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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: 2017-01-31

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!

Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left
Coalition of the Radical Left
Magic Circle
Legal Affairs Member juri
Constitutional Affairs Substitute afco
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Substitute libe

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2016/12/05 Violation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in Greece, concerning labour relations
2016/09/23 Acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer
2016/06/24 Support for waste water treatment facilities
2016/05/24 Need to protect whistle-blowers exposing financial scandals
2016/03/30 Mistaken IMF forecasts
2016/03/14 Worrying evidence about the decline in the bee population
2016/03/01 Europol report on trafficking in slaves to Europe
2016/01/26 Delayed evaluation of economic support programme for Greece
2015/12/22 Impact of austerity measures on psychiatric facilities
2015/12/04 Negative impact of the new Code of Civil Procedure on the pace of the administration of justice in Greece
2015/08/07 Human rights implications of financial support programmes for Greece
2015/07/08 Decline in the bee population
2015/07/08 Quality of life and austerity in Europe
2015/06/17 Transparency of the application of the Stability and Growth Pact
2015/06/11 Job insecurity
2015/06/10 Protection of human dignity
2015/06/02 Need to protect mental health
2015/05/29 Financial inequality
2015/05/18 Spending on disease prevention in public health programmes
2015/04/22 Need to protect Hagia Sophia
2015/04/09 Compliance of an Italian circular on 'Islamic terrorism' with EU law and fundamental rights
2015/03/27 Failure of economic adjustment measures
2015/03/20 Need to staff technical teams with human rights specialists
2015/03/11 Evaluation of impact of memorandum measures
2015/03/06 Application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights to the austerity measures imposed on Greece
2015/02/10 Flooding in Evros
2015/01/14 Suspension of civil servants from active service without any salary
2015/01/07 Decimation of economically active population in Greece
2015/01/07 Infringement of fundamental rights in Greece by the Troika
2015/01/07 Economic austerity programmes and health rights
2015/01/07 Impact of Tarakhel v Switzerland on the implementation and possible revision of the Dublin III Regulation
2014/12/12 Violation by the Commission of the right to health
2014/12/04 Infringement by the Commission of fundamental principles of EU law
2014/12/02 Recruitment of Commission staff with fixed-term contracts
2014/11/26 Human dignity undermined by Commission
2014/11/11 Devastating impact of over-taxation on the people of Greece
2014/08/29 Approval of Council Regulation (EU) n° 833/2014 of 31 July 2014
2014/08/22 Impact of austerity measures on the population of Greece
2014/07/03 Report by a UN expert on human rights abuses in Greece as a result of the implementation of austerity measures
2016/12/15 Increase in concentrations of methane
2016/10/19 High rates of poverty in Greece
2016/10/17 Switch between summer and winter time
2016/09/27 Pay cuts in Greece
2016/09/23 Steady increase in part-time workers
2016/08/31 . Tightening up environmental rules and the G20 summit
2016/04/25 Need to provide funds to address the refugee problem
2016/02/17 Ineffectiveness of the Task Force for Greece
2016/02/10 Questions raised as a result of press reports about the possible withdrawal of ENISA from Greece
2016/01/25 Ineffective EU response to the refugee crisis
2015/10/07 Tax Reforms
2015/07/09 Adjustment of amounts of assistance allocated to Greece for receiving refugees
2015/06/10 Increase in VAT in Greece
2015/05/29 Over-indebtedness and usury in the years of crisis
2015/05/18 Commission insistence on minimum wage in Greece
2015/05/07 Protection of uninsured persons in Europe
2015/04/30 Tax avoidance by big firms
2015/04/22 Commission insistence on the deregulation of lay-offs in Greece
