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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!


Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Liberal Democrats
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Member envi
Women's Rights and Gender Equality Substitute femm
Development Substitute deve



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2016/10/26 Combating racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance
2016/10/26 Combatting racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of intolerance
2015/01/12 VP/HR - Harassment of the LGBTI community in Egypt
2016/07/01 Reorganisation of the Corpo Forestale dello Stato (CFS -State Forestry Agency) - CITES offices
2016/05/03 Breach of the Birds and Habitats Directives
2016/03/18 Malta's spring-hunting season and the endangered turtle dove
2015/11/18 Decision of Scientific Review Group to continue to allow the import of lion hunting trophies
2015/09/03 Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive - objection to Commission's delegated act exempting cadmium in display and lighting applications
2015/07/28 Sustainability of lion hunting trophy imports into EU
2015/06/18 Turtle dove and enforcement of the Birds and Habitats Directives
2015/04/13 Daimler's non-compliance with the MAC Directive
2015/01/30 Enforcement of Landfill Directive
2014/10/29 Enforcement of Timber Regulation
2014/10/29 Malta and the Birds Directive
2017/01/06 European Commission Wine
2016/05/23 European Union Youth Orchestra
2016/03/01 Commission's response to Parliament's strategic initiative report on biodiversity
2016/01/19 EU post-2016 Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings
2015/09/21 A new animal welfare strategy for 2016-2020
2015/06/18 The gender dimension of trafficking in human beings
2015/02/27 Horizon 2020 and the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)
2014/12/08 Breaches of the human rights of children with disabilities
2017/01/17 Application of the free movement directive by the UK
2016/07/04 Preserving UK participation in Erasmus scheme
2016/05/11 Delays affecting the Basic Payments Scheme for UK farmers
2016/04/11 Erasmus students from UK
2016/01/12 Benefits of EU research funding to UK science and innovation
2015/12/02 Reducing health inequalities in the EU
2015/12/01 Diesel pollution: Euro 6 and emission factors
2015/11/09 EU VAT review
2015/09/07 Printer cartridges and the EU waste hierarchy
2015/07/13 Situation in Calais and freedom of movement of goods and people
2015/07/02 The need for rigorous, high-quality research into demand reduction for sexual exploitation
2015/04/13 VAT on purchases by search and rescue services
2016/06/15 Cancellation of conference on future-proof nature policy
2015/07/16 Addressing child malnutrition in the EU's development policy
2015/06/22 EU standards on the flammability of children's fancy dress costumes
2015/03/30 Mail-order bride industry
2015/03/03 March 2015 conference on wildlife crime in Kasane, Botswana
2015/02/02 Child sex tourism
2015/03/10 Ratification of the Istanbul Convention
2015/03/10 Ratification of the Istanbul Convention
2016/05/26 EU ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetics
2016/04/07 Panama Papers and EU action against tax havens
2016/02/08 UK's Google tax ruling and the Commission investigation
2015/12/09 TTIP - Ensuring large corporations pay their fair share of corporation tax
2015/11/18 Measures being taken to support the European steel sector
2015/10/08 Energy price websites and investigation into breach of EU law
2015/10/06 European Investment Bank loans for former Member States
2015/06/22 Seceding states and eurozone and Schengen membership
2015/04/09 VP/HR - Prosecution of war crimes in Syria
2014/12/08 EU action plan to combat deforestation
2014/12/04 EU measures to reduce Campylobacter levels in poultry meat
2016/10/12 Testing on primates
2016/02/08 Geographical indications and protected status for agricultural products
2016/01/12 Withdrawal from the EU under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty
2015/10/08 Legislative requirements for the labelling of fishery and aquaculture products
2015/03/16 Testing of cosmetic products on animals
2015/01/21 Products with protected designation of origin in Cyprus
2014/11/06 Welfare of farmed rabbits
2016/09/22 Roaming charges after Brexit
2016/03/21 French social charges and compensation
2015/11/05 Savings to EU consumers from abolishing roaming charges
2015/02/19 Outsourced border agencies
2015/01/21 Border checks in Gibraltar
2014/10/13 Delays at land border between Gibraltar and Spain
2014/07/25 Environmental complaint by the Spanish Government against Gibraltar
2015/11/09 Funding for jihadist groups
2015/10/20 Air conditioning refrigerants in cars and developing a framework for non-compliance
2015/03/23 Impact of EU policies on sugar cane farmers in developing countries
2015/02/02 Funding for private education in developing countries
2014/11/20 Equal access to education in developing countries

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