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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 Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
Labour Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Culture and Education Member cult
Regional Development Substitute regi
Women's Rights and Gender Equality Substitute femm



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/01/10 VP/HR - Human rights defender detained in Sudan
2016/06/15 Compatibility of Polish anti-terrorism law with EU law and human rights standards
2016/05/10 VP/HR - Human rights violations in Sudan and the Khartoum Process
2016/01/15 Situation in Poland - next steps
2015/08/04 VP/HR - Situation of human rights in Bahrain and case of Nabeel Rajab
2015/08/03 VP/HR - Wave of mass detentions of lawyers and human rights activists in China
2015/05/11 VP/HR - The situation of human rights defenders in Bahrain
2015/03/24 VP/HR - Netanyahu's rejection of a two-state solution
2016/11/28 Reintroduction of forced sterilisation of transgender persons in Slovakia
2016/03/10 VP/HR - Israeli settlement construction in area E2
2016/03/10 Israeli settlement construction in area E2
2015/05/12 Lobbying in Europe
2015/12/07 Individualisation of income and costs measurements in anti-poverty policy for increased gender equality
2015/12/07 Individualisation of income and costs measurements in anti-poverty policy for increased gender equality
2016/06/17 Promoting the role of women in combating radicalisation and violent extremism
2016/06/02 VP/HR - Role of the EU in taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations
2016/03/17 VP/HR - Israeli demolition and confiscation of EU-funded Palestinian structures in the West Bank
2015/11/25 VP/HR - Bahraini Court of Cassation rejects appeal of two men sentenced to death on the basis of confessions obtained under duress
2015/11/04 Repatriation of possible victims of trafficking in breach of the suspension order issued by the Rome Court (First Chamber)
2015/10/14 Nutrition summit in Rio
2015/08/04 Accountability for the destruction of EU-funded humanitarian infrastructure, including in Susiya
2015/07/02 VP/HR - The case of President Omar al-Bashir before the International Criminal Court
2015/06/15 Women in football governance
2015/06/02 VP/HR - Israeli military training in the occupied Palestinian territory
2015/05/20 VP/HR - New violations of women's rights in Iran
2015/03/31 Copyright reform
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
2015/12/01 VP/HR - EU-Saudi Arabia relationship
2016/10/17 EU policies and actions to protect children in the context of migration
2016/06/08 VP/HR - Sentencing of Kazakh journalist Guzyal Baidalinova
2016/05/25 EU funding for the European Union Youth Orchestra
2016/05/24 Access to energy in Africa
2016/04/29 Children and youth in EU-ACP cooperation
2015/05/20 European Aid for Nepal
2016/12/19 VP/HR - Unlawful detention of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and continued violence against Biafran supporters by the Nigerian Government
2016/12/07 Commissioner Timmermans' comments on Turkey
2016/08/01 Jose Manuel Barroso and Goldman Sachs
2016/04/08 Compliance of EU-Turkey deal with the non-refoulement principle
2015/06/02 The Commission's social economy unit
2015/12/01 Compatibility of the establishment and management of hotspots with EU law
2015/04/09 Implementation of the Council framework decision (2008/913/JHA) on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law
2015/04/09 Implementation of the Council framework decision (2008/913/JHA) on combating certain forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia by means of criminal law
2016/06/06 Respect of fundamental rights and the principle of mutual sincere cooperation in agreements relating to asylum and migration policies
2016/01/27 Chemical warfare agents (CWA) in the Baltic Sea
2015/12/01 Implementation of Council decisions on the relocation of 160 000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece
2015/09/11 Action against Member States violating the universal rights of asylum seekers
2015/05/29 VP/HR - EU action on sexual violence in Sudan
2016/05/17 VP/HR - Ukrainian prisoners in Russia in urgent need of support
2016/05/11 EU Solidarity Fund payments to the UK
2016/05/02 VP/HR - Attacks on the LGBTI community in Bangladesh
2016/02/26 Support for further research activities aimed at mainstreaming digital content accessibility in the EU
2015/11/25 VP/HR - Attack on Camp Liberty in Iraq
2015/01/12 VP/HR - Harassment of the LGBTI community in Egypt

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