2015/04/09 VP/HR - Turkish provocation of Greece
2015/03/27 Humanitarian crisis in Greece
2015/03/27 Tax evasion by multinational companies
2015/03/24 Humanitarian crisis in Greece
2015/03/11 Urgent need to address the humanitarian crisis in Greece
2015/03/06 Freedom of expression in Turkey
2015/02/27 Freedom of the press in Europe
2015/01/22 VAT increase in the tourism sector
2015/01/21 Terrifying upsurge in unpaid work in Greece
2015/01/14 Risk of collapse of insurance funds in Greece
2015/01/13 Massive infringements of the rights of persons with disabilities in Greece
2015/01/07 Education spending cuts in Greece
2015/01/07 Mass reclassification of forest areas
2015/01/05 Work stoppage on the Thessaloniki Metro
2014/12/12 Violation in Greece of environmental protection law
2014/12/12 Reintroduction of lockouts in Greece
2014/11/26 Criteria for determining a fair price for concessions for the use of public property
2014/11/17 'Haircut' of Greece's public international debt
2014/10/16 Re-examination of modified public service employment contracts
2014/09/25 Freedom of the press in Greece
2014/09/16 Property tax in Greece
2014/08/29 Freedom and pluralism of the media in Greece
2014/08/26 Forest protection in Greece
2014/07/28 Living conditions in Greece
2016/10/31 Increasingly pessimistic outlook among European citizens
2016/10/19 Surge in drugs exports from the Balkan countries
2016/10/13 'EU-Afghanistan Joint Way Forward on migration issues': Role and consultation of the European Parliament
2016/09/23 Observations of the European Court of Auditors regarding failings in pre-accession assistance to Balkan countries
2016/08/23 Serious consequences of population ageing
2016/07/18 Slovakian EU Presidency and common European decisions
2016/07/18 Genetically modified food
2016/07/15 Need for bank recapitalisation
2016/07/15 Referendum to annul joint European decisions
2016/06/24 Use of nanomaterials in food
2016/06/07 Conversion of the Church of Hagia Sophia into a mosque
2016/05/31 Ending unilateral preferential trade arrangements between the European Union and Turkey to the detriment of the Member States
2016/04/04 Regarding leaked consolidated TTIP chapter
2016/03/31 Ineffective management by NATO in the Aegean
2016/03/21 45th anniversary of the International Roma Day
2016/03/21 45th anniversary of the International Roma Day
2016/02/11 Proposed European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) and Complaints Mechanism in respect of violation of human rights
2016/01/28 Inconsistencies in the treatment of the Member States by the Commission
2015/12/01 Lack of response from Member States to the problem of refugee resettlement
2015/10/07 Ageing of the European population
2015/10/02 ICC Prosecutor's opinion highlighting the violation of the privacy of EU citizens by US companies
2015/09/28 Volkswagen's emissions fraud and the protection of EU citizens
2015/09/17 European unemployment benefits
2015/09/17 European unemployment benefit
2015/09/17 European fund management supervision
2015/07/02 Free movement and Roma
2015/06/03 Protection of Europe's cultural heritage
2015/05/26 Violation of labour and trade union rights in the European Patent Organisation (EPO)
2015/05/20 European Aid for Nepal
2015/04/22 Germany's account surplus
2015/04/20 Outsourcing of asylum processing and search and rescue operations to third countries
2015/02/27 VP/HR - Torture in Saudi Arabia
2015/02/13 Criteria for identifying endocrine-disrupting chemicals
2015/02/02 Statute for a European mutual society
2015/01/22 Violation of Directive 2003/88/EC
2015/01/16 Limited extent of Supplementary Fund liability
2015/01/14 Infringement of children's and pregnant women's rights by the European Commission
2015/01/07 Abolition of fees and contributions payable to local authorities by telephone companies
2015/01/07 Falling exports
2014/12/22 Need for protection of social rights
2014/12/16 Need to respect democratic values
2014/12/12 Violation by the Commission of the principle of non-discrimination
