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500 year old lime tree in Leliceni Romania named Europe’s tree of the year, awarded at Brussels  A 500 year old lime tree in Leliceni, Romania was awarded at Brussels after winning the European contest of “European Tree of the year”, Romania’s Foreign Affairs ministry informs. The lime tree received over 20,000 votes. The tree is 500 years old, is 20 meters high and 390 cm thick.
Austria reintroduces temporary controls at borders on June 4-9 Austria will reintroduce temporary controls at its borders started June 4 to June 9 2011, Romania’s Foreign Affairs Ministry informs in a press release. Austrian authorities took the measure to organize the World Economic Forum held this year in Vienna on June 8-9.
MEPs invited to a launching reception of the representation of the Romanian region dominated by Hungarian minority at Brussels  Members of the European Parliament received an invitation from MEPs Laszlo Tokes, Csaba Sogor and Iuliu Wingler to a reception launching the representation of the Romanian region dominated by the Hungarian minority (Tinutul Secuiesc) at Brussels, news agency Agerpres reads.
UPDATE Christine Lagarde announced her candidacy to the IMF French Finance minister Christine Lagarde announced officially her plans to run for director of the IMF, AFP informs. Lagarde is considered favored to occupy the position previously held by Dominique Strauss Kahn and is sustained by France, Germany and Great Britain.
Serbia Presidency confirms Boris Tadic's decision not to attend CEE summit due to Kosovo A decision by Serbia President Boris Tadic not to attend the summit of Central and Eastern European countries, due to take place in Warsaw on May 27-28, has been confirmed in a press release of the the Serbian Presidency, quoted by news agency Tanjug. The reason is that Kosovo would not be presented asymmetrically compared to other participants at the summit, which is necessary at such high level reunions.
Presidents of Romania, Serbia and Slovakia plan to boycott the Central European Summit because Kosovo leader was invited Presidents of Romania, Serbia and Slovakia plan to boycott the invitation of the Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski to attend the Central European Summit where American President Barack Obama is due to attend, Poland.pl news website reads.
A company in Romania named company of the year in transfer prices sector in Central Europe  A company in Romania, Transfer Pricing Services SRL was named company of the year in the transfer prices sector in Central Europe, by the publication International Tax Review reads. In the beginning of the year, International Tax Review addressed an invitation to consultancy companies in 26 European states to present the most concluding examples of their professional activities.
Russian newspaper: Dmitri Medvedev criticizes the installation of the anti missile shield in Romania / Bulgaria is ready to host the American shield  Russian President Dmitri Medvedev had tough words regarding Romania’s decision to host the American anti missile shield. According to Medvedev, if the elements will be installed in Romania this will trigger Moscow’s acceleration to develop its nuclear potential and will throw the world in a cold war. In Bucharest, some observers are waiting an increase of Russian presence in Transdniester. Meanwhile, the interest in the American shield was also expressed by Bulgaria, Kommersant.md reads.
Romania about to get a new sanction from the EC: we did not transpose the new EU regulations on the telecom market  Romanians should be able, starting Wednesday, May 25 to be able to change their telecom operator without changing their telephone number in just one day according to the new EU regulations in the telecom sector adopted at the end of 2009 that would have had to be transposed into national legislation by this date. The EU warns on Monday that it will consider launching an infringement procedure for the countries that did not comply with this obligation. Romania is one of these countries.
Romania President: Do we have judicial guarantees no missile existing in Russia currently will ever reach Romanian territory?��� Romanian President Traian Basescu said in an interview with public television TVR 1 on Thursday evening that the statements made by Russian President Dmitri Medvedev regarding the US missile shield should not be dramatized. But he said Romania should provide the "comfort that these military instruments are not aimed at strikes against the Russian Federation".
Russian official: sooner or later, the America shield in Romania will train an answer from Russia 
Present in Transdniester, President of the International Affairs Committee in the Russian legislative, Konstantin Kosaciov declared that the plans of Washington to transform Romania in a platform for the anti-missile shield can train a military reaction from Russia, Regnum agency reads, quoting Kommersant Moldova. 
European Commission launched infringement procedures against Romania on the agreement with Russia in terms of air services  The European Commission launched on Thursday an infringment procedure against Romania on the agreement with Russia on airline services. Moreover, it sent an official request of information known as official notification letter. The Commission is worried that the new agreement might compromise the equal treatment of airline companies in the EU.
Hotel FM about Eurovision: we have nothing to justify or criticize  Eurovision was a bitter sweet experience but in a few years we wish Romania would remember our song, Change and out interpretation, a message posted on Hotel FM’s website reads. Hotel FM represented Romania at the most known musical contest in Europe and qualified on the 17th position, with 77 points.
Dan Fatuloiu Interior Affairs Attache to Rome Dan Valentin Fatuloiu was named Interior Affairs Attache to Rome by the Romanian Interior minister Traian Igas, sources in the ministry declared for Agerpres.
Romanian retained by Bulgarian customs with counterfeit cigarettes hidden in snail shells  Bulgarian customs officers retained a Romanian citizen who attempted to smuggle in Greece counterfeit cigarettes hidden in snail shells, Novinite informs. The incident took place on Wednesday morning at Kulata customs, South West of the country.
Germany will support Romania and Bulgaria’s adhesion to Schengen if the EC report will be positive Gunther Krichbaum, the chief of European Affairs Committee in Bundestag declared on Monday, at Sofia that Germany will support Romania and Bulgaria’s adhesion to Schengen if the European Commission’s report will be positive.
President Basescu on Europe’s day: it is in Romania’s best interest for EU to be politically and economically consolidated Romania’s President Traian Basescu sent on Monday a message on Europe’s day in which he underlines Romania’s interest to see a strong EU, politically and economically. The EU has 27 member states with a total population of half a billion citizens that benefit of rights and share common responsibilities, the letter reads.
Malta, the 10th EU country to maintain until 2013 labor market restrictions for Romanians and Bulgarians Malta will maintain labor market restrictions for Romanians and Bulgarians, Times of Malta informs quoting European sources, Romanian news agency Mediafax reports. Malta is going to be one of the ten EU states that will extend restrictions until 2013 together with Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Great Britain.
Corneliu Chisu the first elected Romanian in the Ottawa Parliament: An extremely importat moment for Romanian immigration in Canada  Corneliu Chisu, member of the Conservative Party in Canada was elected on Monday in Ottawa’s Parliament after a victory in the general elections against Liberal Dan McTeague, thestar reads. Chisu, aged 62 ran in the Pickering – Scarborough East constituency.
Russia criticizes the decision to place the American anti-missile shield in Romania / Dmitry Rogozin: the plan is a Trojan horse The lower chamber of the Russian Parliament criticized the unilateral decision of Washington and Bucharest to place the anti-missile shield in Romania. Defense Committee VP Mihail Babici declared for the electronic publication Vzglia that the development if air defense in Europe should not be done without the synchronization of the Russian possibility to place a common shield. He said that such a system in Europe is against Russian interests. At his turn, Russia’s special representative to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said ironically that the plan is a Trojan horse.

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