European Union – Deportation and detention of illegally staying third country nationals. Article 29(2) of Regulation (EU) No 604/2013 had to be interpreted as meaning that, where the transfer of a third-country national did not take place within the six-month time limit as defined in art 29(1) and (2) of that regulation, responsibility was transferred automatically to the requesting member state, without it being necessary for the member state responsible to refuse to take charge of or take back the person concerned. The Court of Justice of the European Union so held, among other things, in a preliminary ruling in proceedings concerning an appeal against the rejection of an application for international protection lodged in one of the member states by a third-country national or a stateless person.