2014/12/12 Violation of international labour conventions by the Memoranda
2014/12/01 Right to a fair trial
2014/12/01 Preferential treatment of credit institutions
2014/11/26 Admissibility of special tax under Directive 2009/12/EC on airport charges
2014/11/13 Compensation for Member States for the 'fire sale' of public property
2014/10/16 Increasingly unequal distribution of wealth
2014/10/09 Planned joint police operation 'Mos Maiorum'
2014/09/08 Conference of Western Balkan States organised by Germany
2014/07/08 Monitoring compliance by Greece with the decisions of the European Committee of Social Rights
2014/07/08 Monitoring compliance by Greece with the decisions of the European Committee of Social Rights
2015/12/07 Reports of consistent abuse of asylum-seekers by Bulgarian police
2015/11/30 Unrestricted access to the personal data of European drivers
2015/10/19 Access to finance for the SMEs
2015/10/02 Effects of passive smoking on minors
2015/07/09 Length of administrative detention
2015/06/19 Safer healthcare in Europe
2015/04/30 Disappearance of unaccompanied minors
2015/04/30 Information systems and protection of unaccompanied minors
2015/04/14 Facebook users' personal data protection
2015/03/27 Access to medication and medical care
2015/03/12 Global Khartoum Process and the forthcoming EU-Horn of Africa Migration Route Initiative
2015/03/12 Global Khartoum Process and forthcoming EU-Horn of Africa Migration Route Initiative
2015/01/22 Unacceptable conditions of detention of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum
2014/11/25 Access to information on the detention of third-country nationals
2014/10/28 Access to healthcare in Greece
2014/09/23 Illegal detention of migrants and refugees
2016/06/16 EU ban on the use of wild animals in circuses
2016/02/11 EU ban on the use of wild animals in circuses
2015/11/05 EU ban on the use of wild animals in circuses
2015/08/24 Fatal road accidents in Europe
2015/08/04 Deaths of animals in road traffic accidents
2016/10/26 Combating racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance
2016/10/26 Combatting racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance
2016/08/29 Adverse consequences of sanctions against Russia
2016/06/27 Consequences of flexible forms of working
2015/07/02 Progress made in the implementation of the Recommendation on a Quality Framework for Traineeships
2015/06/26 Refugees - victims of traffickers and criminal gangs
2015/06/24 VP/HR - Religious intolerance in the Balkans
2015/06/19 Consequences of a sedentary lifestyle
2015/06/11 Progress in the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty
2015/04/09 Implementation of the Council framework decision (2008/913/JHA) on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law
2015/04/09 Implementation of the Council framework decision (2008/913/JHA) on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law
2015/01/05 Law on Public Safety
2014/12/02 Decision-making in the Troika
2016/11/30 High proportion of people facing poverty
2016/04/27 Social discrimination against cancer patients
2015/09/09 The EU's position on climate change
2015/08/31 Mass killing of birds
2015/08/31 Mass killing of birds
2015/06/26 Right to social security - Safeguarding decent living standards
2015/06/26 Right to social security - Safeguarding decent living standards
2015/06/03 Widening regional disparities
2015/04/09 End of the common position on Cuba
2015/04/08 Financial assistance to people affected by the floods in Serres
2015/04/07 End of milk quotas
2015/04/07 End of milk quotas
2015/03/27 'Greening' and associated subsidies
2015/02/04 Election results and policy changes
2015/01/14 Traineeships for young people without pay or social security
2015/01/14 Infringement by the Commission of the right to social security benefits
2014/12/04 Distribution of competences between the EU and its Member States in the field of social policy
2014/10/09 Collective Redundancies and Pensioners' Social Solidarity Allowance
2017/01/09 EU policy on preventing the production of hazardous waste
