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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: 2018-07-05

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
Financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance Vice-Chair tax3
Economic and Monetary Affairs Member econ
Industry, Research and Energy Substitute itre



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/08/09 Ratification of the Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism: criminalisation of travel for the purpose of terrorism
2017/08/09 Ratification of the Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism: criminalisation of travel for the purpose of terrorism
2018/03/01 European cybersecurity strategy and a certification scheme for ICT products and services
2018/02/28 Enforcement of rules on products with CE marking EN1090-1
2017/06/30 Cyber attacks in the European Union
2015/11/10 Lead poisoning in Bourg Fidèle
2018/03/19 Report of the Court of Auditors on pre-accession assistance to Turkey
2018/02/06 The 'EU vs Disinformation' service
2017/10/26 Position of Christians in Turkey and the construction of the Ilisu dam
2015/07/21 Solvency II
2014/07/29 VP/HR - Christians in Iraq compelled to flee
2015/06/05 Persistent problems with the Commission's VAT number validation site
2015/01/22 Register of convicted food fraudsters
2014/11/18 Fish food from insect protein
2016/11/18 European Commissioner Timmermans on the involvement of the Gülen movement in the attempted coup in Turkey
2016/11/18 European Commissioner Timmermans on the involvement of the Gülen movement in the attempted coup in Turkey
2014/11/07 VP/HR - Questioning sanctions against Russia
2016/03/30 State aid: tax treatment of seaports
2015/12/03 Tax treatment of hybrid financial products
2017/09/14 Dutch companies' involvement in construction of Crimean bridge
2016/03/10 Consequences of the Dutch Government rejecting the Approval Act of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement
2014/11/10 Implementation of the regulations on labelling by SMEs
2014/08/08 VP/HR - Urgent protection of ethnic and religious minorities in Northern Iraq
2014/12/22 Guarantee of Origin
2017/10/25 Drastic decline in flying insects
2015/07/24 Information about the procedure relating to the sixth supplementary budget for 2014; retrospective levy of EUR 643 million net imposed on the Netherlands because of revision of GNI
2017/11/24 Risks posed by a nuclear cloud containing radioactive waste sighted over Europe
2017/10/27 Criminal proceedings against the former head of ELSTAT
2016/11/24 Deteriorating safety culture at Doel and Tihange nuclear power plants
2016/09/28 VP/HR - Radar data on flight MH17
2016/04/07 Emergency generators at EDF nuclear power stations
2015/10/28 Classification of Internet advertising and on-line video

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