Welcome to the Consulate General of The Republic of Latvia to Lebanon

The Consulate General of Latvia in Beirut represents the Republic of Latvia in Lebanon and covers the 5 Boroughs of Beirut, Zahle, North of Lebanon, the South of Lebanon, and the Mont Lebanon. Its broad mission is to promote Latvian interests in Lebanon and to provide assistance to Latvians visiting Lebanon and residents. The Consulate seeks to assist in fostering broader knowledge in Lebanon about Latvia and to facilitate increased business, educational, and cultural relations between Lebanon and Latvia - one of the European Union's fastest growing and historically and culturally interesting nations.

Things you should know about Riga

  • Riga is the largest city in the three Baltic States
  • There are three major ports in Latvia - Liepaja, Riga and Ventspils, as well as seven smaller ports - Skulte, Mersrags, Salacgriva, Pavilosta, Roja, Lielupe and Engure, which are situated along the entire coastline of Latvia.
  • Riga is Europe's capital of art nouveau architecture
  • Riga is one of the greenest city in the region
  • Historic center in Riga is included in the UNESCO world heritage list
  • Riga , ranked as the best large European city for cost effectiveness by FDI Magazine
 
Largest cities or towns of Latvia

Riga

Rank Name Pop.

Liepāja

1 Riga 705,703
2 Daugavpils 103,053
3 Liepāja 83,884
4 Jelgava 64,748
5 Jūrmala 56,147

Daugavpils

6 Ventspils 42,657

Jelgava

7 Rēzekne 34,912
8 Valmiera 27,217
9 Jēkabpils 26,378
10 Ogre 26,167

Latvian News 19-8-2016

  • Latvia is prepared for EU fund investments worth EUR 3.2 billion Major progress in realization of investments has been secured by responsible institutions in Latvia. As a result ? cabinet rules for EU fund investments worth EUR 3.2 billion have been approved. There has already been noteworthy progress in the next phase ? announcement of the project selection process. Stable cabinet rules? approval process was noted in July 2016. This is why the deviation from the planned schedule for the allocation of financial assistance from the EU remains relatively small. A total of five cabinet rules were approved in July for a total EU funding amount of EUR 86 million. Thirteen project applications for a total amount of EUR 255.8 million were submitted for participation in the programme. Selection of 46.8% of EU fund projects has commenced. Cabinet rules that govern the provision of EU funding are the main pre-condition for the beginning of actual work on projects.
  • Asylum seeker: I?ve not come to Latvia to live at the country?s expense For the first time after his arrival in Latvia in June, asylum seeker from Syria Mahmud Zlavi publicly signed an employment agreement with a potential employer yesterday, 15 August. This employer is a local transit business company W.E.E.S.A. Mahmud Zlavi is an educated and professional construction manager with 30 years of experience in management posts in international companies. In addition, he is fluent in English and Arab language. Those are the skills that attracted the attention of the aforementioned employer, who promptly invited him for a job interview. Latvian Red Cross was present at the festive signing ceremony. «We have been providing asylum seekers with social assistant and social mentor services since April. It is good that businessmen have begun expressing interest in employing asylum seekers lately. We hope the signed agreement will transform into actual employment relations, which would serve as an example for Latvian businessmen and asylum seekers. I would like to extend gratitude to everyone who wishes to help. Cooperation between state and non-government institutions can help provide the necessary help more effectively,» ? says Agnese Trofimova, head of Latvian Red Cross international and public relations programme. The initiative demonstrated by W.E.E.S.A. in signing the employment agreement was also welcomed by Prof. Adris Denins of the University of Latvia (Economics and Management faculty). He said «the asylum seekers matter is highly important. I believe officials have yet to properly address it. I don?t think we should take the same approach employed by the European Union. We should instead come up with our own asylum seeker integration model. It is good that Mr. Zlavi respects our country?s culture and works hard to learn our country?s language. Respect toward Latvia is the condition that will help him create and develop a career here.» Saeima deputy and member of the European Affairs Committee Valdis Kalnozols, on the other hand, was more critical in his opinion: «One the one hand, I have mixed feelings towards Europe?s employed asylum seeker programme. On the other hand, I don?t think a country?s borders should be closed. I value Candada?s policy, where each case is viewed separately. For example, Saeima deputy Hosam Abu Meri is a great example of how someone can integrate in society and create a successful career.»
  • Court refuses to give Lembergs three months to go through new charges On Tuesday, 16 August, Aivars Lembergs, who is accused of committing serious crimes, asked the court to give him three months to go through the new charges presented to him. The court, however, gave him time until the end of this month. Prosecutor Juris Jurass mentioned that the accused had all the rights to go through the charges. «We find it unacceptable when the defence does not express any interest in the terms for the provision of assistance to the accused. This is not the kind of situation that warrants additional time,» ? said the prosecutor. The court decided to give Lembergs time until 29 August. Lembergs stated that this is amount of time is unfair. Ansis Sormulis, who is an accused party along with Aivars Lembergs and Anrijs Lembergs, emphasized during the hearing that he does not understand the new charges, adding that the charges include absurd assumptions from the side of the prosecution. He told the court that he does not admit his guilt. Sormulis also emotionally added that the charges are pointless. Ainrijs Lembergs told the court that the charges are written in a way «that I cannot express my opinion». «Write the charges in a way that I can understand. I have not breached a single section of the law,» ? said Lembergs? son, adding that he does not admit his guilt. As it is known, prosecutors finished reading amended charges in this criminal case at the end of June. Lembergs is accused of bribery is especially large amounts, money laundering, fraud, participation in property deals prohibited to him due to his post, abuse of official power and other crimes. In addition to Lembergs, other suspects in this case include his son Anrijs and the aforementioned Sormulis. All three deny their guilt in the crimes they are accused of. The case is compiled in 200 volumes and two criminal processes that were submitted to court by the prosecutor?s office in the second half of 2008
  • Four Syrian families arrive in Latvia On Tuesday, 16 August, thirteen people were relocated from Greece to Latvia as part of the EU resettlement programme. These people all require international protection. Four families from Syria arrived in Latvia. They have been put in Mucenieki asylum seeker centre, as reported by the Office for Citizenship and Migration Affairs. The relocated persons worked in education, trade, engineering science and accommodation industry. In their applications, those people stated Arab, English, Russian and other language skills. As previously reported, two families from Syria and two families from Iraq were relocated to Latvia from Greece as part of the EU resettlement programme. Alternative status is provided to a person if there is reason to believe said person faces persecution, torture, death penalty or otherwise humiliating treatment, or of the person has fled his or her home country because of violence, external or internal armed conflicts. Refugee status is provided to individuals who fled their home country due to the threat of persecution based on racial, religious, social or political affiliation.