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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
Partij van de Arbeid
Netherlands
Magic Circle
Foreign Affairs Member afet
Human Rights Substitute droi
Terrorism Substitute terr
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
2015/06/18 Alerts in the Schengen Information System II
2017/06/20 Human rights situation in Morocco; the Fikri case
2017/04/24 The situation in Chios as regards the reception of refugees and necessary support for the local population
2016/11/29 Azerbaijan
2016/09/21 Situation on Lesbos after the fire in the Moria refugee reception centre
2015/06/24 EU aid to Eritrea
2015/02/17 VP/HR - Human rights situation in Burundi in the context of the forthcoming elections
2015/01/30 New framework for the rule of law
2015/01/30 New framework for the rule of law
2015/01/22 Human rights situation and media freedoms in Azerbaijan
2014/11/27 VP/HR - human rights situation in Rwanda
2016/02/08 VP/HR - Israel's separation wall in Palestine: legality of EU funding of security firm Elbit
2016/02/08 VP/HR - Lack of EU reaction to Israel's settlements expansion
2017/05/17 Migrant smuggling from EU Member States into Turkey
2017/02/03 Tackling the disappearance of migrant children in Europe
2015/09/11 Action against Member States violating the universal rights of asylum seekers
2014/09/05 VP/HR - Assertions concerning some Member States purchasing Islamic State oil
2016/11/28 Monitoring of the situation of North Koreans working in Poland
2016/09/05 North Korean workers in the EU
2016/05/25 North Korean workers in the EU
2015/09/30 European enterprises accused of exploiting North Korean workers
2017/09/04 Abuses and corruption at the border between Turkey and Bulgaria
2016/06/24 Standard Operating Procedures regarding resettlement from Turkey
2015/03/03 Corruption in Bulgaria's child adoption procedures
2017/06/02 Recognition of school study periods abroad
2016/09/28 Accusations of embezzlement of European funds in Hungary
2015/01/12 VP/HR - Harassment of the LGBTI community in Egypt
2017/08/31 VP/HR - Turkey's misuse of Interpol warrants
2017/02/09 Constitutional reform package and referendum in Turkey
2016/11/28 Reintroduction of forced sterilisation of transgender persons in Slovakia
2016/10/13 'EU-Afghanistan Joint Way Forward on migration issues': Role and consultation of the European Parliament
2015/01/28 VP/HR - EU arms trade
2017/05/04 Minor interpellation - VP/HR - The conclusion of EU-Egypt Partnership Priorities
2017/01/27 Minor interpellation - VP/HR - Israeli settlement policy
2015/08/21 Discriminatory intentions of the Slovakian Government regarding the relocation of migrants
2017/02/16 Meeting between President Ilham Aliyev and President Juncker
2015/08/06 VP/HR - Situation of political opponents in Rwanda, in particular the case of Victoire Ingabire
2015/07/02 VP/HR - The case of President Omar al-Bashir before the International Criminal Court

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