Emil Constantinescu - Former President of Romania, Life Achievements and Childhood

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Emil Constantinescu is a Romanian politician who served as the President of Romania from 1996 to 2000

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BirthdayNovember 19, 1939
NationalityRomanian
FamousFormer President of Romania, Leaders, Political Leaders, Presidents
SpousesIleana Constantinescu
Childrens Dragos, Norina Boru
Universities
  • University of Bucharest
Birth PlaceBender, Moldova
ReligionRomanian Orthodox Church
GenderMale
Sun SignScorpio
Born inBender, Moldova
Famous asFormer President of Romania

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Who is Emil Constantinescu?

Emil Constantinescu is a Romanian politician who served as the President of Romania from 1996 to 2000. He gained prominence in politics in the late 1980s following the Romanian Revolution in 1989. He became a founding member and vice president of the Civic Alliance and also served as the acting chairman of the Romanian Anti-Totalitarian Forum which was later transformed into the Romanian Democratic Convention (CDR). He became the president in 1996 after CDR won the parliamentary elections of 1996. A professor by profession, Constantinescu has a doctorate in geology and geography, and also has a degree in law. It was during the course of his highly successful academic career that he became interested in politics as he wanted to play an active role in bringing about a positive change in the nation. He joined the Romanian Communist Party (PCR) in 1965. After the fall of the communist regime, he was elected president (rector) of the University of Bucharest, and became CDR's candidate for president of Romania. He lost the 1992 elections to Ion Iliescu, a prominent figure of the Romanian Revolution. He continued to be actively involved in politics and successfully won the elections in 1996 to become the President of Romania.

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Childhood & Early Life

Emil Constantinescu was born on 19 November 1939 in Tighina, Kingdom of Romania. His father was an agronomy engineer.

He attended high school in Pitesti and enrolled at the Law Faculty of the University of Bucharest in 1956. He got his degree in legal sciences in 1960 and started working as a junior judge in the District Court of Pitesti.

However, he changed his mind regarding his profession and joined the Faculty of Geology – Geography at the University of Bucharest in 1961. He graduated in 1966 with a degree in geology. During the course of his studies he developed an interest in politics and joined the Romanian Communist Party (PCR) in 1965.

Career

He embarked on an academic career in 1966 that would span several long years. He was appointed as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Geology at the University of Bucharest.

In 1979, he earned a doctorate in geology and geography. Over the years he rose through the ranks in the university to become associate professor in 1990. He became a professor of Mineralogy in 1991.

His involvement in politics greatly increased during the time of the Romanian Revolution in 1989. After the communist government was brought down, Emil Constantinescu collaborated with other intellectuals to work towards democratization of the country and establishment of a civil society.

In May 1990, he participated in the 42-day long meeting in the University Square in Bucharest which culminated in the formation of the association "University Solidarity." The same year, he played an important role in the foundation of the Civic Alliance, an important NGO working for the consolidation of a civil society.

In his academic career he was elected pro-rector of the University of Bucharest in 1990 and the rector in 1992, a position he held until 1996. During this period he also served as the president of the National Council of University Presidents in Romania (1992 - 1996).

During the early 1990s, the Civic Alliance and the University Solidarity joined hands with other civic entities and democratic parties to create the Democrat Convention of Romania (CDR) in 1991.

The CDR elected him as its president in 1992. He represented CDR in the presidential elections of 1992 but lost to the incumbent, Ion Iliescu, who had been made the acting president following the Romanian Revolution.

Over the ensuing years CDR struggled to strengthen the democratic opposition and its governance program. Emil Constantinescu, as the leader of the convention, initiated and signed “Contract with Romania.”

Even though President Ion Iliescu had begun his term with overwhelming public support, he was not able to bring about the economic or political stability the citizens sought. When the elections were held in 1996, the Democratic Convention emerged victorious and Constantinescu was elected the President of Romania.

He assumed office on 29 November 1996. During his tenure, a large scale reformation process was initiated in several sectors like justice and administration. The economic reforms included privatization and accelerated rate of industrialization.

He brought about several positive changes in the judiciary. The Law of the Local Administration and Criminal Code were updated and the Law for restitution of agricultural fields and forests confiscated by the communist regime was adopted.

As the president he also focused on building strong foreign relations with the other nations. Working along with U.S. President Bill Clinton, he launched "the Romania-US Strategic Partnership." He also strengthened bilateral relations of cooperation with other nations.

His presidential term ended on 20 December 2000 following which he resumed his academic career. He remains involved in politics and works with several NGOs, both in Romania and internationally. Currently he is also serving as the president of the Association of Citizenship Education and the Romanian Foundation for Democracy, and is on the Board of Directors of the World Justice Project.

