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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!


Non-attached Members
Democratic Unionist Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Fisheries Member pech
Agriculture and Rural Development Member agri
Constitutional Affairs Substitute afco



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2016/07/25 Public safety at the Olympic Games
2015/12/21 Exerting pressure on Gulf Arab States to combat IS
2015/11/03 Impact of Telecoms Regulation upon opt-in porn filters online
2015/06/12 Supporting political stability in Madagascar
2015/06/12 Impact of public smoking bans across the Member States
2014/12/16 Protection against militant attacks in the Member States
2014/11/27 Supporting economic recovery in the Member States
2014/10/31 Provision for people with disabilities in public transport
2014/08/19 Improving air safety in conflict zones
2016/09/20 VP/HR - Protection of religious minorities in Tanzania
2015/09/25 Research into dementia
2015/06/12 Respect for UK opt-out from migrant relocation plans
2015/06/12 Aid commitment to education projects in Pakistan
2015/06/12 Preventing misappropriation of EU funds in Pakistan
2015/06/12 Respect for religious minorities in Pakistan
2015/03/11 Protection of religious minorities in the Maldives
2015/01/28 Religious freedoms in Turkey
2014/12/16 Protection against a designer baby culture
2014/08/19 Protection for minority faith groups in Iraq
2017/04/03 VP/HR - Fundamental freedoms in Taiwan
2017/01/31 Combating anti-Semitism
2016/11/30 VP/HR - Freedoms in Vietnam
2015/08/06 Combating the rise in anti-Semitism
2015/06/12 Rise in internet usage across the EU
2015/06/12 Use of non-enriched cage systems
2015/03/11 Fundamental freedoms in Egypt
2015/03/11 Respecting fundamental freedoms in Bahrain
2015/02/10 Misuse of anti-terrorism laws in Saudi Arabia
2014/11/27 Preventing travel disruption due to ash
2014/08/19 Preventing a rise in EU anti-Semitism
2016/04/13 VP/HR - Attacks against churches in India
2015/11/03 Destruction of Christian churches in Indonesia
2015/11/03 Murder of Christian convert in Uganda
2015/09/25 EU rules on campaigning in national referenda
2015/06/12 Species decline in India
2015/06/12 Consolidating reports on a reduction in Somali pirate attacks
2015/06/12 Preventing radicalisation within all spheres of public and civic life
2015/03/11 Safeguarding Christian communities in the Middle East
2014/12/16 Safety of Christian aid workers
2014/12/16 Trade links with India
2014/11/27 VP/HR - Threat of radicalisation in India
2016/01/29 Much-needed review of intervention prices
2015/12/21 Commission position on intervention prices
2015/06/12 Alleviating the impact of reduced farm-gate prices
2015/02/10 Allegations of rape by Egyptian police force
2015/02/10 Current fall in oil prices
2014/08/19 EU action against the Islamic State (IS)
2017/01/31 Malaria treatments
2017/01/31 VP/HR - Admission of Morocco to AU
2016/04/13 Media freedom in Romania
2014/12/16 Religious freedom in Bhutan
2014/12/16 Freedom of speech in Malaysia
2014/11/27 Number of civil recoveries in the EU
2017/04/03 Response to the Vnuk judgement
2017/01/31 VP/HR - Iranian missile testing
2016/09/20 VP/HR - Chemical weapons in Libya
2016/07/25 VP/HR - Venezuela-Colombia relations
2016/07/25 VP/HR - Deployment of African Union troops
2016/01/29 Action on Burundi mass graves
2016/01/29 Impact assessment on proposal for revision of Firearms Directive
2016/01/26 Rationale for delay in publishing Commission Decision (EU) 2015/1583 in the Official Journal of the European Union
2015/11/03 Decision to suspend sanctions against Belarus
2015/10/19 Compliance with the Istanbul Convention
2015/08/06 Response to assassination of senior General in Burundi
2015/06/12 Status report on relations with Libya
