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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
Magic Circle
Human Rights Member droi
Foreign Affairs Member afet
Money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion Member pana
Security and Defence Substitute sede
Economic and Monetary Affairs Substitute econ

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/09/06 Fraudulent procurement - The role of Commissioner Arias Cañete and allocation of EU funds
2017/06/01 OLAF investigation into Commissioner Arias Cañete
2017/03/28 Acuamed, water collection project in Algeciras - allocation of funds
2016/11/14 VP/HR - Arbitrary detentions in Argentina: the case of Milagro Sala
2016/10/17 Next steps towards corporate accountability: The EU's role on the UN's working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises
2016/05/03 New information on the Edward Snowden case
2016/01/27 The Acuamed case and Commissioner Cañete
2015/12/02 Commissioner Cañete's approval of a proposed uranium mine
2015/04/07 End of milk quotas
2015/04/07 End of milk quotas
2017/02/09 Infringement of their rights and physical abuse of migrants by police forces in Croatia and Serbia
2016/10/20 VP/HR - Assassination of human rights' defenders in Honduras
2016/09/27 VP/HR - Human rights in Mexico on the second anniversary of Ayotzinapa
2016/09/05 EU relations with Brazil following the ousting of Dilma Rousseff
2016/02/04 Emergency funding - Sahrawi refugee camps
2015/12/11 VP/HR - Recognition of violation of the Sahrawi people's rights
2015/11/06 VP/HR - Possible Special Representative for the Western Sahara
2015/10/30 VP/HR - Human rights in Mexico and updating the Global Agreement
2015/09/30 Fence along the Hungary-Serbia border
2015/09/30 Infringement of human rights by the new Hungarian migration law
2015/09/28 Human rights violations in border camps in Hungary
2015/05/21 VP/HR - Human rights situation in Western Sahara
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
2015/05/20 Self-consumption
2017/03/28 Mr Dijsselbloem's remarks on what caused the economic crisis in southern Europe
2017/02/09 EU funds to Serbia to mitigate the migration crisis
2016/11/24 Energy poverty and breach of Directive 2009/72/EC
2016/05/04 Appeal against Law 24/2015 of 29 June 2015 on urgent measures to address the housing and energy poverty crisis
2015/09/07 Humanitarian crisis, mass influx of displaced persons, implementation of Directive 2001/55/EC
2015/07/08 Quality of life and austerity in Europe
2015/06/02 Addressing energy poverty in Europe
2015/05/12 Lobbying in Europe
2015/04/22 Breach of privacy on Facebook
2017/02/16 The bombing of Guernica
2016/11/11 Lack of independence and pluralism at Radio Televisión Española (RTVE)
2016/10/10 Obstruction of justice to maintain impunity for the crimes of the Franco dictatorship
2016/04/08 Compliance of EU-Turkey deal with the non-refoulement principle
2016/04/06 Information on the Panamanian company Mossack Fonseca
2015/12/10 Train crash in Santiago de Compostela (July 2013)
2015/12/07 Impunity of Francoist crimes in the Spanish state
2015/10/21 Non-compliance on the part of the Spanish Government with the provisions of Directive 2013/33/EU
2015/10/14 Delay in the Commission's opinion on the Spanish budget
2015/09/28 Infringement of the right to asylum by the Spanish Law on Public Security
2015/05/21 Sale of state-subsidised homes in Madrid to a 'vulture fund'
2015/05/21 Spanish postal workers
2015/05/19 Refusal of extradition requests
2015/05/06 Spanish State aid to the banking sector
2015/05/21 Telefónica
2015/05/20 Energy inefficiency
2015/05/08 Energy inefficiency
2017/09/27 Detention of top officials of the Regional Government of Catalonia
2017/04/05 Sentence passed on Cassandra Vera and freedom of expression
2017/02/09 Construction of border fences in Lithuania using EU funding
2017/02/02 Almaraz nuclear waste repository - violation of the Aarhus Convention
2016/05/09 VP/HR - Most recent attacks against civilians in Syria
2016/02/29 Thalidomide
2016/01/29 Possible extension of the operating licence of the Garoña nuclear power station
2015/12/07 Liability for lindane pollution
2015/12/07 Discharge of lindane waste in Sabiñánigo
2015/09/30 Reinstating border controls
2015/06/17 Transparency of the application of the Stability and Growth Pact
2015/05/08 Self-supply
2017/06/21 Situation of 'mule women'
2017/04/06 VP/HR - Conscientious objection to arms shipments to Saudi Arabia
2017/03/16 Disciplinary proceedings against Spain over illegal landfill sites
2017/03/06 Unloading of bulk solids in the port of Alicante
2017/01/12 Concern over the cold snap and the long-term situation of migrants
2016/02/11 Violence against women
2015/07/09 TISA
2015/05/19 Situation of the Correos workers in Majadahonda
2015/05/05 Oil spills in the Canaries
2015/05/05 Oil slicks in the Canary Islands
2017/09/15 Application of Relocation Decisions 2015/1523 and 2015/1601 ahead of their expiration date (26 September 2017)
2017/05/23 Ruling by the General Court of the European Union on the Commission's decision of 10 September 2014 to refuse to register the European Citizens' Initiative 'STOP TTIP'
2017/04/05 Fate of the Pérez Galdós Secondary School
2017/01/19 Fate of the budget funds earmarked for aid for Syrian refugees in Turkey and emergency assistance in the Union
2016/10/13 Data collection on the ethnic origin of students: European Social Fund
2016/03/08 VP/HR - EU appeal against the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on the EU-Morocco trade agreement
2015/11/06 40 years since the 'Green March'
2015/09/23 The Memorandum Greece has been pushed to sign
2015/07/13 VP/HR - European LGBT activists expelled from Morocco
2015/06/10 Detailed findings of audits by the European Court of Auditors
2015/05/20 European Aid for Nepal
2017/09/25 Failure to comply with the agreement on the reception of persons in search of refuge
2017/07/03 Bank bailout in Spain
2016/11/18 Insecurity in the 'contact centre' sector
2016/04/05 Panama Papers - establishment of an international tax agency
2016/01/28 Tobacco agreement (PMI agreement)
2015/10/21 The regulation and establishment of time limits for transfers from the Melilla migrants' centre to mainland Spain
2015/07/13 Public education in Spain
2015/06/11 Job insecurity