Major Works

The CDR government under Constantinescu's presidency brought about several positive changes in Romania but his achievements were marred by an economic recession. He is credited with ending the Mineriads—successive violent interventions of miners in Bucharest—and for implementing the economic reforms that attracted the first major foreign investments in Romania.

Awards & Achievements

The Institute for East-West Studies, New York, conferred upon him the European Statesman of the Year in 1998.

In 1998, he was given the International Democracy Medal, awarded by the Center for Democracy, Washington.

In 1999, he received the Award of the American Bar Association Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI).

In 2000, he was awarded the Grand Order of King Tomislav by the government of Croatia “for outstanding contribution to the promotion of friendship and the development of mutual cooperation between the Republic of Romania and the Republic of Croatia.”

He received the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin in 2013.

Personal Life & Legacy

Emil Constantinescu is married to Nadia Ileana Constantinescu and has two children, Dragos and Norina Boru.

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Emil Constantinescu biography timelines

  • // 19th Nov 1939
    Emil Constantinescu was born on 19 November 1939 in Tighina, Kingdom of Romania. His father was an agronomy engineer.
  • // 1956 To 1960
    He attended high school in Pitesti and enrolled at the Law Faculty of the University of Bucharest in 1956. He got his degree in legal sciences in 1960 and started working as a junior judge in the District Court of Pitesti.
  • // 1966
    He embarked on an academic career in 1966 that would span several long years. He was appointed as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Geology at the University of Bucharest.
  • // 1989
    His involvement in politics greatly increased during the time of the Romanian Revolution in 1989. After the communist government was brought down, Emil Constantinescu collaborated with other intellectuals to work towards democratization of the country and establishment of a civil society.
  • // May 1990
    In May 1990, he participated in the 42-day long meeting in the University Square in Bucharest which culminated in the formation of the association "University Solidarity." The same year, he played an important role in the foundation of the Civic Alliance, an important NGO working for the consolidation of a civil society.
  • // 1991
    During the early 1990s, the Civic Alliance and the University Solidarity joined hands with other civic entities and democratic parties to create the Democrat Convention of Romania (CDR) in 1991.
  • // 1992
    The CDR elected him as its president in 1992. He represented CDR in the presidential elections of 1992 but lost to the incumbent, Ion Iliescu, who had been made the acting president following the Romanian Revolution.
  • // 1996
    Even though President Ion Iliescu had begun his term with overwhelming public support, he was not able to bring about the economic or political stability the citizens sought. When the elections were held in 1996, the Democratic Convention emerged victorious and Constantinescu was elected the President of Romania.
  • // 29th Nov 1996
    He assumed office on 29 November 1996. During his tenure, a large scale reformation process was initiated in several sectors like justice and administration. The economic reforms included privatization and accelerated rate of industrialization.
  • // 1998
    The Institute for East-West Studies, New York, conferred upon him the European Statesman of the Year in 1998.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, he was given the International Democracy Medal, awarded by the Center for Democracy, Washington.
  • // 1999
    In 1999, he received the Award of the American Bar Association Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI).
  • // 2000
    In 2000, he was awarded the Grand Order of King Tomislav by the government of Croatia “for outstanding contribution to the promotion of friendship and the development of mutual cooperation between the Republic of Romania and the Republic of Croatia.”
  • // 20th Dec 2000
    His presidential term ended on 20 December 2000 following which he resumed his academic career. He remains involved in politics and works with several NGOs, both in Romania and internationally. Currently he is also serving as the president of the Association of Citizenship Education and the Romanian Foundation for Democracy, and is on the Board of Directors of the World Justice Project.
  • // 2013
    He received the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin in 2013.

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Emil Constantinescu's FAQ

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    Emil Constantinescu was born at 1939-11-19

  • Where is Emil Constantinescu's birth place?

    Emil Constantinescu was born in Bender, Moldova

  • What is Emil Constantinescu nationalities?

    Emil Constantinescu's nationalities is Romanian

  • Who is Emil Constantinescu spouses?

    Emil Constantinescu's spouses is Ileana Constantinescu

  • Who is Emil Constantinescu childrens?

    Emil Constantinescu's childrens is Dragos, Norina Boru

  • What was Emil Constantinescu universities?

    Emil Constantinescu studied at University of Bucharest

  • What is Emil Constantinescu's religion?

    Emil Constantinescu's religion is Romanian Orthodox Church

  • What is Emil Constantinescu's sun sign?

    Emil Constantinescu is Scorpio

  • How famous is Emil Constantinescu?

    Emil Constantinescu is famouse as Former President of Romania