2016/10/13 The EU accession to the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women
2016/10/12 The EU accession to the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women
2016/09/23 Below long-term goal for world GDP growth
2016/04/20 Replacement of aircraft radio equipment
2015/09/17 Turkish city of Cizre under siege and assailed by violence and death
2015/04/20 Effect of unemployment on GDP of Greece and its trading partners
2015/04/20 Effect of unemployment on GDP of Greece and its trading partners
2015/03/27 Combating the greenhouse effect
2015/03/27 Combating the greenhouse effect
2015/01/20 Coca-Cola Iberian Partners' redundancy plan
2015/01/16 TRIPS and supply of medicines
2014/11/07 Mining activities in Chalkidiki
2014/10/15 Hellas Gold SA is damaging the ecosystem of Chalkidiki
2014/09/03 Encroachment on Aliki Kitrous wildlife sanctuary
2016/12/15 Air pollution causing the deaths of thousands of Europeans
2016/11/23 Children affected by poverty and social exclusion
2016/11/18 Case of refugee Αhmad H. facing a life sentence in Hungary
2016/05/26 Alarm at pollution of the Mediterranean
2016/04/26 500 refugees missing in the Mediterranean Sea
2016/02/17 Serious consequences of overfishing in the Mediterranean
2016/02/02 Thousands of refugee children are missing
2015/12/11 Major risks of electronic cigarettes
2015/11/11 Provision of refugee reception centres
2015/11/03 Lack of transparency in the Commission's meetings with representatives of tobacco companies
2015/11/03 Green credentials
2015/10/02 Children with disabilities
2015/09/17 Nine out of ten diesel-fuelled automobiles exceed pollution limits
2015/09/09 Recycling of electronic devices
2015/06/22 Use of pesticides and controls
2015/06/22 Missing children
2015/06/01 VP/HR - Pregnant ten-year-old girl denied abortion in Paraguay
2015/04/14 Instances of bullying at school and cyberbullying
2015/04/08 International arrest warrants against asylum seekers and refugees
2015/02/27 Air pollution in Madrid
2015/01/22 Need for the adoption of standards relating to the operation of residential institutions for children
2015/01/06 Syrian refugees in Athens
2016/12/15 Problems and prospects of the action plan for implementing the EU-Turkey agreement
2016/12/08 Burden on Europe's economy due to counterfeit products and imitations
2016/11/30 Cypriot territory and statehood disputed by Erdoğan
2016/11/03 Provocative actions taken by the Albanian State against Greeks
2016/10/19 VP/HR - Erdogan's provocative tactics
2016/10/04 Questioning by President Erdoğan of the validity of the Treaty of Lausanne
2016/08/30 Unattainable fiscal targets set for the Greek economy
2016/08/30 VP/HR - Attacks by Turkey against Kurds on Syrian territory
2016/07/29 Muzzling of the press in Turkey
2016/06/17 Alarming figures on obesity
2016/05/10 Lack of transparency in financial transactions in Europe and the US
2016/05/04 Turkish violations of Greek airspace and territorial waters
2016/04/20 Increased circulation of counterfeit products
2016/03/10 Special 'bankers' network supporting the Islamic State
2016/01/28 VP/HR - Financial support by Turkey for 'Islamic State'
2016/01/27 Joint EU-Turkey action plan for tackling migratory flows
2015/11/05 Consumption of fatty foods
2015/09/21 A new animal welfare strategy for 2016-2020
2015/07/02 VP/HR - The Turkish Government and 'Islamic State'
2015/03/20 Statements by Euro Group President threatening Greek depositors
2015/03/20 Statements by Euro Group President threatening Greek depositors
2015/03/11 EU responsibility for problems in the Greek economy
2015/03/06 Prospects for the new Investment Plan for Europe
2015/02/16 Animal welfare
2015/01/07 Greek legislation on water pollution
2014/12/12 Distortion of competition in Greek airports
2014/12/04 Greek-Albanian agreement on military cemeteries
2014/08/27 Greek coastline legislation
2014/07/11 Privatisation of Greek Public Power Corporation (DEH) - compliance with constitutional traditions common to the Member States and with the provisions of Directive 2009/72/ΕC