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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: 2018-07-05

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)
Christen-Democratisch & Vlaams
Magic Circle
Economic and Monetary Affairs Member econ
Financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance Member tax3
Agriculture and Rural Development Substitute agri
Employment and Social Affairs Substitute empl

Keywords Extraction:

Date Title
2018/03/05 VAT on e-books
2018/01/08 Reduced VAT rates
2017/11/23 VAT rates
2016/07/20 VAT on donations of food, clothing, etc.
2018/04/16 Slaughter of pigs: price transparency
2018/03/13 Compliance with the Nitrates Directive
2015/07/17 Review of the Timesharing Directive
2015/04/14 REFIT Birds Directive
2018/04/24 European legislation on the storage of dangerous substances
2017/09/19 European homologation requirements for bicycle helmets
2017/01/27 Variation in provision from FEAD
2016/12/20 Visibility of European aid in the streetscape
2016/12/20 Uniformity of road signs on European roads
2016/04/25 European support for Flemish farmers with land in Belgium and France
2016/02/23 Possibility of a European ban on the production and sale of mink fur
2015/10/30 FEAD - Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived
2018/03/26 Notification procedure under Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on food information to consumers
2018/02/28 Fraud against consumers buying ham
2018/02/02 Public investment under the Stability and Growth Pact
2017/07/10 Road toll stickers (vignettes) in Europe
2016/12/20 Driving hours and rest periods for bus drivers
2015/09/30 Unfair trading practices in the food supply chain
2018/01/30 Wider agricultural vehicles and the internal market
2015/10/30 Voluntary agri-environmental measures under the CAP 2014-2020
2015/06/30 Multiple-entry Schengen visa applications for European Voluntary Service (EVS)
2015/05/30 Comenius programme and its participants
2015/05/30 Producer organisations in farming
2018/05/17 Unique identifier in connection with payment services
2018/03/09 Admission to museums for school-age children
2018/03/06 Use of insects in animal feed
2018/03/05 Cost of parliamentary questions
2017/09/18 Free trade agreement negotiations with Australia
2016/06/22 The cost of the Russian trade embargo for European and Belgian dairy cattle and pig farmers and fruit and vegetable growers
2015/09/30 Fair prices for farmers
2015/02/16 Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB)
2015/02/16 Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB)
2017/09/26 Minimum rates of excise duty on alcohol and alcoholic beverages
2017/09/26 Minimum rates of excise duty on alcohol and alcoholic beverages
2018/03/22 Fake honey
2016/03/30 Discrimination with regard to the 'Número de Identificación de Extranjeros'
2018/03/26 Lack of a uniform approach during the fipronil crisis
2018/03/12 Grants for the construction of new fishing vessels
2018/03/09 Car insurance during protracted stays abroad
2018/03/01 Sugar beet growing and ban on neonicotinoids
2018/01/08 Unpaid internships at the Commission
2017/09/18 Impact of electric pulse fishing on fish stocks in the southern North Sea
2017/02/14 Limits on recovery of surpluses of 'definitively taxed income'
2017/02/07 Brazilian anti-dumping case involving frozen potatoes
2015/06/30 Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs