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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!


Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group
United Kingdom Independence Party
United Kingdom
Magic Circle
Regional Development Member regi
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Member libe
Development Member deve
Money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion Member pana
International Trade Substitute inta



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2015/04/08 Illegal immigration
2015/04/08 Subsidies to Spain to curb illegal immigration
2015/01/28 Fishing subsidies and illegal immigration
2015/01/14 Illegal seizure of bank accounts of hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo
2015/10/19 Fraud involving EU anti-driftnet money in Morocco
2015/04/13 Mauritania's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)
2015/04/13 EU-Morocco fisheries agreement
2015/04/08 Subsidies - EU-Mauritania fisheries agreement
2015/04/08 Audits - fisheries agreements
2015/02/11 Violation of fisheries agreement with Mozambique
2015/02/11 Fisheries agreement with Mozambique
2015/02/11 EU fisheries blacklist
2015/02/11 Corruption at the Ministry of Fisheries of Guinea
2015/02/06 Use of driftnets by Italian fishermen
2014/12/17 Fisheries Partnership Agreement with Madagascar
2014/11/26 Fisheries partnership agreement with Morocco
2014/11/26 Fisheries partnership agreement with the Republic of Cape Verde
2014/11/26 Fisheries partnership agreement with the Republic of Cape Verde
2014/10/02 Use of driftnets by Morocco
2016/04/06 Increase in the number of judges at the General Court
2016/02/29 Official travel by European Commissioners in 2015
2015/01/28 Young European Federalists
2015/01/28 European Network Against Racism (ENAR)
2014/10/02 Critical report by European Court of Auditors
2014/10/02 Critical report by European Court of Auditors
2014/10/02 PCE/PEC - Critical report by European Court of Auditors
2016/03/16 Aid to Libya
2015/09/21 Development aid to The Gambia
2015/09/17 Development Aid to Eritrea
2015/03/12 Development aid
2015/03/12 Development aid for Ethiopia
2015/03/12 Development aid to Bangladeshi police
2015/02/06 Reception and recruitment centre in Mali
2014/12/17 Development aid to Niger
2014/12/17 Development aid for Mali
2014/11/26 Aid to Gaza
2014/11/26 Development aid to sub-Saharan Africa
2017/05/11 Extension of the Article 50 negotiations
2017/05/11 Extension of the Article 50 negotiations
2016/11/16 Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union
2016/11/16 Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union
2016/10/18 Financing of the European Anglers Alliance
2015/09/17 Roma projects
2015/02/06 Financing of the African Union
2015/01/28 Association of National Organisations of Fishing Enterprises in the European Union (Europêche)
2015/01/14 Ghost airports
2016/04/06 VP/HR - Human rights situation in Eritrea
2015/12/08 Funding of UNRWA
2015/02/11 Human rights violations in Zimbabwe
2015/02/11 Human rights violations in Zimbabwe
2016/04/06 VP/HR - Representation in the Caribbean region
2016/02/29 Delegation at the World Economic Forum in Davos
2015/04/13 Subsidies to the Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association
2015/03/12 Brain drain in Uganda
2015/02/09 Endocrine disruptor consultation
2015/01/28 OPAGAC
2014/09/30 Fishing subsidies
2014/09/30 Fishing subsidies
2016/04/06 EU-Turkey migration deal
2016/04/06 EU-Turkey migration deal
2016/03/16 Turkish import duty rate on mackerel
2016/02/29 Accession negotiations with Turkey
2015/04/08 Role of Guinea-Bissau in cocaine smuggling
2015/02/11 EU-funded elevator in Sicily
2015/02/11 Turkey and people-smuggling
2015/01/14 Pre-accession assistance to Turkey
2017/10/05 Legal mechanism for a transition period
2017/03/07 EU-UK relations after Brexit
2016/03/16 Cost of awareness-raising campaigns
2016/03/16 Dissuasion campaigns
2015/12/08 Commission offices
2015/10/19 Illegal fishing in Somali waters
2015/10/19 The Commission's 'Brexit task force'
2015/09/02 Sea bass management
2015/04/13 Repatriation of migrants
2015/03/12 Illegal fishing in UK waters
2015/02/06 Cost of Eurobarometers
2015/01/28 Cost of missions
2014/10/02 Export refunds for exports to developing countries
2014/07/07 UK statutory veto over appointment of Commission President
2016/03/16 Palestinian presidential palace
2016/02/29 British officials
2016/02/29 British officials
2015/10/19 Financial support to the Ma'an News Agency
2015/10/19 Budget support to Burundi
2015/09/21 Financial support to Al-Quds University
2015/01/28 Palestinian territories
2015/01/14 New VAT regime for online purchases
2015/01/14 Budget support to Ghana
2014/12/17 Dismissals in the Council
2014/12/17 Dismissals in the Commission
2014/09/30 Transitional allowances
2014/09/30 Transitional allowance
2014/09/30 Pegase direct financial support to the Palestinian Authority

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