Official Journal of the European Union

C 128/25

Reference for a preliminary ruling from the Lietuvos vyriausiasis administracinis teismas (Lithuania) lodged on 18 March 2008 — Mechel Nemunas UAB v Valstybinė mokesčių inspekcija prie Lietuvos Respublikos finansų ministerijos

(Case C-119/08)

(2008/C 128/45)

Language of the case: Lithuanian

Referring court

Lietuvos vyriausiasis administracinis teismas (Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania)

Parties to the main proceedings

Claimant: Mechel Nemunas UAB

Defendant: Valstybinė mokesčių inspekcija prie Lietuvos Respublikos finansų ministerijos (State Tax Inspectorate attached to the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania)

Question referred

Are First Council Directive 67/227/EEC (1) and/or Article 33 of Sixth Council Directive 77/388/EEC (2) to be interpreted as having prohibited a Member State from maintaining, and levying, deductions from income in accordance with the Law of the Republic of Lithuania on the financing of the road maintenance and development programme in the form of the tax which has been described earlier in this order?

(1)  First Council Directive of 11 April 1967 on the harmonisation of legislation of Member States concerning turnover taxes (OJ, English Special Edition 1967, p. 14).

(2)  Sixth Council Directive of 17 May 1977 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to turnover taxes — Common system of value added tax: uniform basis of assessment (OJ 1977 L 45, p. 1).