European Union – Immigration. In proceedings between Germany and the respondent Syrian national concerning the German immigration authorities' rejection of the respondent's asylum application and the consequent order for his transfer to Italy, the Court of Justice of the European Union made a preliminary ruling concerning the interpretation of certain provisions of Regulation (EU) No 604/2013. The Court held, among other things, that art 24(3), of that regulation should be interpreted as meaning that the fact that an appeal procedure brought against a decision that had rejected a first application for international protection made in a member state was still pending was not to be regarded as equivalent to the lodging of a new application for international protection in that member state, as referred to in that provision.