New and improved - even more content is analysed
In addition to getting the MEP questions and classifying them, we have now added to the database all the answers to those questions from the Council and the Commission.
We have so far added 27,000 answers. Our tool has used the text of the answers to qualify better the questions, and therefore added extra relevant topics to the questions when appropriate. What this means is that when when you search the MEP questions for a specific a topic, you might find questions that aren't directly relevant, but where the answer relates to the topic
Beyond the questions and answers, we have now taken into account the motions (70 this term already) and debates (987).
Unfortunately, most of the debates aren't translated. We have added an extra step in our analysis, and now we translate them automatically if there is no official translation in english, and we classify them by topics like we are doing for the questions. However, some of the debates are admin discussion ("this is time to vote", "let's start...") kind of "debates". We are trying to remove these from the indexing because they don't add much new content - but we are fine tuning the tools so some of these materials may still be indexed.
Language is no longer a barrier to cross referencing the information. So now, when you search for a topic, you might discover that a Latvian MEP asked a relevant question in Latvian and read the English translation, but you may also see that the tool highlights another Hungarian motion with a similar theme.
As for the classification, the translation is done automatically by a computer. The results are surprisingly good, but are not perfect. Please contact us when you notice things that are really incorrect, it will help us improve the tools.
When we put together the motions, questions, debates and answers, we have nearly 62 000 documents at your disposal to better understand the MEPs and what they are doing.