José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra

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European Parliament in Strasbourg (2014).

José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra (born May 31, 1955 in Madrid) is a Spanish politician and Member of the European Parliament with the People's Party, Member of the Bureau of the European People's Party and sits on the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs.

He is a substitute for the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, substitute for the Delegation to the EU-Mexico Joint Parliamentary Committee.



José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra (2011)
  • since 1994: Member of the European Parliament
  • 2001-2004: Vice-Chairman of the EPP-ED Group
  • Since 1994: Member of the EPP Group Bureau
  • 2001-2004: Member of the EPP Group Policy Bureau
  • EPP-ED Group coordinator on the Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Former Chairman of the Delegation for relations with the countries of South America and the Delegation for relations with the countries of Central America, Mexico and Cuba
  • 2000: Chairman of the observation mission for the presidential elections in Colombia (2002) and Chairman of the European Parliament's observation mission for the presidential elections in Peru
  • 2001: European Parliament representative at the Second Summit of Heads of State and Government of the EU, Latin America and the Caribbean (Madrid, 2002) and at the Third Summit of Heads of State and Government of the EU, Latin America and the Caribbean (Guadalajara, Mexico, 2004), and head of the parliamentary delegation to the 12th, 13th and 14th San Jose Ministerial Conferences with the Rio Group (2000, 2001) and the Euro-Mediterranean partnership
  • European Parliament's rapporteur on the bi-regional strategic association between the EU and Latin America and the association, political dialogue and cooperation agreements between the European Community and Mexico, Chile and the Andean Community
  • Patron of the Fundación Activa, patron of the Hispano-Cuban Foundation, Vice-President of the Juan de la Cosa Foundation
  • In 2006, Salafranca was the chief of a committee of 70 electoral observers from the European Union for the Mexican general election.[1] After the election Salafranca considered the controversial election clean and considered the decision of the Electoral Tribunal as fair.[2] Mark Almond, an election observer in several countries, questioned the objectivity of José Ignacio Salafranca and some of the mass media.[3]
  • Stance on Abortion and Homosexuality: During a plenary session of the European Parliament, José Ignacio Salafranca Sanchez-Neyra orally introduced an amendment to promote the Brazilian resolution on sexual identity and sexual orientation, which aims to secure equal rights for all people regardless of sexual orientation. The resolution also included amendments on abortion. Salafranca's amendment was accepted and the EPP voted in favor of the resolution.

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  1. ^ "Llegan 70 observadores electorales de la UE". El Universal, 22 June 2006.
  2. ^ "Observadores de UE instan a coalición a evitar inestabilidad". Natalia Gómez, El Universal, 11 September 2006.
  3. ^ "Outcry over Mexican elections falling on deaf ears". By Mark Almond, Malaysia Sun, 15 August 2006. Same article in The Guardian is titled: 'People power' is a global brand owned by America. "West promoting 'people power' when it suits". Taipei Times, 19 August 2006. Same Guardian article as above.

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