BRUSSELS, June 11 (Xinhua) -- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso welcomed on Wednesday the approval of the Treaty of Lisbon by the Estonian and Finnish Parliaments.
"The European Commission congratulates Estonia and Finland on the approval of the Treaty of Lisbon by their Parliaments today," he said in a statement.
He expressed his personal gratitude to the two governments and their respective parliaments for the constant support and commitment to the new treaty.
"The European Union will be stronger and better equipped to serve its citizens in the face of today's global challenges with the Treaty of Lisbon," he said.
He said that the two votes sent a strong signal, confirming the desire for the treaty to be ratified in good time to enter into force by Jan. 1, 2009.
"This would allow the Union to turn the institutional page and concentrate one hundred percent on delivering on the expectations of Europe's peoples," he concluded.
The treaty has now been approved by 17 EU member states.