Press review (Jan 14)
President Traian Basescu takes from the drawer a report of the presidential commission of analysis of the Political and Constitutional Regime, on which basis a debate should be officially launched, on the modification of the fundamental law," writes Evenimentul Zilei.
Cotidianul writes that the "presidential draft for the modification of the Constitution, which could lead to the increased power of the head of state, will be presented, on Wednesday, at Cotroceni presidential Palace."
The evolution, due to a drop of 3.86% in the price of fuel, was below the expectations of analysts, the Central Bank of Romania (BNR) failed to have an inflation rate of 3.8%, adds the daily.
The main anti-crisis measures in the focus of the government are presented in Adevarul and Romania Libera, which say that all these are proposals coming from the employers' associations, trade unions and bankers.
Another measure for countering the immediate effects of the crisis regards the fall of the rate of the obligatory minimum reserve set up by the commercial banks, as well as the drop by 2% of the interest rate for the facilitation of loans, granted for the continuation of investments.
Last year, the relevant market slowed down its growth pace, from 34%, in 2007, and the estimates for 2009 are uncertain, according to Plosceanu.
The media write that, according to a report of the European statistics office Eurostat, Romania reported, in 2007, the highest surge in the EU, in the number of air passengers, of 41%, compared with 2006.