The Finnish Parliament ratified unanimously Romania and Bulgaria’s Accession Treaty, a press release of the European Integration Ministry informs. The Treaty still needs to be endorsed by the Finnish president Tarja Halonen.

Finland is the 19th member state that endorses the treaty, following the last week recommendation of the European Council regarding the two countries’ entry date as January 1 2007.

The Romanian EU Integration ministry saluted Finland’s ratification. “This endorsement is of great importance in the perspective of the Finnish presidency of the EU for the second half of this year. This is a positive signal that shows Finland is a real partner,” Anca Boagiu, Integration minister, said.

Last week, Holland ratified the treaty while on June 14 Ireland endorsed it.