The worldwide crises which affected the energy industry between 1974 and 1979, the earthquake on March 4, 1977, the development of its own army industry, the urgent construction of the Danube - Black Sea Channel, as well the emergence of the war between Iraq and Iran have stressed the problems of the entire Romanian economy, this crisis situation been reflected, between others, but the fact that the growth parameters, planned at the beginning of 1979, have not been reached.
In order to face the crisis, Nicolae Ceauşescu tried to obtain the support of the C.A.E.R. member states, willing to intensify the commercial exchanges with those countries, in order to obtain fuel and raw materials at convenient prices. Moreover, in June 1980, in order to partially cover the commercial deficit, the Bucharest officials contracted a new external loan issued by governmental sources, situation which generated the concerns of the principal creditors of the Romanian state.
The increase of social tensions in Poland and the important protests of the Polish workers in the second part of August 1980 have amplified the concerns in Moscow, but also in Bucharest. All of a sudden, Nicolae Ceauşescu started a series of visits in the entire country, especially after the signing of the Gdańsk Agreement by the Polish government and the protestants (August 31, 1980). The possible aim of these visits could have been to feel the general pulse of its nation since the effects of the economical crises became obvious in Romania, as well as in Poland.