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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 European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
Křesťanská a demokratická unie - Československá strana lidová
Czech Republic
Magic Circle
Culture and Education Member cult
Women's Rights and Gender Equality Member femm
Human Rights Substitute droi
Employment and Social Affairs Substitute empl



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2016/09/29 VP/HR - Situation in Eritrea
2015/11/20 Galileo Integrated Logistics Support Centre - unfavourable decision for Czech Republic
2015/10/06 List of safe countries
2015/09/03 Commission action against the Czech Republic regarding discrimination against Roma
2015/02/06 VP/HR - Addition of the so-called 'Donetsk People's Republic' and 'Lugansk People's Republic' to the EU list of proscribed terrorist organisations
2014/07/21 Administrative problems of CITI-SENSE project in the Czech Republic
2017/07/12 Limited enforcement of readmission agreements by the EU
2017/05/05 Cost effectiveness of translations in the EU
2016/12/21 Ethics education in the EU in the context of the resolution on ET 2020
2016/01/21 Reasonable grounds for suspicion of irregularities on the part of the Norwegian child protection authority ('Barnevernet')
2015/12/21 Activation of the temporary protection directive
2015/09/03 Failure to comply with Rule 130 of the Rules of Procedure, unreasonable delays and quality of answers
2014/12/08 Breaches of the human rights of children with disabilities
2014/10/24 Monitoring and consequences of sending EU aid to Palestine, with particular reference to the Gaza Strip
2014/10/16 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
2017/06/09 Possibility of financing mine clearance as part of development cooperation
2017/05/05 Cooperation between the EU and Libya over migration
2016/12/21 REFIT fitness check of biodiversity directives
2016/09/29 Cooperation between the EU and Turkey on migration
2015/07/02 Calls for proposals for 2015, 2016 and 2017 - Commission's Development Education and Awareness Raising programme
2017/06/28 ECHA RAC mandated by Commission to set OELs
2017/02/10 Equal pay for equal work under market economy conditions
2016/12/02 Inappropriate content of Palestinian textbooks
2016/05/04 Impact assessments - market economy status for the PRC
2017/03/27 Upholding the block exemption
2017/03/08 Anti-Jewish propaganda in the West Bank
2016/10/28 EU-wide highway vignette
2015/02/12 VP/HR - Removal of children from EU citizens by Norwegian government agencies and their adoption outside the EU
2016/04/12 Justification of the revision of the Posted Workers Directive
2015/12/21 Revision of the Posting of Workers Directive
2017/03/15 Major interpellation - Differences in declarations, composition and taste of products in central/eastern and western markets of the EU
2015/09/30 Preventive measures to tackle the gender pension gap in the EU
2015/04/17 VP/HR - EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and Civil Society Platform
2015/02/02 'EllaOne' medicine
2014/10/24 Effective measures against the Ebola epidemic
2017/02/02 Promotion and recognition of volunteering in Europe
2016/10/14 Visa Liberalisation with Turkey
2016/07/13 Evaluation of the use of the European Social Fund and possible increase in allocations
2016/06/30 The role of sport in promoting social inclusion and the fight again radicalisation
2016/05/04 CFSP budget decrease and Europe's security
2015/04/08 The European Schools
2016/05/24 Germany's law on minimum wage
2015/01/30 Introduction of minimum wage in Germany - restriction on road traffic
2017/07/12 Tough action by the Austrian authorities against Czech tradesmen
2017/06/09 Amendment of Annex II to the Regulation on Food Additives
2017/02/06 Regulation of the amount of lead in crayons and the impact on manufacturers
2016/10/17 Switch between summer and winter time
2015/03/17 Increase in spending on public authorities for 2014-2020
2014/11/13 VP/HR - Diplomatic initiatives to save Asia Bibi

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