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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!


Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
Scottish National Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Foreign Affairs Member afet
Agriculture and Rural Development Substitute agri



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2015/07/02 VP/HR - The case of President Omar al-Bashir before the International Criminal Court
2014/10/09 VP/HR - The EU, Palestine and the International Criminal Court
2016/02/12 VP/HR - Reaction to Israel's destruction of development projects funded by the UK, Denmark and the EU
2016/02/08 VP/HR - Israel's separation wall in Palestine: legality of EU funding of security firm Elbit
2016/02/08 VP/HR - Lack of EU reaction to Israel's settlements expansion
2015/12/07 Impunity of Francoist crimes in the Spanish state
2015/05/05 VP/HR - Inquiry into alleged war crimes in Israel's 2014 war in Gaza
2015/04/28 VP/HR - Northern Gaza's EU-funded sewage project destroyed during latest Israel-Gaza war
2015/04/09 VP/HR - Prosecution of war crimes in Syria
2015/03/13 VP/HR - EU-ICC Action Plan: monitoring of investigations conducted by Israel and Palestine
2017/02/03 International status of Western Sahara under international and EU law
2017/02/03 EU fishing in Western Sahara waters under the EU-Morocco Fishing Agreement
2017/02/03 EU health and food safety inspections in Western Sahara
2017/01/13 Future status of British Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus
2015/07/21 Microsoft Windows 10 and EU law
2015/02/06 VP/HR - EU actions to protect natural resources of Western Sahara from illegal exploitation
2014/12/18 Status of the TISA (Trade in Services Agreement) negotiations
2014/12/10 VP/HR - Self-determination and statehood in Western Sahara
2014/09/02 Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the National Health Service
2017/01/19 VP/HR - Egypt: The case of Ramy El-Sayed
2015/12/01 VP/HR - EU-Saudi Arabia relationship
2015/02/17 VP/HR - Case of Ahmed Douma and other political prisoners in Egypt
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
2017/09/01 VP/HR - EU support for democracy and human rights in Bangladesh
2017/07/14 VP/HR - EU support to human rights NGOs in Israeli-occupied Golan
2015/07/02 VP/HR - GCC-EU human rights cooperation
2015/05/28 VP/HR - Human rights abuses in Bangladesh
2015/03/12 Tribal people's rights
2015/03/03 Tunisia-EU counter-terrorism cooperation and human rights
2014/12/09 VP/HR - Human rights of Bedouins in Israel and the West Bank
2017/05/31 Impact of Brexit on Scotland's Protected Geographic Indications (PGIs)
2016/05/25 EU funding for the European Union Youth Orchestra
2016/02/18 Right of residence
2015/10/07 VP/HR - European Parliament resolution on armed drones
2015/10/07 VP/HR - EU policy on the death penalty after targeted killings by UK drones
2015/06/15 VP/HR - Bases for European drones in North-African countries
2015/05/21 Right to strike
2015/03/12 Harmonisation of electricity markets
2015/02/27 Electricity surcharge in the north of Scotland
2015/01/26 Family migration to the UK from non-EEA countries
2014/11/10 EU funding of drones research for civilian and military use
2014/11/10 VP/HR - Steps taken by the Vice-President / High Representative following Parliament's resolution on drones
2014/07/25 EEA Family Permits
2016/04/04 Meat labelling
2015/06/29 Industrially processed trans fatty acids (IPTFA)
2015/06/11 Island air fares
2015/06/03 Industrially produced trans fatty acids (ITFAs) in food
2014/11/06 Unfair trading practices (UTPs) in the business-to-business food supply chain
2014/10/16 VP/HR - Destruction of EU projects in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
2017/03/22 VP/HR - EU-Egypt Association Council: promoting a plural, independent and free civil society
2017/01/27 Minor interpellation - VP/HR - Israeli settlement policy
2016/01/18 VP/HR - Evictions of Palestinian families by Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem
2015/12/07 VP/HR - Asset recovery in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya: state of play
2015/07/16 VP/HR - Israeli Knesset bill restricting the independence of civil society
2015/06/09 Birds and Habitats Directives
2015/04/17 VP/HR - Israeli settlers using Palestinian child labour for EU exports
2014/11/13 Discrimination against non-Croatian EU citizens in Croatia
2014/10/09 VP/HR - EU-wide labelling guidelines on products from Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territories
2015/11/25 Merger - SABMiller and AB InBev
2015/09/21 A new animal welfare strategy for 2016-2020
2015/06/18 EU alcohol strategy
2015/04/17 VP/HR - League of Arab States Liaison Office in Malta
2015/02/06 Standardisation of airline hand baggage allowances
2015/02/03 EU response to illegal annexations in Ukraine and Palestine
2015/01/27 EU emergency response to Malawi floods
2014/11/04 VP/HR - EU strategy towards Iran
2017/02/09 Consequences of UK leaving Euratom
2016/11/07 EU inquiry into UK assurances given to Nissan to secure investments after the EU referendum
2016/09/16 VP/HR - EU position on UK concealment of torture allegations in Bahrain
2016/05/02 VP/HR - EU efforts to protect UK citizens unjustly detained in Iran
2016/03/15 VP/HR - Lack of independence and efficacy of UK-funded bodies against torture in Bahrain
2016/02/29 VP/HR - Bahrain's detention of Khalil Al-Halwachi
2015/11/11 UK Renewable Energy Targets 2020
2015/10/21 Compatibility of UK Trade Union Bill with EU standards
2015/09/08 VP/HR - Drone strikes
2015/03/12 EU ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women (the Istanbul Convention)
2014/10/09 Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy and list of specified risk material in ruminants

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