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José Salafranca Sánchez-Neira


José Salafranca Sánchez-Neira

José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra (born on 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.


  • Degree and further courses in law at the Complutense University of Madrid
  • Honorary doctorate from the University of the Americas, Chile
  • Diplomas in European integration from the Diplomatic School of Madrid and the National Institute of Public Administration
  • Legal adviser to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and member of the Ministry of Transport, Tourism and Communications inspectorate
  • European Commission official
  • assistant director of the offices of Commissioners Abel Matutes and Marcelino Oreja
  • Professor of Civil Law, Centre of European Studies
  • Has lectured in European Community studies at the Diplomatic School of Madrid, the University of Trieste, the Menéndez y Pelayo University, the Complutense, Autonomous and Technical Universities of Madrid, as well as other centres and institutions
  • Member of the PP National Executive Committee and Madrid Regional Executive Committee
  • Member of the PP Council on International Relations


  • 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.

See also: European Parliament election, 2004 (Spain)


External links

  • Official website of José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra:
  • European Parliament biography of José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra (incl. Speeches, Questions and Motions)
  • financial interests (Spanish)
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