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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)
Fine Gael Party
Magic Circle
Agriculture and Rural Development Member agri
Constitutional Affairs Substitute afco
EU authorisation procedure for pesticides Substitute pest
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Substitute envi

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/03/10 Blood and rare diseases
2016/11/14 Television programmes in other Member States
2016/05/18 Car insurance
2016/04/29 Use of diclofenac in Member States
2015/11/27 Irish legislation on 'car clocking'
2015/06/12 Seat pitch on commercial aircraft
2015/05/22 Regulations on live exports of sheep
2015/05/20 Combatting vine wood diseases
2015/04/30 Exclusion of miscanthus from greening legislation
2015/03/30 EU Type Approval Legislation regarding mountain rescue vehicles
2015/03/09 Reopening of disused railway stations
2015/02/23 Irish pigmeat recall scheme
2018/02/27 Quad bike safety
2017/05/31 Second action plan on antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
2017/04/19 CE marking of safety devices (accessories) for quad bikes
2016/10/31 Obstacles to the right of free movement in Ireland
2016/02/29 Urban beekeeping
2015/12/17 Electromobility in the EU
2015/12/15 Flood relief efforts in Ireland
2015/12/07 Restriction of data from wearable devices
2015/05/26 EU funding figures for Ireland
2015/05/18 Impact of lamb labelling on the island of Ireland
2015/01/14 Erasmus
2018/03/28 Hepatitis B
2016/09/30 Concerns over children's exposure to online gambling
2015/09/09 Irish concerns over the collapse of Setanta Insurance Company Ltd.
2015/07/06 Purchase of medicinal products online
2015/07/02 Veterinary medicinal product concerns
2015/02/11 Competitiveness of EU farmers at risk owing to reduced availability of pesticides
2015/02/06 Age profile of farmers
2017/09/29 Avoiding an opioid crisis in Europe
2017/09/29 Standardising maximum cabin luggage dimensions
2016/06/01 Hard water
2016/05/31 Increase in cases of scarlet fever in Europe
2016/03/31 Europe-wide security measures
2015/06/29 HPV vaccine Gardasil
2015/03/03 Farm inspections
2015/01/14 Farm fatalities and farm safety
2018/06/15 Haemochromatosis
2018/02/27 Premium-rate mobile calls
2017/11/28 Pine martens
2017/10/13 Adrenaline auto injectors and anaphylaxis
2016/11/24 Disinformation on social media
2016/08/31 Defibrillator tax
2016/06/30 Honey - labelling of country of origin
2016/06/30 Hand sanitisers
2016/04/29 Retailer brands
2016/03/09 Media pluralism in Ireland
2016/02/25 Insect repellents containing active ingredient DEET
2016/02/23 Equestrian helmet standard
2015/10/26 EU framework for the Young Child Formula (YCF)
2015/01/15 Redistributive payment for the first hectares
2018/02/27 Secondary ticketing market
2017/05/31 Protected status for calluna vulgaris
2017/03/10 Bacteriophages
2016/10/31 Closure of Calais camp
2016/07/29 Threats to independent scientists at EFSA
2016/04/29 Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA & IPA II)
2016/03/31 Portion sizes
2015/11/03 Obesity
2015/09/09 Tobacco industry use of Codentify
2015/04/30 Market concentration in fertiliser industry
2015/02/23 Alcohol-related harm
2015/01/12 Organic farming
2018/05/25 Criteria for endocrine disruptors in cosmetics and food contact materials
2018/05/15 Biodegradable and compostable plastics
2018/03/08 Food Standards Agency's review of UK slaughterhouses
2017/05/31 Emerald ash borer
2016/05/04 Alliances between distributors at national and European levels
2016/02/25 Indoor air pollution
2016/01/29 Disposal of residue ash from smokeless fuel
2015/11/30 Harvesting of mussels in Ballisodare Bay, County Sligo
2015/11/30 Housing supply in the EU
2015/09/29 Rights of European citizens with disabilities
2015/07/22 DEHP exemption
2015/06/03 Industrially produced trans fatty acids (ITFAs) in food
2015/06/02 End of the European Studies Programme
2015/05/12 Use of European Structural and Investment Funds
2015/04/21 IgG food intolerance tests
2015/02/10 Small hive beetle threat to European apiculture
2015/01/15 Food supply chain
2014/10/14 Residential institutions in the EU
2018/01/31 'State of Health in the EU' report
2018/01/26 Well-being of PhD students
2017/03/22 Rights under the cross-border health directive
2016/09/30 Health benefits for children brought up on farms
2016/09/30 Risks associated with button batteries
2016/07/28 Risks of Irish and British people taking metamizole
2016/05/31 EU open science initiative
2016/01/29 Health risks associated with artificial sweeteners
2016/01/29 Evacuation drills in the health sector
2015/12/14 Joint Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing (JAMHWB)
2015/06/29 Potential acquisition in the agrichemical sector
2018/03/28 Recognition of study periods abroad
2017/11/28 Fluorinated GHGs
2017/10/11 Labour shortages in agriculture
2017/10/09 Trade defence instruments and agriculture
2017/04/10 Public procurement
2016/08/31 Self-driving cars and taxis
2016/08/31 Misdiagnosis of heart attacks
2016/06/30 Attacks on environmentalists in Latin America
2016/01/29 Outbreak of Zika virus
2016/01/12 Public transport passes for persons with disabilities
2015/05/22 Wetland habitats in the EU
2015/03/05 Adverse events linked to use of medicines
2018/02/27 EU VAT Directive - animal vaccinations and medication
2017/11/30 Loot boxes
2017/07/26 Isoglucose
2017/04/10 Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC)
2016/12/19 Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Pakistan
2016/10/31 Renewable energy in Special Areas of Conservation (SACs)
2016/09/30 Ageing and the Sustainable Development Goals
2016/09/30 EU response to use of the death penalty in Pakistan
2016/07/28 Consumer protection following the liquidation of Enterprise Insurance
2015/11/30 Renewable energy subsidies in cross-border regions
2015/09/03 Consumer interest in ITFA
2015/04/15 Article 4 of the Machinery Directive
2015/03/31 Guidelines on animal DNA testing