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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: 2018-07-05

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
2017/04/03 Academic freedom in Hungary under threat
2016/04/26 The case of Jan Böhmermann and respect for freedom of expression in Germany
2016/02/29 VP/HR - Freedom of expression in Bahrain and the case of Ebrahim Sharif
2016/02/29 VP/HR - Renewed fatwa on Salman Rushdie and freedom of expression in Iran
2016/01/22 VP/HR - Rising number of blasphemy sentences worldwide - outcome of the 2015 Freedom of Thought Report of the International Humanist and Ethical Union
2015/12/21 Freedom of religion and humanism in school curriculum
2017/06/13 Protocols for the identification of victims of terrorism
2017/06/01 Critical thinking in education
2017/03/27 The Dinka-Nuer conflict and the ensuing humanitarian crisis in South Sudan
2017/03/07 Xenophobia, racism and incitation to hate on television programme broadcast by public Basque network
2016/10/31 Access to copyrighted content for the education sector
2016/10/06 Archive of terrorist victims in danger of being lost
2016/09/30 Pulses and climate change
2016/08/31 Towards rules on EU-wide citizens' associations
2016/07/13 EFSA and protests against GMOs
2016/06/30 Biofuels and climate change
2015/12/21 Taxation of works of art in the EU
2018/04/10 Judicial cooperation between Member States in criminal matters
2018/03/02 Removal of obstacles to tax harmonisation in the single market
2018/02/06 Governing a Member State region from another Member State
2017/12/18 Harmonisation of criminal law among Member States to prevent 'criminal havens' in the EU
2016/11/10 Resolution by the regional Parliament of Cataluña (Spain) violating the principle of fair cooperation between EU Member States and the single market
2016/10/31 'No Lost Generation' programme - Education for refugees
2016/08/31 Referendum on the resettlement of refugees among the Member States
2018/05/22 Tariffs on black olives from Spain
2018/03/02 Inefficiency of EU development aid in Burma: 2018 ECA report findings
2017/01/16 VP/HR - Disappearance of liberal activists in Pakistan
2016/12/21 New regulation on labelling products suitable for coeliacs
2016/08/31 Aid to Italy after the earthquake
2016/07/01 The contribution of high efficiency cogeneration to primary energy savings and the development of this technology
2016/05/25 Encouraging quantum technology
2016/01/22 Spain and the 'University Quality Indicators' study
2015/12/17 Cost of energy
2017/12/19 Refusal of VP/HR to meet with the 2017 Sakharov Prize laureates
2017/12/19 VP/HR - Refusal of the VP/HR to meet with the 2017 Sakharov Prize laureates
2016/11/22 Determining admissible levels of asbestos fibre ingested in drinking water and replacing asbestos cement pipes
2018/01/10 Presentation of the Muslim Brotherhood organisation in the video 'Jihad' #Spot7 of the SAFFRON project's #HeartofDarkness campaign
2017/09/28 New facts justifying the exclusion of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) from the EU Transparency Register
2017/01/11 Inclusion of the 'Sovereignty and Justice Independence Organisation' on the EU transparency register
2016/11/18 The EU Transparency Register and the ANC - Article 4(2) TEU breached by the ANC's objectives
2016/07/12 VP/HR - Australian immigration detention centres on Manus and Nauru islands
2016/04/26 Gene editing in humans
2016/03/10 VP/HR - Transparency regarding EU sanctions imposed on ISIL
2018/06/06 Growing suicide risk in middle-aged men
2018/05/28 The right to use public areas and impartiality of institutions
2018/03/20 Right to recognition of retirement benefits of European merchant seamen on Norwegian-flagged vessels
2018/03/12 VP/HR - Implementation of sanctions against Russia
2017/12/11 Impact of the anti-vaccine movement on public health
2016/11/30 Death penalty for homosexuals and the prevention of European radicalisation
2016/09/30 Pulses and food security
2016/09/07 Funding sanitation facilities
2016/06/21 The Rules of Procedure of the General Court and secret evidence
2016/06/20 Anti-fracking movement, Russia and energy security
2016/05/25 EU funding for the European Union Youth Orchestra
2016/05/24 Food loss and food waste
2016/04/15 Risk of legal proceedings against the European Union following the Judgment of the General Court of 10 December 2015 - Front Polisario v Council
2017/09/07 VP/HR - Bacha bāzī (pederasty) in Afghanistan and Europe's responsibility
2016/12/09 EU-Ecuador trade agreement and Canary Island bananas
2016/10/31 Compatibility of the third PCI list with the Paris Agreement
2016/08/31 Polygamy and child marriage in Europe
2016/02/29 No-go zones in Europe
2016/01/22 Blasphemy laws in Europe
2017/03/02 Human rights in Colombia
2017/02/08 Infringement of rights on the protection of personal data
2016/08/31 VP/HR - Respect for human rights and the non-religious minority in Turkey
2016/07/12 Negligence on the part of airline Vueling
2016/06/01 Sustainable and responsible fishing
2016/03/08 VP/HR - the Zika virus and women's rights
2015/12/21 VP/HR - LGBT rights in Tunisia
2018/05/07 Homeopathy is not medicine
2018/04/26 Telford and the collection of data on sexual abuse and violence against women
2018/04/26 EU support for combating domestic violence and the principle of non-discrimination
2018/03/16 Support for male victims of sexual abuse
2018/02/06 Misuse of European funds in the Autonomous Community of Catalonia
2017/11/10 VP/HR - Influence of Russian propaganda in Catalonia
2017/09/12 Law on the Referendum on Self-Determination and Law of Juridical Transition for Catalonia
2017/04/10 Illegal collection of sensitive data on the local police force in Barcelona by the city council
2017/03/27 Raül Romeva brands 15 000 Barcelona demonstrators falangists
2017/03/23 Mobile application for assessing 'language focus'
2017/03/17 GALILEO global navigation system and compatible mobile communication devices
2017/02/27 Free competition in the media
2017/02/02 Free tours: compliance with legislation
2017/01/10 Televisió de Catalunya and ideological manipulation of children
2016/12/22 VP/HR - Mohamed Ould Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir sentenced to death in Mauritania
2016/12/22 The role of science in political decision-making
2016/10/19 Schooling for Syrian children
2016/09/07 Plastic microbeads
2016/07/01 Promoting small-scale inland fisheries in the drylands of Sub-Saharan Africa
2016/06/24 Commission forecast on gas demand
2016/05/10 Language-based discrimination in Catalonia and fines against businesses
2016/04/27 Mercury pollution from power station emissions
2016/04/26 Legislative framework for regulating light pollution
2016/03/04 Politicisation of the media in Catalonia
2016/02/29 Comprehensive law against gender violence
2016/01/29 Instrumentalisation of educational establishments by the Catalan political authorities
2016/01/27 Chemical warfare agents (CWA) in the Baltic Sea
2015/12/22 VP/HR - Ashraf Fayadh, sentenced to death for apostasy