal
2015/06/04 Facilitating labour mobility
2015/04/24 European Tourist Board
2014/12/08 Action on non-reciprocity of visas between the USA and Bulgaria
2017/09/25 Assistance to Bulgarian farmers
2017/09/25 Young farmers
2017/04/28 Sharp increase in child sexual abuse images and videos online
2017/04/11 VP/HR - Growing ethnic violence in Mali
2016/11/22 Common Agricultural Policy - disparity in distribution of funds between small farmers and large mega-farms
2016/09/26 Violence against women in politics
2016/09/16 Anti-competitive effects of common ownership by large institutional investors
2016/07/25 Online drug markets
2016/06/17 Promoting the role of women in combating radicalisation and violent extremism
2016/04/28 Increasing rates of bullying and violence in EU schools
2016/01/26 VP/HR - Promotion of women's rights in Saudi Arabia
2015/11/30 Complementary measures needed to reduce the number of young people at risk of poverty and social exclusion in Europe, especially those who are foreign EU-born or non-EU-born
2015/10/30 The need to open digital learning resources that help students acquire transversal and subject specific competences through the use of digital heritage
2015/09/17 Lack of literacy and numeracy skills
2015/06/17 Growing number of killings of journalists
2015/05/12 Digital skills shortage
2015/05/12 Hate speech on the internet and in online media
2015/05/12 Hate speech in Bulgarian politics
2015/05/05 VP/HR - Murders and suspicious deaths in Ukraine
2015/01/28 Future EU restrictive measures against Russia
2015/01/27 VP/HR - Fighting radicalisation and terrorism in Europe
2014/12/22 Financial cuts to culture in Europe
2017/09/25 Situation in the village of Hitrino, Bulgaria
2017/07/29 VP/HR - Political situation in Zambia
2017/06/22 VP/HR - Central African Republic
2017/01/03 VP/HR - Situation in the Central African Republic
2016/11/30 VP/HR - Situation in Mauritania
2016/07/29 VP/HR - Situation in Mali
2016/04/05 VP/HR - Security situation in Nagorno-Karabakh
2015/12/16 VP/HR - Situation in Nicaragua
2015/06/17 Deteriorating situation of the Turkmen community in Iraq
2015/06/02 VP/HR - Deterioration of the situation in Macedonia
2017/09/25 Thousands of children not in education in Bulgaria
2017/09/25 Bulgaria's accession to the euro area
2017/07/07 Collection of data on the participation of people with disabilities in education and training
2017/03/23 VP/HR - The battle for Mosul
2017/02/09 VP/HR - 13 000 people hanged in secret at Syrian prison
2016/12/13 VP/HR - The Hmong people in the jungle of the Lao People's Democratic Republic
2016/12/09 Disparity between the levels of ICT integration in education and training systems in the Member States, including in vocational education and training and lifelong learning strategies
2016/11/16 VP/HR - Use of toxic chemicals by ISIS in Mosul
2016/10/04 Choice of research data in calculating biofuel emissions
2016/05/27 Restriction of the right to manifest religion freely in Bulgaria
2016/04/27 VP/HR - Banning of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People
2016/02/23 Widening the participation of partner countries in Erasmus+
2016/01/28 Zika virus
2015/10/30 Facilitating the access of deaf, blind and deafblind people to education
2015/09/30 Urgent need to provide more inclusive education for students from diverse backgrounds
2015/08/03 Participation of Azerbaijan in certain EU programmes
2015/07/14 Designing effective teacher education programmes
2015/04/10 Infringement of the right to education in Catalonia
2015/04/09 VP/HR - Prosecution of war crimes in Syria
2015/03/16 Energy Union and the collective conclusion of energy supply contracts
2015/03/09 Total ban on the use of languages other than the official language of Bulgaria during election campaigns
2015/02/27 The Dublin Regulation and proportionality with regard to the Member States' reception of refugees
2015/02/02 Encouraging more people with special needs to participate in Erasmus+
2015/01/27 Bureaucratic obstacles to participation in Erasmus+ programme
2017/04/11 The situation in the refugee camp in Dunkirk
2017/01/16 Living conditions in the Moria refugee camp
2016/10/04 VP/HR - Elections in Zanzibar, Tanzania
2016/09/26 VP/HR - Closure of Dadaab refugee camp
2016/09/15 Lack of sufficient translation and interpretation services in many refugee camps
2016/03/03 The refugee situation at the Greek-Macedonian border
2015/09/29 Refugee 'hot spots' in the EU
2015/09/29 Refugee trafficking
2017/09/25 WiFi4EU
2017/04/04 Illegal detention of migrants on the Bulgarian-Turkish border
2017/03/23 VP/HR - The detention of Kirill Bobro
2016/08/29 Migrants in detention centres in Libya
2016/07/21 Call for a limitation of abusive fees charged for cross-border intra-EU phone calls and SMSs in the upcoming review of the telecoms framework
2016/06/14 VP/HR - Unlawful detention of Uyghur refugees in Thailand
2016/05/27 Recognition of refugees' qualifications
2016/03/02 VP/HR - Stability in Libya
2016/01/04 Incitement to hatred on the Internet
2015/02/27 Xenophobic behaviour and incitement of hatred towards refugees in Bulgaria
2015/01/28 EU-Armenia relations following the approval of Armenian membership of the Eurasian Economic Union

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