European Court of Justice squanders opportunity to save 14m after rejecting bid to slash sessions in Strasbourg | UPDATED: 21:25 GMT, 13 December 2012 The highest EU court has rejected a proposal to save 14million a year by reducing the number of sessions the European Parliament holds in the French city of Strasbourg. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said the proposed change went against EU treaties and it was up to national governments, not the parliament, to make such decisions. EU treaties oblige the parliament to hold 12 plenary sessions a year in Strasbourg, 270 miles from Brussels, which is home to the European Commission, the EU executive.
Speed up English tests for EU doctors, say MPs who accuse Government of making 'no substantive progress'Doctors from European countries are free to work without language checksDue to a diktat from Brussels saying tests would impede movement of labour23,000 doctors from Europe are registered to work in Britain despite never undergoing checks on their English or medical skills | UPDATED: 01:03 GMT, 4 December 2012 Not enough: Ministers are not making progress on overturning EU rules forbidding language tests Ministers are not doing enough to make sure foreign doctors can speak good English, MPs warn. They accuse the Government of making ‘no substantive progress’ on overturning strict European Union rules that forbid language tests. At present, all GPs and hospital doctors from European countries are free to work in Britain without facing any form of national checks on their competence or English-speaking ability