2015/06/12 Security measures against the prospective transit of extremists to Europe
2015/06/12 Capital punishment in Saudi Arabia
2015/06/12 Assessment of the impact of mandatory country of origin labelling
2015/03/11 Lèse-majesté laws in Thailand
2015/03/11 EU Youth Conference (23-26 March 2015)
2015/02/10 Contact with Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
2015/01/28 Protecting the graves of World War dead from extremists
2014/12/16 Northern Ireland beef industry
2014/12/16 Violence at Euro 2016 qualifier
2014/12/16 Report by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
2014/12/16 Protecting the health food supplements industry
2014/12/10 Premiums for motorists
2014/12/10 European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling regarding church law in Hungary
2014/12/10 Violence in the Central African Republic
2014/11/27 Frozen assets in Libya
2014/10/31 Impact of EU Money Laundering Directive
2014/09/25 Securing a safe and transparent food chain
2014/09/25 Compliance with the EU Industrial Emissions Directive
2016/11/30 Support for those displaced by recent Italian earthquake
2016/11/30 VP/HR - Update on the fight against al-Shabaab
2016/07/25 Humanitarian situation in Borno
2016/04/13 Fight against Al-Shabaab
2016/04/13 EU grant support to UK private sector business organisations
2015/12/21 EU aid support to Yemen
2015/12/21 Support for Nigerian refugees returning to local communities
2015/08/10 Increasing number of cases of eating disorders among young people
2015/06/12 Support for fight against cancer
2015/06/12 Humanitarian crisis in Yemen
2015/06/12 EU support for measures presenting healthy daily dietary recommendations
2015/03/11 Raising awareness of early signs of cancer
2015/03/11 Update on the work of the Voices of Victims of Terrorism (VVT) Working Group
2015/02/10 Uptake of the flu vaccine
2015/02/10 Use of Vitamin D tablets
2015/01/28 EU support for the cessation of violence in Kashmir
2015/01/28 EU support for the release of Saeed Abedini
2014/12/16 Legal support for victims of serious crime
2014/12/16 Safeguarding EU aid from extremist causes
2014/12/10 Support to end fighting in Benghazi
2014/12/10 Support for people living with disabilities
2014/10/31 Support for victims of Libyan-sponsored IRA terrorism
2014/09/25 Support for those fleeing the Islamic State on Turkish border
2014/08/19 Sustaining an acceptable working age
2017/04/03 Meat scandal in Brazil
2016/09/20 VP/HR - Political system in the Democratic Republic of Congo
2016/09/20 VP/HR - Elections in Gabon
2016/09/20 VP/HR - Political transition in Uzbekistan
2016/07/25 VP/HR - Fair elections in Zambia
2016/04/13 VP/HR - Political developments in Angola
2015/09/25 EU legislation governing qualifications delivered under the ESF
2015/08/06 Introduction of touch and go contactless card technology
2015/08/06 Respect for political opposition in Bahrain
2015/03/11 Fair communication with Israel and the Palestinian Authority
2015/03/11 Justification for expenditure on Irish-language translation
2014/10/31 Whaling in the Faroe Islands
2014/09/25 EU legislation pertaining to VAT registration
2017/04/03 VP/HR - Forced repatriation to Nigeria
2017/01/31 Psychoactive substances
2016/11/30 Advanced payments
2015/12/21 Tackling persecution of Christians in Ethiopia
2015/03/11 Protecting Christians in South Sudan
2015/03/11 Stopping ISIS recruitment at the source
2015/03/11 Abduction of Christians by ISIS
2015/03/11 EU activities in Jerusalem suburbs
2015/02/10 Tackling cross-border phone scammers
2015/02/10 Tackling coastal erosion
2015/02/10 Support for reintegration of Christians in Nigeria
2015/01/28 EU contact with Operation Gull
2014/10/31 Suckler herds
2014/09/25 Tackling the hyper-sexualisation of society

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