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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: 2017-10-16

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
Foreign Affairs Member afet
Petitions Member peti
Security and Defence Substitute sede
Industry, Research and Energy Substitute itre

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/10/02 VP/HR - Clear EU position regarding a third country's 'rights of intervention' in the affairs of a Member State
2017/07/18 VP/HR - Need for a clear EU position regarding a third country's rights of intervention in the affairs of a Member State
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2015/03/24 VP/HR - Netanyahu's rejection of a two-state solution
2017/01/30 Addition to future progress reports of a chapter assessing the adverse human rights implications of the EU-Turkey Agreement
2017/01/30 Fulfilment by the Commission of its obligation to assess the human rights implications of the EU-Turkey Association Agreement.
2016/04/08 Compliance of EU-Turkey deal with the non-refoulement principle
2016/04/04 Regarding leaked consolidated TTIP chapter
2016/02/29 Refugee question: Launch of the sanction procedure against Member States which close their borders and apply refugee entry quotas
2016/02/03 More than 10 000 unaccompanied children have gone missing in Europe over the last two years due to the lack of an integrated EU policy
2016/01/28 Tobacco agreement (PMI agreement)
2016/01/18 Unacceptable and subversive nomenclature in the Commission's annual progress report on the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
2015/12/01 Comprehensive strategy on missing and unaccompanied children
2015/10/15 Arbitrary statements by Mr Juncker regarding joint patrols by Turkey and Greece in the Aegean
2015/10/12 Aegean Islands' economy undermined by VAT hikes
2015/07/21 Lack of progress in the ratification by the EU Member States of an association agreement
2015/07/21 Discrepancies between the statistical results of the EU and Central America regarding the Association Agreement
2015/06/02 Addressing energy poverty in Europe
2015/04/30 Tax avoidance by big firms
2015/02/04 Election results and policy changes
2014/12/10 VP/HR - Self-determination and statehood in Western Sahara
2014/09/08 Conference of Western Balkan States organised by Germany
2014/08/29 Approval of Council Regulation (EU) n° 833/2014 of 31 July 2014
2014/07/15 Destruction of chemical weapons from Syria
2016/10/26 Combating racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance
2016/10/26 Combatting racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance
2014/09/09 Investigation into the crash of flight MH-17 in Ukraine
2017/08/01 Commission measures to protect the Greek minority in Albania
2017/01/30 VP/HR - What measures does the EU intend to take in response to repeated Turkish violations of its external borders?
2016/11/16 Measures by the Commission to protect the Greek minority in Albania
2016/04/07 Restructuring of the Greek Railway Organisation - TRAINOSE S.A.
2015/10/16 Uncontrolled recapitalisation of Greek systemic banks
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
2015/04/09 VP/HR - Turkish provocation of Greece
2015/01/21 Terrifying upsurge in unpaid work in Greece
2014/12/01 EU funding of Greek NGOs and International Organisations based in Greece
2015/05/13 Review of Directive on maternity leave
2015/05/13 Review of Directive on maternity leave
2015/04/17 Wave of refugees entering the EU: urgent need to review Union immigration policy
2014/12/11 Infringement of international Aarhus Convention and Directive 2001/42/EC in connection with the sale of the Elliniko site
2014/12/05 Infringement of Directive 2001/42/EC
2014/12/02 Infringement of Article 107 et seq. TFEU in connection with the transfer of ELLINIKO AE to Lamda Development SA
2014/11/18 Violation of Directive 2008/50/EC due to an increase in the price of heating oil in Greece
2017/01/06 Health risks related to consumption of vegetable oils, in particular palm oils
2016/09/02 Health risks related to consumption of vegetable oil, in particular palm oil
2016/06/03 Health risks related to the consumption of vegetable oils, and in particular palm oils
2017/02/08 Israeli law legalising illegal settlements in the West Bank
2017/02/07 LAW-TRAIN, Horizon 2020 and Israeli human rights abuses
2016/10/26 VP/HR - Ending illegal economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the USA on Cuba
2016/10/20 VP/HR - Assassination of human rights' defenders in Honduras
2016/06/06 Respect of fundamental rights and the principle of mutual sincere cooperation in agreements relating to asylum and migration policies
2016/01/13 VP/HR - Israel denies UN Special Rapporteur access to occupied Palestinian territories
2015/12/07 Reports of consistent abuse of asylum-seekers by Bulgarian police
2015/12/01 Implementation of Council decisions on the relocation of 160 000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece
2015/12/01 Compatibility of the establishment and management of hotspots with EU law
2015/10/19 Access to finance for the SMEs
2015/07/21 Report of the United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the possible commission of war crimes during the 2014 Gaza conflict
2015/06/02 VP/HR - Israeli military training in the occupied Palestinian territory
2015/04/08 International arrest warrants against asylum seekers and refugees
2015/03/31 Illegal changes to place names
2015/01/06 Syrian refugees in Athens
2014/09/30 Illegal diplomas issued by private education providers
2014/07/03 Report by a UN expert on human rights abuses in Greece as a result of the implementation of austerity measures
2016/05/26 VP/HR - EU measures to end Turkish encroachments on its external borders
2015/04/07 End of milk quotas
2015/04/07 End of milk quotas
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'
2017/03/28 Mr Dijsselbloem's remarks on what caused the economic crisis in southern Europe
2016/12/05 Violation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in Greece, concerning labour relations
2016/08/01 Memorandum of Understanding regarding the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) three-year programme and compliance with rules on competition and state aid
2016/02/02 Whose interests are served by the contraction of the primary sector in Greece by the Quartet and government?
2016/02/01 Political crisis in FYROM and failure of EU diplomacy
2016/02/01 Failure of the FYROM government to implement the agreed reforms
2015/10/15 VP/HR - The EU's stand on Israel's policy of blind violence towards Palestinian citizens
2015/10/07 ECJ ruling in case C-362/14 of 6 October 2015
2015/10/02 Volkswagen scandal - responsibilities of the European Commission
2015/09/28 Volkswagen's emissions fraud and the protection of EU citizens
2015/05/20 European Aid for Nepal
2015/05/19 Information on euro area loan facility accounts
2015/01/26 Appeal against the decision of the Court of Justice removing Hamas from the EU's list of terrorist organizations
2014/12/22 Downgrading of the National School of Public Administration and Local Government, which is financed by European funds
2014/12/22 Need for protection of social rights
2014/11/17 'Haircut' of Greece's public international debt
2014/10/16 Re-examination of modified public service employment contracts
2014/10/15 The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (ΤΤΙP) deregulates the European common agricultural policy, poses a threat to social cohesion and obstructs economic growth
2014/07/25 Urgent need to complete and improve EU environmental protection legislation
2014/07/16 Restriction of competition affecting the Public Power Corporation (DEH)
2014/07/08 Monitoring compliance by Greece with the decisions of the European Committee of Social Rights
2017/06/09 The EU Youth Guarantee Programme
2016/01/13 VP/HR - Mass executions in Saudi Arabia
2015/12/07 Impunity of Francoist crimes in the Spanish state
2015/12/07 Japanese whaling in the Antarctic
2015/06/01 Humanitarian aid shortage in the Tindouf Camps
2015/05/06 Spanish State aid to the banking sector
2015/03/31 Extension to Rural Development Programme 2007-2013
2015/02/27 VP/HR - Torture in Saudi Arabia