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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!

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
2016/01/27 The Acuamed case and Commissioner Cañete
2015/12/02 Commissioner Cañete's approval of a proposed uranium mine
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
2016/07/25 Brexit: EU citizens in the UK
2016/03/04 Profitable plants are being closed so that they can be relocated
2016/02/24 Crisis in the steel industry
2016/02/24 Survival of the European steel industry and Sestao ACB
2017/09/25 Failure to comply with the agreement on the reception of persons in search of refuge
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'
2017/04/06 VP/HR - Conscientious objection to arms shipments to Saudi Arabia
2017/01/09 Accommodating foreign trade concerns regarding the new criteria for identifying endocrine disruptors
2016/03/08 VP/HR - EU appeal against the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling on the EU-Morocco trade agreement
2016/01/28 Tobacco agreement (PMI agreement)
2017/04/28 Retortillo uranium mine - breach of Community law
2017/04/28 Uranium mining in Retortillo - health impact
2017/02/09 Infringement of their rights and physical abuse of migrants by police forces in Croatia and Serbia
2017/01/12 Concern over the cold snap and the long-term situation of migrants
2016/11/17 Standards for reviewing the situation of people living in the vicinity of refineries
2016/10/20 VP/HR - Assassination of human rights' defenders in Honduras
2016/10/10 Situation of the Guaraní-Kaiowá people
2016/09/27 VP/HR - Human rights in Mexico on the second anniversary of Ayotzinapa
2016/05/09 VP/HR - Most recent attacks against civilians in Syria
2016/02/11 Violence against women
2015/12/10 Train crash in Santiago de Compostela (July 2013)
2017/05/16 Thermoelectric biomass power plant and radioactivity in Ukraine
2017/02/02 Almaraz nuclear waste repository - violation of the Aarhus Convention
2016/02/08 Safety problems at Almaraz nuclear power station
2016/01/29 Possible extension of the operating licence of the Garoña nuclear power station
2017/06/26 Fire in Doñana National Park
2016/11/17 The Petronor (Repsol) refinery, Biscay
2016/10/21 Commission position on the Southern Gas Corridor
2016/07/12 Gas storage - Doñana National Park
2017/06/08 VP/HR - International support by the EU for the peace agreements between the Government and FARC-EP (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army) in Colombia
2016/11/24 Energy poverty and breach of Directive 2009/72/EC
2016/11/24 Renewable energy in the Balearic Islands and echo sounding
2016/10/31 The end of the 'social bonus'
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
2016/10/13 Data collection on the ethnic origin of students: European Social Fund
2016/09/05 EU relations with Brazil following the ousting of Dilma Rousseff
2016/04/05 Panama Papers - establishment of an international tax agency
2016/02/29 Thalidomide
2016/02/04 Emergency funding - Sahrawi refugee camps
2017/07/03 Bank bailout in Spain
2017/03/16 Disciplinary proceedings against Spain over illegal landfill sites
2016/04/11 Potential outlawing of self-supply of electricity in Spain
2017/09/27 Detention of top officials of the Regional Government of Catalonia
2017/02/09 Construction of border fences in Lithuania using EU funding
2016/10/06 Cumulative effects of damages caused by 'regional natural disasters' as defined in Regulation (EU) No 661/2014
2016/04/21 Funding of studies preliminary to the construction of the MidCat
2016/04/06 Information on the Panamanian company Mossack Fonseca
2017/05/18 Access to information - consultation on projects of common interest
2017/03/29 Irregularities in management of EU funds for training in the coal sector
2017/03/28 Acuamed, water collection project in Algeciras - allocation of funds
2017/02/10 Acuamed case - withdrawal of European Funds for 17 projects
2017/01/19 Fate of the budget funds earmarked for aid for Syrian refugees in Turkey and emergency assistance in the Union
2016/11/14 VP/HR - Arbitrary detentions in Argentina: the case of Milagro Sala
2016/09/15 Acuamed and fraudulent use of EU public funds
2016/06/13 Acuamed plan to pollute the river Ebro