6 March 2020

On Friday, 6 march 2020, the President of the Constitutional Court of Romania, Professor Valer Dorneanu, PhD, received a visit from His Excellency Jorge Alejandro Tagle Canelo, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Chile in Romania.

The meeting was attended by Mrs Claudia-Margareta Krupenschi, Director of the President’s Office, Assistant-Magistrate-in-chief.

Opening the dialogue, the Ambassador highlighted the historically proven importance of constitutional courts for respecting fundamental values and the prevalence of the rule of law in any democratic state. He then reported the experience of the Republic of Chile with regard to constitutional reform, given that such a process of revision of the Constitution is currently ongoing. In this context, he asked for concrete data about the constitutional reform process carried out over time in our country.

The President of the Constitutional Court recalled the Latin origins linking the two peoples – Romanian and Chilean – and noted that, despite joint and sometimes heated debates involving, in general, constitutional justice in any country, it is undeniable its essential role as guardian of the Constitution. Next, the President presented, synthetically, the history of the Romanian constitutions and, in particular, the drafting of the Constitution of 1991, as well as of the constitutional review process of 2003, giving the foreign guest all the requested clarifications, including on the organization and powers of the Constitutional Court.

The Ambassador expressed his sincere appreciation for the extremely useful dialogue, the two parties reaffirming, at the end of the meeting, the mutual interest in maintaining the professional cooperation relations.