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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 Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Democraten 66
Netherlands
Magic Circle
International Trade Member inta
Human Rights Substitute droi
Foreign Affairs Substitute afet



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2017/01/06 VP/HR - Unanswered written questions
2016/12/19 VP/HR - Unanswered priority written question
2016/08/04 VP/HR - Death penalty cases in Iran
2016/05/25 US sanctions impacting EU business in Iran
2015/12/08 Exports of sensitive military materials to Iran, Myanmar, Sudan and Syria
2015/12/02 VP/HR - Women and girls abducted by militant groups
2015/09/10 VP/HR - Interinstitutional taskforce on Iran
2014/12/12 VP/HR - Unanswered question concerning 'the case of Ayatollah Boroujerdi in Iran'
2014/11/07 VP/HR - Case of Ghoncheh Ghavami in Iran
2014/10/10 VP/HR - Case of Ayatollah Boroujerdi in Iran
2017/09/26 'Golden visa' schemes and EU sanctions
2016/11/23 VP/HR - Russian jet fuel delivered to conflict in Syria via EU ports
2016/05/11 VP/HR - Use of shell companies to evade sanctions against Syria
2016/03/30 Unanswered question E-015561/2015 regarding the coherence of sanctions enforcement and export controls
2015/12/08 Coherence of sanctions enforcement and export controls
2015/09/03 VP/HR - Atheist bloggers murdered in Bangladesh
2015/09/01 Export controls in respect of dual-use items after the Hacking Team revelations
2015/04/09 VP/HR - Prosecution of war crimes in Syria
2014/10/29 Export of Netclean technology to Turkey
2014/10/29 Export of Finspy technology to Bahrain
2017/08/17 VP/HR - Situation in Saudi Arabia: destruction of Awamiya and 14 Shia men facing execution
2017/06/27 VP/HR - Two gay men sentenced to 85 lashes in Indonesia
2016/12/20 VP/HR - UK-sold cluster munition used by Saudi Arabia in Yemen
2016/09/22 Production by South Korean company Poongsan of cluster munitions and Euro coin blanks
2015/12/01 VP/HR - EU-Saudi Arabia relationship
2014/11/26 VP/HR - Unanswered question: 'The case of Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia'
2014/11/13 VP/HR - The case of Souad Al-Shammary in Saudi Arabia
2014/09/30 VP/HR - Case of Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia
2017/09/28 VP/HR - Saudi Arabia threatens EU Member States in order to block independent investigation into human rights violations in Yemen
2017/05/09 VP/HR - Evaluation of the implementation of the EU Human Rights Guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline
2017/04/20 VP/HR - Forced labour earnings sent from within EU Member States to North Korea
2017/02/03 Breaches of current freedom of movement rights of EU citizens residing in the UK and the use of six-month expulsions
2016/11/18 European Parliament input for the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
2016/11/11 VP/HR - EU-Iran human rights dialogue
2016/06/29 Three leading human rights advocates jailed in Turkey
2015/10/28 VP/HR - Situation of human rights in Bahrain and the case of Ibrahim Sharif
2015/09/30 Human rights in EU-Vietnam trade negotiations
2015/09/11 Action against Member States violating the universal rights of asylum seekers
2015/08/03 VP/HR - Wave of mass detentions of lawyers and human rights activists in China
2015/07/02 Addressing albinism from the human rights perspective
2015/07/02 VP/HR - GCC-EU human rights cooperation
2015/05/27 VP/HR - Moroccan lawsuit against human rights defenders
2015/05/20 VP/HR - New violations of women's rights in Iran
2015/04/24 AD608 investigation into dumping of GOES
2015/03/03 Tunisia-EU counter-terrorism cooperation and human rights
2015/01/05 US proposals in TiSA negotiations undermine data protection and net neutrality
2014/10/28 Hungarian proposal for imposing a data tax
2017/07/10 VP/HR - Demolition by Israel of Dutch and EU-funded projects in the West Bank
2017/06/28 Microsoft vulnerabilities and the EU
2017/06/27 ICC investigation into Libyan detention centres funded by the EU
2017/05/08 VP/HR - Implementation of the Council's LGBTI Guidelines, particularly in relation to the persecution of (perceived) homosexual men in Chechnya, Russia
2017/03/13 VP/HR - Attack on journalist Elvi Fundo in Albania
2017/02/20 VP/HR - Closure of the Al-Nadeem Centre in Cairo
2016/11/30 VP/HR - Joint centre to combat hybrid warfare, and overlap with EU/NATO
2016/10/18 VP/HR - Montenegro shutdown of messaging services on election day
2016/05/30 VP/HR - UAE spyware attacks against civil society
2016/02/10 According to Europol at least 10 000 refugee children are missing
2016/02/10 According to Europol at least 10 000 refugee children are missing
2015/09/17 VP/HR - International investigation into missing students in Mexico
2015/04/20 Reduced VAT rates for digital books and newspapers
2015/03/18 Application of reduced VAT rates to electronic books and electronic newspapers
