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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 Greens/European Free Alliance
Green Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion Member pana
Economic and Monetary Affairs Member econ
Agriculture and Rural Development Substitute agri



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/06/29 Discharge of waste water from La Línea de la Concepción into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters off Western Beach, Gibraltar
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2016/07/12 VP/HR - Oil exploration in the occupied territories of Western Sahara
2016/05/12 Pollution of Western Beach, Gibraltar
2016/02/03 Pesticide levels in EU surface waters and regulatory effectiveness
2016/01/20 Local public enterprises and economic and territorial development
2015/11/30 Spanish polluting spills into Western Beach, Gibraltar
2015/05/05 Commission's answers to Written Questions
2015/03/26 Storm drain pipe from Spain polluting Western Beach in Gibraltar
2014/12/10 VP/HR - Self-determination and statehood in Western Sahara
2014/09/30 Storm drain pipe from Spain polluting Western Beach in Gibraltar
2017/09/14 EU-level push on the privatisation of public sector-owned assets
2017/02/27 RBS and State Aid divestment obligations
2016/11/04 Follow-Up Question on Hinkley C - Impact of State Aid Cases
2016/08/31 Hinkley Point C - Impact of State aid cases
2016/03/09 Hinkley Point C and EDF
2015/12/07 Impunity of Francoist crimes in the Spanish state
2015/05/06 Spanish State aid to the banking sector
2015/03/24 VP/HR - Netanyahu's rejection of a two-state solution
2015/01/26 Decision to withdraw legislation or give Member State flexibility
2014/09/30 Decision on State aid for Hinkley Point C nuclear power station
2017/06/15 Shrinking space for civil society
2017/06/15 Shrinking space for civil society
2015/11/16 Carbon bubble
2015/07/16 VP/HR - Israeli Knesset bill restricting the independence of civil society
2015/06/25 Carbon bubble
2017/05/16 An EU ban on the movement of wild circus animals
2017/02/14 EU ban on the movement of wild circus animals
2016/11/09 Developing butterflies as indicators in Europe
2017/07/24 Dairy exports, car imports and the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan
2016/10/27 Combatting racism, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism and other forms of intolerance
2016/10/27 Combatting racism, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism and other forms of intolerance
2016/10/17 Next steps towards corporate accountability: The EU's role on the UN's working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises
2016/10/14 European Structural and Investment Funds
2016/07/06 Access to asylum and legal representation in connection with inadmissibility recommendations issued by the European Asylum Support Office
2016/06/15 Right to housing for asylum seekers
2016/02/17 Detention of a Swedish citizen in Peru
2016/01/15 Situation in Poland - next steps
2015/10/07 VP/HR - European Parliament resolution on armed drones
2015/05/29 Local Enterprise Partnerships(LEPs) and the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)
2015/01/14 England's use of European Structural and Investment Funds and its obligations under Directive 2001/42/EC, the Aarhus Convention and Article 5 of Common Provisions Regulation No 1303/2013
2014/09/30 European beavers
2017/09/15 Application of Relocation Decisions 2015/1523 and 2015/1601 ahead of their expiration date (26 September 2017)
2017/08/25 The consequences of the collapse in the value of Provident Financial's share prices
2017/01/27 Minor interpellation - VP/HR - Israeli settlement policy
2016/07/26 Impact on UK university funding - post-EU referendum
2016/07/12 Communications between DG Regio and UK managing and/or local authorities
2016/01/13 Solar energy and VAT in the UK
2015/11/11 UK Renewable Energy Targets 2020
2015/10/07 VP/HR - EU policy on the death penalty after targeted killings by UK drones
2015/09/24 Relative costs of nuclear and renewable energy generation
2015/07/27 Renewable generators facing unfair competition in the UK
2015/07/17 Renewable energy projects and synergies between policy areas
2015/06/24 Protection of fundamental rights in EU cohesion policy
2015/06/24 Ruling on UK VAT reduction for energy-saving materials
2015/04/30 Further clarification concerning EUR 100 000 exemption to VAT MOSS rules for small businesses
2015/03/13 Exemption on excise duty for cider and perry producers in the UK
2014/12/18 Circular economy
2014/12/09 Impact of new VAT rules on small businesses supplying digital services
2014/10/27 EU budget and the UK's contribution
2016/10/07 Bovine TB
2014/09/30 Follow-up on the shift of responsibilities in the management of EU funds in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
2014/07/02 Shift of responsibilities in the management of EU funds in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
2017/07/24 Ionising radiation limits and the effects on health
2017/03/14 Tax avoidance and tax evasion, and standards for the allocation of public money
2017/03/10 Public procurement and 'cultural fit' criteria
2015/12/01 VP/HR - EU-Saudi Arabia relationship
2015/06/05 Tax rulings and recuperated tax
2015/02/27 VP/HR - Torture in Saudi Arabia
2015/02/13 Criteria for identifying endocrine-disrupting chemicals
2014/09/30 Food supplements and maximum limits
2017/05/31 Failure to respect the Cartagena Protocol regarding the export of products obtained through so called 'new breeding techniques'
2017/03/14 Meat imports to the EU from Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
2016/11/18 Case of refugee Αhmad H. facing a life sentence in Hungary
2016/04/14 Costs of negotiating TTIP
2015/09/21 Parliamentary input in negotiations between the UK and the Commission
2015/07/02 VP/HR - The case of President Omar al-Bashir before the International Criminal Court
2014/11/26 TTIP - costs of conducting negotiations
2016/11/16 Measures to prevent animal testing of ingredients used in cosmetics / REACH
2016/09/28 EU funding to the United Kingdom
2016/09/14 The Privacy Shield programme and the legality of PRISM
2016/09/07 Nuclear safety at the Sellafield nuclear fuel reprocessing plant
2016/04/08 Compliance of EU-Turkey deal with the non-refoulement principle
2016/03/03 Air service agreements and fuel taxation
2016/02/17 Nuclear power station spikes and childhood leukaemia
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
2015/11/25 Nuclear power stations and childhood leukaemia
2015/09/09 UK National Programme for the responsible and safe management of spent fuel and nuclear waste
2015/05/05 Report entitled 'A Decade of EU-Funded GMO Research: 2001-2010'
2015/04/22 Shale gas R&D projects financed by the Horizon 2020 programme
2015/04/09 VP/HR - Tony Blair's departure from Middle East Quartet
2015/04/09 Follow-up to ECON hearing with Moscovici
2015/03/13 GRACE (GMO Risk Assessment and Communication of Evidence) and GM-TwYST (Genetically modified plants Two Year Safety Testing)
2015/02/11 Animals used to test ingredients used in cosmetics

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