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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!


Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left
Sinn Fein
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Member libe
Constitutional Affairs Substitute afco
Regional Development Substitute regi



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2016/12/16 Israeli 'Regularisation Bill' of settlements in Palestine
2016/12/05 Violation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in Greece, concerning labour relations
2016/12/01 Regularisation of undocumented migrants
2016/11/21 Language rights
2016/10/28 UN database of companies operating in illegal Israeli settlements
2016/06/29 Three leading human rights advocates jailed in Turkey
2016/06/22 Demolitions in Palestine
2016/02/11 Proposed European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) and Complaints Mechanism in respect of violation of human rights
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
2016/01/28 Tobacco agreement (PMI agreement)
2016/01/15 Tobacco lobbying vis-à-vis the Commission
2016/01/12 Compatibility of the Commission proposal on a common list of 'safe countries of origin' of asylum seekers with EU law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights (CFR)
2015/12/07 Reports of consistent abuse of asylum-seekers by Bulgarian police
2015/08/14 VP/HR - Human rights violations against the Kurdish people by Turkish forces
2015/07/17 Potential repeal of the Human Rights Act of 1998 by the British Government
2015/07/16 VP/HR - Israeli Knesset bill restricting the independence of civil society
2015/05/26 Violation of labour and trade union rights in the European Patent Organisation (EPO)
2015/05/08 Tobacco agreements
2015/04/16 Compliance of EU legislative and policy proposals with fundamental rights
2015/04/16 Basic Law for the Protection of Public Security adopted by Spain
2015/04/16 Complexity of the European Citizens' Initiative
2015/04/09 End of the common position on Cuba
2015/03/19 Article 79 of the EU-Israel Association Agreement in the context of breaches of international law in Palestine
2015/02/27 Restrictions on the export of eels outside the EU
2015/01/07 Demolition of WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) infrastructure in Palestine
2015/01/07 VP/HR - Renewed tensions between Israel and Palestine
2014/12/15 Imposition of British Government benefit restrictions on EU migrant workers
2014/11/27 Compliance with EU law and fundamental rights of Italian circular and annexes thereto on fingerprint collection from irregular migrants
2014/10/30 Lack of EU action on Israeli violations of human rights and of international law
2014/10/22 Implementation of the Directive on self-employed workers and assisting spouses
2014/10/09 Planned joint police operation 'Mos Maiorum'
2014/09/08 Workers' rights
2016/06/24 Boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and freedom of expression
2016/05/17 VP/HR - Implementation of General Court decision on Western Sahara and trade in goods originating from occupied Western Sahara
2016/04/08 Mortgage Credit Directive
2016/04/04 Regarding leaked consolidated TTIP chapter
2016/02/09 Unjustifiable detention of Palestinians
2016/01/26 Russian sanctions
2015/12/17 EU-Israel trade
2015/07/09 Length of administrative detention
2015/06/15 Audiovisual media services without frontiers Directive
2015/03/31 Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
2015/03/31 Publicly funded health services in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
2015/02/27 Backlog of payments from the 2007-2013 programme period on the island of Ireland
2015/01/21 Rural Development Programme sign-off for the north of Ireland
2015/01/12 VP/HR - Harassment of the LGBTI community in Egypt
2014/12/01 TTIP negotiation and ratification
2014/12/01 Postal Services Directive
2016/06/22 Médecins Sans Frontières
2015/11/03 VP/HR - Increased violence in Palestine and Israel
2015/07/17 Participation of Palestinian universities in EU funding programmes
2015/06/02 VP/HR - Israeli military training in the occupied Palestinian territory
2015/05/29 Settler violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT)
2015/04/23 Correlation between poverty and voting participation
2015/04/21 EU reconfirms its commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
2014/12/17 EU Home Affairs policies 2015-2020
2014/12/01 Settler violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT)
2016/05/27 Reporting mechanisms for charities
2016/03/21 45th anniversary of the International Roma Day
2016/03/21 45th anniversary of the International Roma Day
2014/11/17 New Psychoactive Substances
2014/09/30 Member State signatories to International Labour Organisation conventions
2014/07/28 Pensions in the EU
2014/07/28 Pensions in the EU
2016/02/02 Natural gas - Palestine
2015/11/03 Food insecurity
2015/08/26 Follow-up question regarding industry involvement in EU-funded shale impact research
2015/05/29 Follow-up question on Horizon 2020 research on the impact of shale gas exploitation and fracking
2015/02/27 Horizon 2020 research on impact of shale gas exploitation and fracking
2016/11/22 Mobility equipment for passengers with disabilities
2016/11/22 Accessibility for air passengers with disabilities
2016/08/01 Jose Manuel Barroso and Goldman Sachs
2016/04/18 Botulism
2015/11/18 Privacy of EU Facebook users
2015/04/28 Volatility of farm gate prices
2014/11/17 Cyberbullying
2014/10/02 Application of single farm payment top-up for young farmers
2014/09/04 Price volatility in the beef sector
2014/09/04 Price volatility in the beef sector
2016/11/28 EU funding for post-conflict Colombia
2016/07/08 ESF funding and Brexit
2016/07/06 PEACE funding, the Irish Peace Process and Brexit
2016/07/05 Brexit and agriculture in border areas
2016/07/05 Brexit and pension funds
2016/07/05 Brexit and the all-Ireland energy market
2016/04/27 Hate crime
2016/03/01 Disability travel passes
2016/01/28 Irish vehicle registration tax
2015/11/30 VP/HR - EU envoy to Colombian peace talks
2015/03/12 PEACE IV
2015/02/27 FP7 and Horizon 2020 funding for Israel
2014/10/29 FP7 Funding to Israeli entities
2016/09/30 Mobile roaming charges in border regions and BREXIT
2016/03/01 Transaction charges
2015/11/30 Roaming charges
2015/07/17 Evaluation of the Dublin system
2015/03/04 Delay in abolishing roaming charges
2017/01/12 Winter shelter for refugees
2016/12/12 VP/HR - Democratic situation in Turkey
2016/11/21 Sheep Meat Forum
2016/10/31 Refugee children in clothes factories in Turkey
2016/10/28 Refugee children in Calais
2016/04/18 LÉ Róisín and non-refoulement
2016/04/08 Compliance of EU-Turkey deal with the non-refoulement principle
2016/01/28 Uploading to the Official Journal
2015/12/07 Impunity of Francoist crimes in the Spanish state
2015/10/07 ECJ ruling in case C-362/14 of 6 October 2015
2015/09/08 Right to vote in national elections in another Member State
2015/03/24 VP/HR - Netanyahu's rejection of a two-state solution
2015/01/26 Ongoing case between the United States and Microsoft

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