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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!

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/09/15 Restitution of Danish art treasures from Sweden
2017/01/10 Commission's answers to written questions
2016/02/25 EU regulation of Danish mortgages
2015/08/14 Unfair competition from China in the EU
2015/08/14 Taxation of Danish pensioners in Germany
2015/05/13 Differences in the tax position of Danish pensioners resident in France
2015/05/05 Commission's answers to Written Questions
2015/03/25 Mergers in the Danish telecomms market
2015/02/16 Unfair treatment of Danish drivers as a result of the German minimum wage in the transport sector
2014/12/22 Regulation 561/2006 and Germany's implementation of it
2014/11/24 The Danish RUT register
2016/06/15 Danmarks Radio (DR) TV app and discrimination against suppliers
2016/05/17 Use of monitoring equipment on vintage lorries for student trips
2015/09/10 Agricultural subsidies for certain museums with a connection to agriculture
2015/08/26 VAT in airport shops for travellers within and outside the EU
2015/05/07 Rides by students on vintage lorries
2014/09/12 A ban on returning 'holy warriors' entering the EU
2016/05/17 Smart grids
2015/04/20 Mandatory daytime running lights on vehicles
2015/03/04 The number of non-Western citizens in the EU
2015/03/04 Number of customs officials in the EU
2015/03/04 Number of illegal immigrants in the EU
2015/02/19 EU citizens sent to serve prison sentences in their countries of origin
2015/02/16 EU requirements regarding mandatory installation of heat meters in housing corporation apartments
2014/10/03 European Court of Justice (ECR) judgment in Case C-457/12 and its consequences for family reunification
2014/09/30 Blind-spot accidents
2014/09/30 Possibility of electoral fraud at the 2009 European Parliament elections
2016/02/19 Sri Lankan fish exports to the EU
2014/11/24 An EU-wide forum for regulatory simplification
2014/11/07 Monopoly and protectionism in the heating supply sector in the EU single market
2014/10/03 A digital Single Market
2016/04/15 The ePrivacy directive and 'cookies'
2016/03/18 VP/HR - Spanish Government consent to Russian warships using Ceuta's port facilities
2015/08/14 Supervision of bureaux de change
2014/12/22 Authorisation of various types of business
2014/10/22 Possible infringement of the Water Framework Directive by a Danish local authority
2016/03/22 Trade in animals leaving the EU
2015/06/04 Animal experiments
2015/04/20 Freedom of expression in Bulgaria
2015/03/04 Increased anti-Semitism in the EU
2014/09/30 Experiments on animals
2017/09/15 Support from Saudi Arabia for independent Muslim schools in Denmark
2016/01/13 Payment card transactions
2015/05/28 Ryanair's fuel policy and air safety
2015/04/20 Statement by Commissioner Timmermans concerning more power for national parliaments and ministers
2015/03/25 Treaties acceded to by Denmark
2015/03/17 Parallel agreement between Denmark and the EU
2015/02/19 Working conditions of pilots and flight safety
2015/02/16 A common EU identity / citizen's card
2014/12/22 Potential distortion of competition in dance schools
2014/11/24 ID cards for workers and safety training on building sites
2014/11/07 Payments cards and the subsidiarity principle
2014/10/22 Inadequate compliance by Turkey with international rules in the Hedegaard case
2014/09/30 Implementation of common EU rules
2015/03/04 Number of asylum-seekers in the EU in 2014
2015/03/04 Number of asylum-seekers living in the EU
2015/03/04 Expenditure on asylum-seekers
2015/03/04 Repatriation of asylum-seekers and refugees
2016/06/28 Tax principles in Member States and third countries
2016/06/28 Deportation of criminals from elsewhere in the EU to serve their sentence in their own countries
2016/05/17 Principles for paying tax
2015/04/20 Validity of nationally assigned EORI numbers throughout the EU
2015/03/17 McDonalds' tax avoidance
2015/05/28 Terms of employment for aircrew
2014/12/22 False identities and identity papers
2014/10/03 False identities