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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!

European Conservatives and Reformists Group
Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie
Magic Circle
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Member envi
EU authorisation procedure for pesticides Substitute pest
Transport and Tourism Substitute tran

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2018/03/02 Air passengers' rights
2017/11/28 VP/HR - Human rights situation in Vietnam and the free trade agreement
2017/08/31 Arrest of EU/Turkish journalists by Spain following Turkey's request; violation of fundamental rights
2017/05/15 Turkish referendum on the reintroduction of the death penalty
2016/07/18 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council
2016/05/19 VP/HR - Human rights situation of Christians in Nigeria
2016/05/03 Free trade agreement between the EU and Vietnam: human rights impact assessment
2016/02/11 Human rights situation in Eritrea
2016/01/06 VP/HR - Human rights situation in Turkish Kurdistan
2015/06/25 VP/HR - Situation in Guinea
2015/03/03 VP/HR - Human rights dialogue with Iran
2015/02/11 VP/HR - EU-China Human Rights Dialogue - Self-immolations in Tibet
2015/01/06 VP/HR - Cyber dialogue between the EU and US
2017/03/29 Language discrimination case: sanction for speaking in Catalan with Spanish policemen at Barcelona airport
2017/02/02 VP/HR - Recent executions in Bahrain
2015/10/15 VP/HR - recent rebellion in Tajikistan
2014/11/13 VP/HR - The case of Souad Al-Shammary in Saudi Arabia
2014/09/30 VP/HR - Case of Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia
2017/11/17 Violence employed by the Spanish police in Catalonia
2016/11/30 VP/HR - Spanish Government's consent to the use of Ceuta's port facilities by Moscow warships undermining EU sanctions and possible family links with Commissioner Arias Cañete
2016/04/07 Nagorno-Karabakh
2016/03/18 VP/HR - Spanish Government consent to Russian warships using Ceuta's port facilities
2015/09/21 Commission's position on the possible independence of Catalonia
2018/02/22 CEF, TEN-T, inland waterways
2017/11/20 Child labour exploitation by coffee and cocoa corporations
2017/03/02 Antimicrobial resistance
2016/11/08 Research into alternative production methods for foie gras
2016/09/02 Research into alternatives to forced feeding in the production of foie gras
2016/05/31 Foie gras: studies on alternative methods not including 'gavage'
2015/01/05 Foie gras
2017/04/18 Hunting of migratory bird species during spring in Malta
2017/03/21 ECHA opinion on the safety of artificial grass pitches
2017/03/02 Spring hunting
2016/04/28 Administrative delays in processing applications
2016/03/17 Commission action needed in response to Malta reopening the spring hunting season
2015/04/13 Spring hunting in Malta
2018/02/27 Freedom of expression under threat in Spain
2017/06/08 State of the rule of law in Spain: state prosecutor files a complaint against Catalan Minister Borràs for the purchase of ballot boxes
2017/02/28 Cooperation between Eurojust and the United Nations regarding terrorism issues
2016/06/29 European aid to fruit and vegetable growers
2016/06/29 VP/HR - Minorities in Syria and Iraq
2016/06/16 VP/HR - Anti-terrorism law in China
2016/05/03 Breach of the Birds and Habitats Directives
2016/03/21 Use of European migration resources in and outside the Union
2016/03/01 Commission's response to Parliament's strategic initiative report on biodiversity
2016/02/08 VP/HR - Israel's separation wall in Palestine: legality of EU funding of security firm Elbit
2015/10/15 VP/HR - Sri Lanka - UN report on civil war
2015/03/19 Direct aid for businesses from the ERDF
2015/02/26 European political prisoners abroad
2015/01/05 Influenza A / H3N2
2014/12/04 VP/HR - Arrest of leading anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid
2014/11/17 Avian influenza variant H5N8
2018/05/17 Stearin in beeswax
2017/08/28 VP/HR - Conviction of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia
2017/05/12 Conflict between the Sulphur Directive and the Water Framework Directive
2017/04/18 Visa fraud in Ukraine
2016/05/24 VP/HR - Democratic Republic of Congo
2016/02/08 VP/HR - Lack of EU reaction to Israel's settlements expansion
2015/02/26 VP/HR - Shanghai Cooperation Organisation - expansion in 2015
2015/02/06 VP/HR - Addition of the so-called 'Donetsk People's Republic' and 'Lugansk People's Republic' to the EU list of proscribed terrorist organisations
2015/01/29 Negotiations concerning financial assistance for Ukraine
2015/01/13 VP/HR - Seized financial assets of Panzi Hospital in eastern Congo
2014/12/22 VP/HR - The conflict in eastern Ukraine: the 'Joint Centre for Control and Coordination'
2018/02/27 NGO workers accused of abusing woman and children: need for greater transparency
2017/04/10 Slaughter without stunning
2016/11/10 Interface between the circular economy and policy on chemicals
2016/08/22 EU subsidies for bullfighting
2016/07/18 Animal welfare during transport and slaughter
2016/06/15 Cancellation of conference on future-proof nature policy
2016/06/01 Possible takeover of Monsanto by Bayer
2016/04/25 Increasing the transparency of information on emissions: the role of Emissions Analytics
2016/02/05 Zika virus
2015/09/23 Increasing the maximum permissible mercury content of fish
2015/08/12 Final report on animal welfare inspections of the slaughter of animals in Belgium and interpretations in the press
2015/03/16 Regulation (EU) No 576/2013 on the non-commercial movement of pet animals
2015/02/11 VP/HR - India: rebel groups in Assam
2015/01/30 VP/HR - Arab League: conference on Syria and Libya
2017/05/18 Medical use of formaldehyde
2017/05/03 Exchanges of vehicle data
2016/03/21 Participation of European banks in the Russian bond issue
2016/01/04 EU counter-measures to Russian trade sanctions against Ukraine
2015/07/13 VP/HR - Russian propaganda directed towards the EU
2015/06/25 VP/HR - Russian espionage
2015/03/23 Inexplicable physical symptoms and Lyme disease
2015/03/03 Turkmenistan - field office
2017/05/02 Dual nationality (EU/non-EU)
2017/03/30 Ban on neonicotinoids
2016/02/23 European ban on the breeding of fur animals
2015/07/21 Drying up of Lake Urmia
2015/04/21 New EASAC study on neonicotinoids
2014/12/22 VP/HR - The reforms in Moldova and the Gagauzian minority