Press review (Jan 13)
The dailies frontpage that Interior minister Gabriel Oprea will be expelled from the Social Democratic Party (PSD), after he appointed Virgil Ardelean as head of the secret service of the Interior, DGIPI, without the okay of the PSD leadership.
For his part, journalist Adrian Ursu says, in Cotidianul, that this is an attack to Basescu.
In this context, of depreciation of the Romanian currency, writes daily Ziarul Financiar, "the Romanian banks think of an increase in the euro up to highs of 4.5-4.7 lei, this autumn."
"This pace of depreciation by 3-4 bani a day is high, and I cannot see it sustainable. The rate is already high, and I count on a correction in the first quarter. I expect a sinusoidal trend this year, but no doubt the leu will remain weak, with an annual rate slightly over 4 lei/euro, but without reaching 5 lei/euro," commented, for Ziarul Financiar, Lucian Anghel, chief economist of BCR.
Romanian tourism could draw European funds worth one billion euros, and the "zero" priority of the incoming tourism minister Elena Udrea will be spa tourism, writes the aforesaid daily.
These statements were made following a meeting of the Consultative Council of Tourism, where the setting up of a committee was decided, in charge of the promotion of Romanian tourism, in 2009, writes daily Gandul.
The management of the bank says that in the current economic context such claims are not realistic, and Cotidianul gives details in an article on "The first all-out strike in the Romanian banking system."