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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 Greens/European Free Alliance
Green Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Employment and Social Affairs Member empl
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Substitute libe



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2016/10/13 The EU accession to the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women
2016/10/12 The EU accession to the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women
2016/12/14 EU funding possibilities for men and boys at risk of sexual exploitation
2016/12/14 Climate-related spending of the EU budget in relation to the special report by the European Court of Auditors
2016/11/16 Commissioner Günther Oettinger's racist, homophobic and sexist comments
2016/09/28 EU funding to the United Kingdom
2016/04/15 Coordination between the Council, the Commission and the Kingdom of Morocco in relation to the appeal against the General Court judgment delivered on 10 December 2015 in Case T-512/12 Polisario Front v Council
2016/04/15 Risk of legal proceedings against the European Union following the Judgment of the General Court of 10 December 2015 - Front Polisario v Council
2015/11/04 Repatriation of possible victims of trafficking in breach of the suspension order issued by the Rome Court (First Chamber)
2015/10/07 VP/HR - European Parliament resolution on armed drones
2015/05/18 VP/HR - Rohingya and white cards in Burma
2015/04/22 Shale gas R&D projects financed by the Horizon 2020 programme
2015/02/03 Monitoring the rule of law and founding values of the EU in the Member States
2015/02/03 Monitoring the rule of law and founding values of the EU in the Member States
2016/10/27 Combatting racism, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism and other forms of intolerance
2016/10/27 Combatting racism, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism and other forms of intolerance
2016/02/25 Safety of unaccompanied minors
2016/02/25 Safety of unaccompanied minors
2015/04/30 Disappearance of unaccompanied minors
2016/05/27 Bialowieza Forest, Poland
2016/02/26 Legal clarity for NGOs and volunteers providing humanitarian assistance
2016/01/15 Situation in Poland - next steps
2015/12/10 Humanitarian situation in Nepal
2015/10/21 VP/HR - Reconstruction of the city of Kobanî
2016/06/08 VP/HR - (I)NGO law in Pakistan
2015/08/05 Access to mortgage finance for EU nationals working as diplomats abroad
2015/07/09 Length of administrative detention
2014/11/25 NGO access to detention centres
2014/11/25 Access to information on the detention of third-country nationals
2014/10/07 EGF and Russian embargo
2016/02/02 Positive mutual recognition of asylum decisions among Member States
2015/04/08 Clear standards for equality bodies to perform their duties in EU Member States, and EU demands for equality bodies in accession countries
2014/10/14 Residential institutions in the EU
2016/10/20 EU citizens residing in the UK
2016/01/13 Solar energy and VAT in the UK
2015/11/11 UK Renewable Energy Targets 2020
2015/10/07 VP/HR - EU policy on the death penalty after targeted killings by UK drones
2015/07/17 Shark finning
2015/06/17 Adequate social protection
2015/06/02 The Commission's social economy unit
2016/11/16 Measures to prevent animal testing of ingredients used in cosmetics / REACH
2016/10/26 Role of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency in the forced return of ten Syrian asylum seekers from Greece to Turkey on 20 October 2016
2016/10/17 EU policies and actions to protect children in the context of migration
2016/07/06 Access to asylum and legal representation in connection with inadmissibility recommendations issued by the European Asylum Support Office
2016/06/06 Respect of fundamental rights and the principle of mutual sincere cooperation in agreements relating to asylum and migration policies
2016/04/08 Compliance of EU-Turkey deal with the non-refoulement principle
2016/01/27 Returning migrants/refugees to war-torn countries
2015/04/20 Outsourcing of asylum processing and search and rescue operations to third countries
2015/04/09 Child Rights Strategy (2015-2020)
2015/04/09 The multiple ways in which a parent's imprisonment adversely impacts the rights of children and the EU's commitment to ensuring that these rights are respected
2015/03/31 Surveillance of lawyers in the EU
2015/02/11 Animals used to test ingredients used in cosmetics
2014/12/08 Breaches of the human rights of children with disabilities

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