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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 European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
Christen Democratisch Appèl
Netherlands
Magic Circle
Fisheries Member pech
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Member envi
Agriculture and Rural Development Substitute agri



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2016/01/19 Measures to control bird flu in France
2015/09/25 Support for the chemical industry on the way to sustainability
2015/02/24 Support measures for pig farmers
2014/12/12 Further questions to E-009144/2014
2014/08/12 Support measures for farmers and horticulturalists harmed by embargo
2016/07/26 Implementation of the resolution on the Zikavirus
2016/06/30 Honey - labelling of country of origin
2016/05/04 Providing visas to Syrian clergy without intention to request asylum
2015/12/16 Fraud regarding the protected designation of origin (PDO) labelling of Parma ham
2014/11/12 Discrepancies regarding implementation of Natura 2000 policies in the EU (Netherlands and Germany)
2014/11/10 Implementation of the regulations on labelling by SMEs
2014/07/29 VP/HR - Christians in Iraq compelled to flee
2017/04/12 Major interpellation - Follow-up to the Brazilian meat imports scandal
2015/08/24 Establishment of a reference point for action relating to residues of prohibited substances in meat
2015/06/02 Monitoring of residues of prohibited substances in meat
2016/10/17 Switch between summer and winter time
2016/06/24 Improvement of Birds Directive and Habitat Directive guidelines to solve certain issues
2015/12/10 Reducing the prices of medicines
2015/11/04 Advertising of veterinary antibiotics
2017/08/29 Fines on fishermen for entering ports unannounced
2016/07/21 Call for a limitation of abusive fees charged for cross-border intra-EU phone calls and SMSs in the upcoming review of the telecoms framework
2016/02/24 Zika virus outbreak
2015/04/22 Outbreak of Xylella Fastidiosa
2014/10/13 Ebola controls at European airports
2014/08/12 Risk of an Ebola outbreak in Europe
2017/09/07 Trade barriers to exports of poultry to South Africa
2017/02/10 Transparency on exemption negotiations between the Netherlands and the Commission
2016/07/26 Water damage to agriculture and horticulture in the Netherlands
2016/07/06 TTX in mussels
2016/02/10 Eurostat: the Netherlands has the second highest cancer mortality rate in Europe
2016/02/04 The existence of non-tariff barriers for food exporters on the internal EU market
2015/03/05 Rural homes in the Netherlands: 'workplace' or dwelling
2014/11/18 Fish food from insect protein
2015/09/17 Geriatric Medicines Strategy
2015/03/04 Geriatric Medicines Strategy
2017/08/09 Fipronil Eggs
2017/02/03 Downgrading of free-range eggs
2016/12/07 Commission's approval of Germany's revised plan to introduce a road toll
2016/08/17 Requirement to participate in CBS surveys
2016/02/23 Wastewater discharge by NAM in the Dutch provinces of Overijssel and Drenthe
2015/09/02 Guaranteeing the free use of genetic resources
2017/08/29 Registration of equidae (equine passport)
2016/12/14 Cooked cured pork products: interpretation of Point 7 of Part A of Annex VI to Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011
2016/09/22 Type approval of electric agricultural tractor with fully electric braking system
2016/07/06 Medicine shortages
2014/11/18 Ear tag inspections for pig transport
2014/09/30 Joint agreements/decisions on agricultural products (Article 222 of Regulation (EU) No 1308/2013)
2014/09/29 Pig prices at a historic low
2017/07/14 Question RMI - impact on farm machinery market and lack of impact assessment
2017/02/09 Extension of period covered by plant breeders' rights in the case of flower bulbs and asparagus
2017/02/02 Lack of scientific basis for the Netherlands' policy on ammonia
2016/10/17 Commission ruling on 'state aid' objections to draft law on phosphate rights in the Netherlands
2016/10/04 Impact of a general ban on the treatment of catch crops and nitrogen-binding crops in ecological focus areas with plant protection products
2016/06/14 Legislation on botox treatments
2015/10/07 The role of farming in phosphate pollution
2014/07/09 Calculation of the cost of producing milk
2014/07/08 Report of a possible case of BSE in Romania

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