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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!


Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
Labour Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Petitions Member peti
International Trade Member inta
Industry, Research and Energy Substitute itre



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2016/05/19 Human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo
2015/05/20 VP/HR - New violations of women's rights in Iran
2015/05/20 Respect for human and labour rights in countries benefiting from GSP+
2015/05/05 Commission's answers to Written Questions
2015/03/31 Human rights criteria in EU climate finance
2015/03/03 Monitoring the human rights roadmap following the implementation of the EU-Colombia Trade Agreement
2014/11/11 VP/HR - Human rights enforcement in Iran
2017/05/04 Minor interpellation - VP/HR - The conclusion of EU-Egypt Partnership Priorities
2016/04/22 Impact of CETA investment provisions
2015/12/02 ExxonMobil's access to confidential TTIP documents
2015/11/18 Impact of TTIP - benefits for cost of medicines and other pharmaceuticals
2015/09/25 TTIP's potential impact on the price and reimbursement of medicines
2015/06/09 Protecting young children from Wi-Fi exposure
2015/02/06 Comparison of SPS proposal in TTIP and CETA provisions
2014/09/08 Non-discrimination in access to healthcare by early retirees
2017/09/26 VP/HR - The case of Palestinian human rights defender Issa Amro and the Palestinian Cyber Crime Law
2017/01/31 University lecturers and the Gelmini law
2016/11/28 Reintroduction of forced sterilisation of transgender persons in Slovakia
2016/04/14 ECJ Case C-301/10
2015/09/21 Motor insurance and free movement of persons
2015/09/03 Action following the Council conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process
2015/06/02 VP/HR - Israeli military training in the occupied Palestinian territory
2015/02/27 Criminalisation of tribal people as poachers
2014/09/12 Entitlement to a widow's pension in the Netherlands for non-Dutch residents
2017/02/08 Future of ACP countries' banana production
2016/11/30 EU aerospace sector - factories of the future
2016/08/01 Jose Manuel Barroso and Goldman Sachs
2016/01/07 Filing trade petitions - US vs EU model
2015/09/17 Right to regulate and necessity tests in the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA)
2015/08/31 Implications of the US Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the ratification of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
2015/04/17 Flexibility for the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI)
2015/04/13 Treatment of barriers to trade in the automotive sector in the EU-Japan trade negotiations
2014/09/05 EU reaction to US trade policy change on Swaziland and Guatemala
2014/07/25 Action to tackle the refusal by Swiss firms to supply spare parts to clock- and watchmakers in the EU Member States
2016/05/02 VP/HR - Attacks on the LGBTI community in Bangladesh
2016/04/05 Sri Lanka's application for GSP+
2016/01/25 Harmonising marriage certificates in the EU
2015/12/17 Retaining high-tech manufacturing jobs in the EU
2015/12/01 VP/HR - EU-Saudi Arabia relationship
2015/08/19 Israel's continuation of the blockade
2015/05/28 Commission's follow up to Parliament's resolution on Bangladesh
2015/01/08 Devolution of air passenger duty to the Scottish Government
2014/07/25 VAT on sanitary products
2017/03/15 Winter fuel payment and exportability
2016/05/11 EU Solidarity Fund payments to the UK
2016/02/25 Bus drivers' working hours on routes under 50 km
2016/02/02 Safe working loads for mooring bollards in European ports
2015/11/04 Repatriation of possible victims of trafficking in breach of the suspension order issued by the Rome Court (First Chamber)
2015/09/25 State aid to the European steel industry
2015/04/14 Use of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
2015/03/24 VP/HR - Netanyahu's rejection of a two-state solution
2015/02/06 Cost analysis of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS)
2014/07/25 European dimension to cross-border undercover police operations
2016/02/23 Safety of optical head-mounted displays
2016/02/02 General Mills factory closure
2015/12/17 Abuse of Baka 'Pygmies' and their neighbours in Cameroon in the name of conservation
2015/11/16 Carbon bubble
2015/06/25 Carbon bubble
2015/02/02 Role of carbon capture and storage in the Commission's reindustrialisation plans
2017/07/13 A socially inclusive digital single market
2016/09/26 Timeshare infringement procedure and fundamental right to a fair trial
2015/06/18 Demolition of EU-funded structures in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
2014/11/27 VP/HR - Demolition of EU-funded structures
2016/07/13 TTIP's effect on animal welfare
2015/09/21 A new animal welfare strategy for 2016-2020
2017/07/17 Expiry review of anti-dumping measures on ceramic wall and floor tiles
2016/09/19 Hunting of pilot whales in the Faroe Islands
2015/10/01 Environmental Goods Agreement methodology
2015/07/02 Progress made in the implementation of the Recommendation on a Quality Framework for Traineeships
2015/05/27 Response to the rise of new psychoactive substances
2015/04/09 Measures to weaken trade unions in Colombia
2015/04/09 Labour outsourcing in Colombia

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