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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)
Conservative Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Member envi
Women's Rights and Gender Equality Substitute femm
Agriculture and Rural Development Substitute agri
EU authorisation procedure for pesticides Substitute pest



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2015/12/17 Implementation of the Tobacco Products Directive
2015/06/02 Tobacco Products Directive - Follow-up question
2015/04/08 Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) - packaging specifications follow-up
2014/12/19 Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) packaging specifications
2015/09/21 CAP disallowance penalties
2015/06/04 Voluntary coupled support for sugar beet
2015/04/21 Bisphenol A
2014/12/18 Danish support for whaling in the Faeroe Islands
2014/10/03 Continued checks on border between Spain and Gibraltar
2014/10/03 Continued refusal to accept the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in Spain
2018/02/20 Phasing out of animal testing
2016/03/08 Animal experiments
2015/07/16 Equine transport
2015/01/19 Chief scientific adviser
2015/01/15 Animal testing in the context of the REACH and Cosmetics regulations
2016/12/20 Consequences for producers of the decision taken in 2008 to increase the minimum liver weights for foie gras production
2016/09/27 Consequences for producers of the decision taken in 2008 to increase the minimum liver weights for foie gras production
2015/12/11 Mis-sold timeshares
2015/12/02 Consequences of raising minimum liver weight in 2008
2016/09/07 Illegal trade in dogs and cats and the EU internal market
2016/04/27 International Basketball Federation
2015/06/02 TRACES and Greek stray dogs
2015/05/06 Double tax on royalties
2015/03/18 Cider tax
2015/02/16 Illegal trade in Barbary macaques
2014/12/05 TTIP modelling
2014/12/05 Transparency of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations
2017/11/28 The Brexit referendum campaign and Russian interference
2017/01/23 Healthcare provision for UK citizens in the EU post-Brexit
2016/08/11 Currency of UK budgetary contributions
2016/07/26 Impact on UK university funding - post-EU referendum
2016/03/07 Disadvantages for airline customers
2016/02/15 Fuel leakage
2015/11/23 Service charges
2015/07/17 Distribution of medicine by charities
2015/07/16 TAC uplift
2015/01/19 Registration of biopesticides
2014/07/29 Further follow-up to moratorium on neonicotinoids
2014/07/03 Impact of crop diversification on blackcurrants
2015/12/14 Gibraltar border crossing
2015/09/02 Cross-border healthcare
2015/02/10 Gibraltar civil aviation measures
2015/01/19 Gibraltar border
2015/01/19 Gibraltar traffic flow
2017/08/03 Welfare of horses intended for slaughter
2017/03/10 Liquid laundry detergent capsules
2016/05/11 Poor treatment of animals at the time of slaughter
2015/11/16 Treatment of circus animals
2015/03/04 Academic plagiarism
2015/02/02 Cost of Captain Euro
2014/10/08 Use of primates in research
2017/03/02 Spring hunting
2016/03/17 Commission action needed in response to Malta reopening the spring hunting season
2015/11/30 Cirl bunting
2017/10/25 Access to information on CORSIA under the Aarhus Convention
2017/06/30 Parliament's position on the endocrine disruptor criteria derogation
2015/09/02 EU funding in Moldova
2015/07/16 Natural pesticides
2015/04/21 Electromagnetic hypersensitivity
2015/03/05 French contribution sociale généralisée (CSG)
2014/07/29 VP/HR - Human rights in Equatorial Guinea

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