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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 European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
TOP 09 a Starostové
Czech Republic
Magic Circle
Internal Market and Consumer Protection Member imco
Constitutional Affairs Substitute afco



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/01/12 VP/HR - Security situation of the Union and lessons to be learned from the case of Anis Amri
2017/01/12 Operation of the Union Customs Code
2015/05/05 Commission's answers to Written Questions
2014/11/25 VP/HR - Situation in Georgia
2016/02/04 VP/HR - Personal scope of the EU's sanctions regime against Russia
2015/06/11 Progress in the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty
2017/01/11 Transfer pricing in the context of the EU single market
2015/07/16 Gold mining in Šumava
2015/03/31 Conditions for the distribution of resources from the DEAR grant scheme
2015/02/05 Supply Chain Initiative
2016/10/24 Application of the French law on the minimum wage
2016/05/24 Germany's law on minimum wage
2016/05/04 Compatibility of French and German minimum wage laws with EU law
2016/05/04 French minimum wage law
2016/05/10 Helpline for victims of crime
2015/03/12 Consumer protection in the area of telecommunications in the Czech Republic
2015/01/26 Traditional pig slaughter in the Czech Republic
2014/10/23 Protecting consumer rights in the area of telecommunications in the Czech Republic
2015/07/02 VP/HR - The case of President Omar al-Bashir before the International Criminal Court
2015/02/17 VP/HR - Case of Ahmed Douma and other political prisoners in Egypt
2015/02/12 VP/HR - Removal of children from EU citizens by Norwegian government agencies and their adoption outside the EU
2015/01/26 VP/HR - the case of Khadija Ismailova
2014/12/10 VP/HR - Self-determination and statehood in Western Sahara
2016/02/04 Suspicious transactions connected with Russian clients at Deutsche Bank
2015/03/12 Roaming regulation
2016/05/04 Commission Communication on 'Reforming the Common European Asylum System and developing safe and legal pathways to Europe' - reform of the Dublin system
2015/09/10 Fur farms in the EU
2015/06/18 Solving the refugee crisis
2017/01/12 Two categories of citizens created by the revision of the Firearms Directive
2017/01/12 Position of the Maltese Presidency of the Council on the outcome of the trilogue on the Firearms Directive
2015/10/19 Laws governing misleading sales practices
2015/06/18 Trans-fat content in products
2015/06/18 Issue with the Electronic Services Act

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