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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!

Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
Partido Popular
Magic Circle
Agriculture and Rural Development Member agri
EU authorisation procedure for pesticides Member pest
Terrorism Substitute terr
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Substitute envi
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Substitute libe

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2018/01/25 The cane sugar refining sector in Portugal and FTA negotiations
2017/11/24 80% drop in honey production in Portugal
2017/02/28 Portugal still included in the Commission's list of countries with macroeconomic imbalances
2017/02/16 Financial corrections imposed on Portugal (III)
2016/10/31 Portugal's Budget
2016/10/31 Financial corrections imposed on Portugal I
2016/10/31 Financial adjustments imposed on Portugal II
2016/08/31 Use of antibiotics as growth promoters in poultry
2016/07/14 Brussels demands further budget guarantees from Portugal
2016/06/02 OECD scales down economic growth forecasts for Portugal
2014/11/12 Legionella outbreak in Portugal
2014/11/12 New haemorrhagic virus decimating wild rabbits in Portugal
2014/11/12 Checks on rice imported from EBA countries
2018/02/19 Vehicle tax
2017/11/15 Extreme drought in the Iberian Peninsula
2017/05/31 Delay in the introduction of renewable energy
2017/03/09 Tax havens
2017/02/28 Delay in transposing EU directives
2016/12/01 Cooperation between judicial authorities on access to encrypted communications
2016/11/30 Cooperation between judicial authorities on access to encrypted communications
2016/10/31 Noxious discharges into Sever do Vouga
2016/01/29 Noxious discharges in the river Ferreira
2015/05/07 Tourist tax and foreign citizens
2014/09/05 VP/HR - Self-proclaimed Republic of Donetsk
2018/01/31 Venezuelans reduced to eating animal feed
2017/05/02 Imports of seafood products into the EU
2017/03/09 A multispeed Europe
2015/01/30 Russian embargo - compensatory measures for farmers II
2014/10/06 Russian embargo - compensatory measures for farmers
2014/09/05 Ebola - possible sixfold increase in cases of infection
2016/04/20 Banif Bank (IX)
2016/04/06 Banif Bank (IV)
2016/01/29 Banif bank
2016/01/29 Banif bank
2016/01/29 Banif bank
2017/12/12 Bitcoin
2016/11/30 Brexit and European aviation
2016/06/30 Brexit: Scotland and Northern Ireland
2016/06/30 Brexit: Scotland and Northern Ireland
2016/06/30 Brexit: impact on the CAP
2016/06/27 Brexit and EU institution officials
2014/09/02 Bacterial canker of kiwifruit (Psa)
2018/01/31 African citrus psyllid
2017/05/04 The 'blue whale' game
2016/03/29 The fight against terrorism II
2016/03/29 Fight against terrorism I
2015/12/16 Package of legislation on the acquisition of firearms
2015/11/18 VP/HR - The fight against terrorism
2018/01/31 Fentanyl
2018/01/31 Special contact lens has slowed the progression of myopia in children
2017/12/12 Round Trip Without Sleep
2017/12/05 Children dying from pneumonia
2017/10/12 Bacterial resistance causing increasing numbers of deaths worldwide
2017/10/12 25 million fake medicines seized in international operation
2017/10/12 Abuse of migrant children and young people
2017/10/12 Shortage affecting more than 80% of medicines in Venezuela
2017/07/13 VP/HR - Deaths in Venezuela
2017/07/13 Hyperinflation in Venezuela
2017/06/12 Ruling party workers in Venezuela to receive military training
2017/05/08 Proposal for restructuring sovereign debt
2017/03/31 Operation 'Carne Fraca' in Brazil
2017/03/10 Food security: recognition of the role of livestock
2017/01/18 Public debt restructuring
2016/11/30 Mutual recognition of the freezing and seizing of assets of criminal origin
2016/11/03 Secret agreement between the French Government and the EU
2016/08/31 Situation in Venezuela
2016/08/31 Legal protection for whistleblowers acting in the public interest
2016/08/31 EU-USA Trade Agreement
2016/07/14 Legal force of the UK referendum
2016/07/14 Migrant-smuggling networks
2016/07/04 UNICEF annual report
2016/05/26 EU-Turkey Agreement I
2016/04/13 Endocrine disruptors
2016/04/06 New audit scheme for public-interest entities
2016/03/08 Reversal of transport concessions
2016/01/20 Commerzbank report
2015/10/30 Food packaged in cardboard
2015/10/20 Research into a cure for cancer
2015/10/20 Negotiations between the EU and Turkey in the context of the refugee crisis
2015/09/30 Refugee crisis - permanent relocation mechanism
2015/06/03 Posting of workers to other Member States
2015/03/31 Xylella fastidiosa - outbreak affecting economically important plants II
2015/03/31 Xylella fastidiosa - outbreak affecting economically important plants I
2014/11/12 Rice blast disease
2014/07/24 Auditing of EAGGF-funded projects - municipality of Vinhais
2017/12/12 VP/HR - Slavery in Libya
2017/10/25 Fires in the EU
2017/09/07 Silopor I
2017/07/13 Child labour
2017/06/07 Spice
2017/03/31 EU enlargement
2017/01/18 Silopor
2018/06/08 Social Inclusion and Employment Operational Programme (POISE)
2017/12/12 Tagus-Segura water transfer
2017/09/27 Ryanair cancellations
2017/07/13 Human trafficking
2017/06/12 New psychoactive substances
2017/05/31 Coral bleaching
2017/04/12 Contribution of the hunting sector to the EU economy
2017/03/10 Working animals in subsistence farming: a valuable contribution
2016/10/31 Amendments to the 2020 rural development programme
2015/09/30 Aid packages for the fruit and vegetable and beef and veal sectors
2015/09/30 Aid packages for the milk sector
2015/06/02 Employment contracts at Ryanair
2015/01/30 Work Programme 2015 - A New Start: distribution of fruit and milk in schools
2015/01/30 Work Programme 2015 - A New Start: organic farming
2015/01/30 Rural development programme 2020
2014/09/02 Chestnut gall wasp
2014/07/24 Anti-cholesterol drug increases the risk of death
2014/07/24 Milk quotas post 2015
2017/10/25 Obesity
2017/10/25 Pesticides in European food
2017/07/13 'Matemática em Movimento' project
2017/05/31 VP/HR - Killing of Christians by Islamic terrorists in Egypt
2017/03/31 Chronic respiratory diseases - pilot project in Alentejo
2017/03/09 European integration at different speeds
2017/02/16 The European investigation order
2017/02/16 Iberia's failure to comply with European rules
2017/01/19 New safety incident at the Almaraz nuclear power plant
2017/01/12 Almaraz nuclear power plant
2016/12/12 Piracy and counterfeiting in the European Union
2016/11/03 Endangered gorillas
2016/08/31 Hepatitis B vaccine in nasal spray
2016/04/25 Turkish ultimatum to the EU
2016/04/20 Funding applications under the BENEF 13 framework contract
2015/09/30 Refugee crisis - common European list of safe countries of origin
2015/06/05 European Agenda on Migration - quota system
2015/03/31 Air safety in the European Union
2015/03/31 Serbian membership of the European Union
2015/03/31 'Olha-Te' project
2015/02/04 New sanctions against Russia
2014/11/12 Relations between Russia and NATO
2014/10/09 Espaço T - Association for the support of social and community integration
2014/09/02 Private copying law: compensation system
2014/07/24 Strengthening of Russia's military capabilities
2014/07/24 Malaysian aeroplane shot down by missile-fire over Ukraine