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 24-2-2017

  • RPIVA representatives to demand Sadurskis? resignation On Tuesday, 28 February, Riga Teacher Training and Management Academy intends to organize a piquet outside of the Cabinet of Ministers building. The goal of this protest act is to demand the resignation of Latvian Education and Science Minister Karlis Sadurskis and halt the process of the academy?s liquidation. Organizers of the piquet say: «Up until now Education and Science Ministry has not expressed any interest in forming a constructive dialogue with RPIVA employees and students even though we have expressed verbal and written readiness to cooperate and have asked the ministry to commence the discussion multiple times.» RPIVA believes the ministry discredits Latvia?s education system with its behaviour. Also, the ministry seems nihilistic towards the work performed by workers of education institutions. «We demand the liquidation process of RPIVA to be stopped and wide consultations to be commenced with all involved sides to ensure the process of change and its offered benefits are clear to everyone. We ask for a full assessment of the needs and concerns of all involved sides. We also ask for a detailed assessment of different education reform models,» organizers say. On Wednesday, 22 February, Ilze Vinkele, head of Saeima?s Education, Culture and Science Committee, said: «Everyone would benefit from increased involvement of all interested sides and more carefully considered reorganization models to pick the most appropriate solution.»
  • Latvia to procure nearly fifty used howitzers; first ones to be supplied in autumn Latvian National Armed Forces will sign an agreement with Austrian Defence and Sports Ministry for the procurement of M109 series 155mm self-propelled artillery system. This agreement includes not only the procurement of howitzers, but also fire support centre and driver training platform procurement, as reported by Latvian Defence Ministry. It is planned that the costs of a single unit, depending on modifications ? howitzer, fire support centre or driver training platform will be from EUR 60,000 to EUR 140,000. To further improve fire support capabilities of Latvian armed forces and improve their ability to fully integrate in NATO operations and exercises, it is planned to procure 47 self-propelled artillery platforms. Mobile artillery system?s M109A5Oe A-type howitzer, which is a modernized version of A2 and A3 howitzer with 39-calibre M185 barrel, is used by Austrian armed forces. Austria had procured those howitzers from Britain in the mid-90s. Their range is 22 km with conventional munitions and 30 km with improved conventional munitions. Austria?s offered 155mm self-propelled M109A5Oe artillery system is fitted with a semi-automatic reloading system, inertial navigation system, electrical system and an artillery fire control system. Its modifications allow the howitzer to open fire within a minute after receiving firing objective. The unit is also able to leave the firing position within 30 seconds after completing its firing objective. With a well-trained crew, it is possible to fire up to 12 shots within one minute. The platform is also fitted with a 12.7mm machine gun for defensive purposes. The M109A5Oe Fire Support Centre is an Austrian modification of the M109 platform with retained frame and dismantled cannon. Lack of a cannon increases internal space. The platform is fitted with a tactical counter with a printer, radio equipment and 28 V generator. For protection, the platform has an 80mm smoke grenade system and 12.7mm machine gun. M109 driver training platform is intended for practical training courses. It is expected that the first howitzers will be delivered in autumn 2017.
  • Latvian Saeima ratifies EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement On Thursday, 23 February, Latvia?s parliament ratified the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. «The agreement means geopolitical benefits under conditions of security risks and a major step towards strengthening Trans-Atlantic ties,» said Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee?s Chairman Ojars Eriks Kalnins. As noted in Latvian Saeima?s report ? CETA is a modern EU trade agreement. Its application will cancel 99.5% of customs taxes. «Up until this year, Latvia?s exports of good to Canada have been measured in several million euros. The most beneficial conditions as part of this agreement are offered in the service field ? access to the Canadian market will be secured on the federal and provincial level, as well as areas like finances, telecommunications, marine transports and environmental service,» as Saeima?s press-service reports. As previously reported, once the agreement comes into force, EU businesses will be able to participate in public procurement projects on a federal level and in Canadian provinces. It is also planned to simplify recognition of professional qualifications and improve investment protection rules. The agreement accurately defines investment protection standards. It will establish the order for the function of court reviews of investment conflicts. The independent court system will have 15 independent judges ? EU, Canada and third countries will provide five judges each. It is emphasized that CETA will not amend, reduce and cancel EU standards in any regulated fields, Saeima notes. «The agreement has a series of reservations for protection of Latvia?s interests in areas like procurement of agricultural land, release of mass media, as well as veterinary, security, pharmacy, legal, passenger and cargo service sectors. The agreement also includes a number of EU reservations,» states information on Saeima?s website. CETA will come into force once both sides ratify it.