May 14, 2021
Logistics and Infrastructure
Proceso Constitucional

Minister Ossa reviews renovations at the National Congress building in Santiago as it prepares to host the upcoming Constitutional Convention

Minister Ossa reviews renovations at the National Congress building in Santiago as it prepares to host the upcoming Constitutional Convention
Close to 7 billion Chilean pesos (US$ 9.9 million) have been budgeted to remodel and adapt the building which, together with Pereira Palace, will fully meet the needs of those responsible for drafting the next Chilean Constitution.

This morning, in front of the National Congress building in Santiago, Minister Secretary General of the Presidency Juan José Ossa invited guests to review the renovation work going on at the site where the next Constitutional Convention will be held. He was accompanied by the Undersecretary of the Ministry Secretary General of the Presidency, Máximo Pavez; Secretary of the Administrative Unit of the Constitutional Convention, Francisco Encina; Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies, Francisco Undurraga; and Secretary General of the Chamber of Deputies, Miguel Landeros.

During the event, the Minister expressed his thanks to Congress and stressed the connection with the Republic’s history reflected by the character of the heritage building that will host the Constitutional Convention.

“In the budget law, around 7 billion Chilean pesos have been set aside to cover various items related to the Convention. These works represent a significant investment. We hope that they will be ready within three weeks. The Convention is due to start work during the first week of July. The works are quite extensive, relatively complicated, and we have put our heart and soul into them,” he noted.

Thanks to an agreement signed on January 27 between the government – via the Ministry Secretary General of the Presidency (SEGPRES) - and the Senate, the Upper Chamber has made a commitment to make various rooms in the Congress Building available for the Constitutional Convention.

Practically four months later, the meeting room is in the process of being remodeled. It is also important to note that the works will not affect the structure of the building nor will they modify the buildings or the existing heritage ornamentations. The intention is only to refurbish the space in order to properly host the meetings of the Constitutional Convention.