2015/01/20 Impact on SMEs of EU VAT rules on electronic services
2014/12/12 Unanswered question concerning the use of a zero-day attack by Russia on Microsoft Windows to exploit EU and NATO digital infrastructure
2014/10/14 Use of zero-day attack by Russia on Microsoft Windows to exploit EU and NATO digital infrastructure
2017/09/25 VP/HR - The case of Diane Rwigara and ongoing repression in Rwanda
2017/08/24 VP/HR - The situation in Venezuela
2017/06/27 VP/HR - The case of Sabri Hassanpour and other dual nationals imprisoned in Iran
2017/05/11 VP/HR - The case of blogger Yameen Rasheed, stabbed to death in the Maldives
2017/05/04 Minor interpellation - VP/HR - The conclusion of EU-Egypt Partnership Priorities
2017/04/20 VP/HR - The case of Ahmad Waqas Goraya and other online activists in Pakistan
2017/03/29 VP/HR - Omar al-Bashir in Jordan despite ICC arrest warrant
2017/03/09 VP/HR - Bahrain moves to ban opposition party
2017/03/07 VP/HR - Commission plans to cooperate with Libya on migration issues
2017/01/27 Minor interpellation - VP/HR - Israeli settlement policy
2017/01/19 VP/HR - Egypt: The case of Ramy El-Sayed
2016/12/01 Commission project to provide 'Support to the Modernisation of the Administration of Justice' in Egypt
2016/09/15 VP/HR - The case of Homa Hoodfar and other dual nationals detained in Iran
2016/07/21 Call for a limitation of abusive fees charged for cross-border intra-EU phone calls and SMSs in the upcoming review of the telecoms framework
2016/06/21 The Rules of Procedure of the General Court and secret evidence
2016/06/13 Forced data localisation in the EU's foreign policy
2016/05/25 VP/HR - European arms and dual-use exports to Egypt
2016/02/09 VP/HR - Enforced disappearance of Giulio Regeni in Egypt
2016/01/12 VP/HR - Case of Kamal Foroughi
2015/12/22 Tunisia sentences six men to prison for homosexuality
2015/07/02 VP/HR - The case of President Omar al-Bashir before the International Criminal Court
2015/06/29 VP/HR - Detention and forced psychiatric tests of 16-year-old blogger in Singapore
2015/06/17 VP/HR - Arms exports to Bahrain
2015/03/09 Total ban on the use of languages other than the official language of Bulgaria during election campaigns
2015/02/17 VP/HR - Case of Ahmed Douma and other political prisoners in Egypt
2015/02/05 VP/HR - Political prisoners and polarisation in Venezuela
2015/01/12 VP/HR - The case of Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed in Mauritania
2015/01/12 VP/HR - Harassment of the LGBTI community in Egypt
2014/11/18 VP/HR - US abortion ban harming female UN peacekeepers
2014/09/02 VP/HR - The case of Mohamed Tareq in Egypt
2014/09/02 VP/HR - Case of Maryam al-Khawaja in Bahrain
2014/08/28 VP/HR - Case of Héla Boujneh in Tunisia
2016/01/04 CIA renditions, special tribunals and Guantánamo Bay
2015/12/11 VP/HR - CIA renditions, special tribunals and Guantánamo Bay
2015/07/27 Follow-up on the No Disconnect Strategy
2017/04/03 Academic freedom in Hungary under threat
2017/03/13 Uber's use of Greyball tool
2016/01/29 Unanswered questions regarding the arrest of Sergei Mitrokhin, the listing of ISIL as a separate terrorist organisation, the violation of a UN arms embargo, and Hacking Team and press freedom in Turkey
2015/11/16 VP/HR - Violation of a UN arms embargo
2015/11/12 VP/HR - listing ISIL as a separate terrorist organisation
2015/11/10 VP/HR - Arrest of Sergei Mitrokhin, leader of Yabloko
2015/11/06 Unanswered questions regarding Hacking Team and press freedom in Turkey
2015/09/02 Press freedom in Turkey
2015/07/07 Italian company Hacking Team's potential violations of EU sanctions
2015/06/11 Progress in the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty
2017/08/31 VP/HR - Turkey's misuse of Interpol warrants
2017/04/10 VP/HR - Blocking of internet access by the authorities in Cameroon
2017/02/22 VP/HR - The appointment by President Aliyev of his wife as vice-president
2017/02/16 Meeting between President Ilham Aliyev and President Juncker
2016/08/08 Cancellation of the Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme in Turkey
2016/04/08 Compliance of EU-Turkey deal with the non-refoulement principle
2016/02/09 Letter from President Juncker to Prime Minister Renzi about EU-Turkey deal
2016/01/26 Follow-up question on the EU-Turkey deal and the Commission letter to Turkey
2016/01/12 Appendix letter to EU-Turkey deal
2015/12/22 Turkey detaining 3 000 refugees following EU deal
2015/10/13 On halting the broadcast of TV channels in Turkey
2015/03/26 Turkey's new internet censorship law
2014/09/16 Internet censorship laws in Turkey
2017/01/25 Commission's response on Global Gag Rule
2017/01/25 VP/HR - VP/HR's response on Global Gag Rule
2015/06/30 Istanbul Gay Pride Parade attacked by police
2015/04/20 VP/HR - Non-response by the Vatican to the nomination of the openly gay French ambassador

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