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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
Magic Circle
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Member envi
Transport and Tourism Substitute tran
Economic and Monetary Affairs Substitute econ

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2016/11/30 VP/HR - Spanish Government's consent to the use of Ceuta's port facilities by Moscow warships undermining EU sanctions and possible family links with Commissioner Arias Cañete
2015/12/07 Conflicts of interests involving Arias Cañete, Lamela and the company Berkeley
2015/12/07 Impunity of Francoist crimes in the Spanish state
2015/03/20 Formal proposal for amendment for consideration at the 27th meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
2017/07/13 Revision of Article 17 of Directive 2014/45/EU concerning periodic technical inspections of motor vehicles
2017/03/30 Advance pricing agreements and advance tax rulings in The Netherlands
2016/04/07 Large scale logging in Białowieża forest
2016/01/15 Waste water injection in the Netherlands
2015/11/04 Noise standards
2015/07/02 Transparency of guarantees (Directive 1999/44/EC) and economic life of products
2015/01/28 Incorrect implementation of Energy Performance of Buildings Directive certification scheme in the Netherlands
2014/11/11 Threatened withdrawal of Commission proposals for improvement of air quality and waste management
2014/07/24 Transposition of the Industrial Emissions Directive (2010/75/EU) by Poland and the legal status of the Polish Transitional National Plan
2014/07/02 Aggressive tax planning via the Netherlands
2015/12/01 VP/HR - EU-Saudi Arabia relationship
2015/07/23 Long-term 2°C consistent global climate goal for 2050 and associated cumulative emissions budgets
2015/05/08 EU funding of underground coal gasification projects
2014/07/02 Horizon 2020 funding for shale gas exploitation risks
2015/06/05 Tax rulings and recuperated tax
2015/03/31 Tax evasion by Eldorado
2015/03/31 Tax evasion by Eldorado
2017/03/21 EU regulation concerning the recycled rubber used on artificial sport pitches
2017/03/06 Competition rules as an obstacle to sustainable initiatives
2017/02/22 Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs)
2017/02/07 Scientific criteria for endocrine-disrupting properties - modification of derogation in the basic act - reference to EFSA
2016/06/27 Space mining
2017/09/05 JEFTA negotiations
2016/03/10 Use of European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds towards the EU's climate and energy targets
2015/09/21 A new animal welfare strategy for 2016-2020
2015/05/05 Publication of the trade sustainability impact assessment for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
2014/12/02 Commission methodology for calculating the output gap and structural budget balance
2016/04/06 Links between the 'Panama Papers' and the Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy
2016/03/03 Claim by Minister Stef Blok that Dutch energy efficiency label for buildings has been approved by the Commission
2016/01/13 Commission action to comply with judgment in Case T-521/14 Sweden v Commission
2015/03/31 Potential harmful consequences of Dutch pulse fishing practice
2015/01/12 Emissions from the Isla refinery on Curaçao: decades of negligent administration by Dutch Council of Ministers
2016/07/12 2016 UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco (COP22)
2016/07/12 2016 UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco (COP22)
2014/10/02 Climate Change Conference in Lima (COP 20)
2014/10/02 Climate Change Conference in Lima (COP 20)
2017/06/19 Support given by government-backed ECAs of EU countries to the fossil fuel sector
2017/04/05 Adoption of Best Available Techniques for large combustion plants
2017/02/13 Financing of fossil fuel extraction in Natura 2000 areas
2015/11/17 Dieselgate
2015/07/17 TTIP, public healthcare, GMOs, use of hormones in bovine sector and REACH
2015/06/30 Continuation of ETS derogations up to 2030
2015/01/13 Fuel Quality Directive and vapour pressure waiver applications
2016/09/09 Follow-up on the use of illegal defeat devices
2016/02/29 Thalidomide
2015/05/13 Environmental integrity of Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) in the EU's Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC)