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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!

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/06/21 The EU Alcohol Strategy
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2016/12/22 Measures to combat alcohol abuse
2015/12/01 Comprehensive strategy on missing and unaccompanied children
2015/05/05 Commission's answers to Written Questions
2015/01/30 Alcohol strategy
2017/06/09 Safer healthcare in Europe: improving patient safety and fighting antimicrobial resistance
2017/03/27 Environmental crime in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park - felling of thousands of trees along a 5 km stretch
2017/02/07 Serious environmental damage to the Portuguese coast
2016/02/01 Environmental aspects of the plan to plant trees along Lisbon's second ring road, with implications for air and road safety
2016/02/01 Air and road safety: planting trees along the second ring road - Lisbon
2016/01/08 Venezuela and Portugal: air fare differences
2017/01/23 The Almaraz nuclear power plant and its customised temporary storage facility
2016/06/20 Implementation of corrective actions related to stress tests at the Almaraz nuclear power plant and cross-border cooperation in the event of a nuclear emergency
2016/06/20 Safety standards at the Almaraz nuclear power plant
2017/09/15 Application of Relocation Decisions 2015/1523 and 2015/1601 ahead of their expiration date (26 September 2017)
2017/06/19 VP/HR - EU's role in the Colombian peace agreement
2016/06/17 Promoting the role of women in combating radicalisation and violent extremism
2015/11/20 Association agreement EU-Mercosur
2015/05/20 VP/HR - New violations of women's rights in Iran
2015/03/31 VP/HR - Alliance agreement between Russia and South Ossetia
2017/01/23 Request for information on the situation regarding the uranium mines located a few kilometres from the Portuguese border
2016/12/05 Investor protection systems under international trade agreements (ISDS or ICS)
2016/09/21 Granting of EU funding for the culling of mammals on the Berlengas biogenetic reserve
2016/02/15 Census of those living in the camps around Tindouf
2015/06/01 Humanitarian aid shortage in the Tindouf Camps
2015/05/08 The Berlengas black rat
2015/04/30 EU agricultural innovation systems
2015/04/21 Delay in recognising courses at the Universidade Atlântica by the Portuguese Ministry of Education and Science
2015/04/09 VP/HR - Prosecution of war crimes in Syria
2017/06/09 Bitumen plant in Arcozelo - serious threat to health and the environment
2017/03/24 Potentially harmful substances in fast food packaging that pose a risk to the health of consumers and the environment
2016/01/11 Irregular construction of a dam on the river Tagus
2015/12/03 Energy Taxation Directive and the use of diesel fuel
2015/12/01 Implementation of Council decisions on the relocation of 160 000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece
2015/07/02 Progress made in the implementation of the Recommendation on a Quality Framework for Traineeships
2015/06/11 Progress in the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty
2015/01/13 Diclofenac for veterinary use
2017/04/25 Drug-related deaths in Europe
2016/10/26 European Court of Auditors Special Report
2016/09/09 European solidarity and the fires in southern Europe
2016/03/17 Disseminating principles of care for primary immunodeficiencies
2016/03/17 Neonatal screening and severe combined immunodeficiency
2016/01/27 Chemical warfare agents (CWA) in the Baltic Sea
2015/11/04 Repatriation of possible victims of trafficking in breach of the suspension order issued by the Rome Court (First Chamber)
2015/04/24 European Tourist Board
2015/03/24 Brazil - European Union submarine cable
2015/02/27 VP/HR - Torture in Saudi Arabia
2017/03/10 Glyphosate
2016/02/24 Zika virus outbreak
2015/12/03 GM and antibiotic materials in imported animal feed and the need for food labelling
2015/10/13 On halting the broadcast of TV channels in Turkey
2015/05/13 Multidisciplinary law firms
2015/01/22 By-catches of kitefin sharks off Madeira
2014/12/08 EU action plan to combat deforestation
2017/02/22 Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs)
2016/10/12 Public-private sector cooperation in post-Cotonou EU-ACP relations
2016/06/20 Commission response to the Globiom study
2016/06/20 Employment of Cuban doctors in Portugal
2015/12/01 Compatibility of the establishment and management of hotspots with EU law
2015/09/17 VP/HR - International investigation into missing students in Mexico
2015/09/23 VP/HR - Increasing tensions between Colombia and Venezuela
2015/03/03 High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP)
2015/02/17 VP/HR - Case of Ahmed Douma and other political prisoners in Egypt
2015/02/05 VP/HR - Political prisoners and polarisation in Venezuela
2015/01/15 Demolitions in the Ria Formosa financed through Community funds
2015/01/12 VP/HR - Harassment of the LGBTI community in Egypt