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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)
Starostové a nezávisli
Czech Republic
Magic Circle
Regional Development Member regi
Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Substitute envi



Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2017/05/31 Media concentration and political and economic power in the Member States
2015/04/09 Concentration of media ownership and concurrent holding of public office
2015/03/23 The concentration of media ownership and the parallel holding of public office
2017/05/31 President Macron's statement regarding workers from Eastern Europe
2017/04/12 Major interpellation - Follow-up to the Brazilian meat imports scandal
2016/11/24 Use of potassium phosphonates in organic production
2016/10/20 Structural Reform Support Programme
2016/07/14 Whey
2016/05/04 Commission Communication on 'Reforming the Common European Asylum System and developing safe and legal pathways to Europe' - reform of the Dublin system
2016/02/23 Deadlines for responding to written questions
2015/07/17 Products of the same brand but varying quality on the EU market
2015/05/13 Support measures for bees
2015/05/11 Sugar cane imports
2014/11/06 School Milk Programme - reducing products eligible for support
2016/10/20 Counter-terror measures at EU level
2015/12/03 Discrimination against Czech food producers from multinational supermarket chains
2015/11/10 Repatriation of illegal migrants
2014/11/17 German toll
2016/11/24 Ending of quotas for the production of sugar
2016/02/04 Suspicious transactions connected with Russian clients at Deutsche Bank
2015/11/10 EU migration as a result of climate change
2015/10/15 Falling price of milk in the Czech Republic and the EU
2015/04/09 Scrapping of EU milk quotas
2015/03/23 Abolition of milk quotas in the EU
2016/10/20 EFSI
2015/04/09 Flexible application of existing rules
2015/03/23 Flexible application of existing rules
2017/01/31 VP/HR - Impact of the Trump presidency on European economies
2017/01/31 Readmission agreements
2017/01/31 Basis for the draft directive on the acquisition and possession of weapons
2016/02/23 VP/HR - EU-Saudi Arabia relations
2015/12/03 Revision of Directive 2008/51/EC amending Council Directive 91/477/EEC on the acquisition and possession of weapons
2015/05/11 Possession of weapons - a European perspective
2014/11/26 Transparency in the creation of European law
2017/03/29 Dumping of old cars in other countries
2017/01/31 VP/HR - Restriction or withdrawal of development aid as a foreign policy tool
2016/12/07 Commission's approval of Germany's revised plan to introduce a road toll
2016/07/14 Cooperation between schools and businesses
2016/03/10 Constitutional crisis in Poland
2016/02/23 Evaluation of the implementation of Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) method
2015/11/10 EU standards and the sale of fruit
2015/10/15 Delays to agricultural payments
2015/06/05 Legal basis for programmes to provide fruit, vegetables and milk to schools
2014/11/26 The risk posed by the financing of European political parties by countries outside the EU
2014/11/26 Problems in funding cohesion policy
2015/05/11 Transporting the bodies of the deceased within the European Union
2015/04/09 VP/HR - Eurasian Economic Union
2015/03/23 VP/HR - Eurasian Economic Union
2016/02/04 VP/HR - Personal scope of the EU's sanctions regime against Russia
2015/11/10 PCE/PEC - Shortcomings in communications with representatives of national parliaments
2015/05/13 VP/HR - Is the EU planning to lift its sanctions against Russia?
2015/02/12 VP/HR - Removal of children from EU citizens by Norwegian government agencies and their adoption outside the EU
2015/11/10 Differing approaches to refugees from individual Member States
2015/04/09 Commission's pledge to help Member States get their operational programmes approved
2015/03/23 Commission assistance to Member States in the approval of their operational programmes

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