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
In 2006, Salafranca was the chief of a committee of 70 electoral observers from the European Union for the Mexican general election. After the election Salafranca considered the controversial election clean and considered the decision of the Electoral Tribunal as fair.Mark Almond, an election observer in several countries, questioned the objectivity of José Ignacio Salafranca and some of the mass media.
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.