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 30-6-2016

  • Financier: Latvia will have to pay more to the EU budget Britain paid EUR 10 billion to the EU budget every year. With Britain?s exit from the EU, remaining member states, including Latvia, will have to pay larger amounts of money to compensate the lack of funds from Britain and maintain EU long-term programmes, believes financier Vadim Yeroshenko. He believes Latvia will have to pay more indirectly as well. «Chaos and uncertainty have begun in Europe following the results of the Brexit referendum. EU economy became weakened and its positions in regards to attraction of investments declined as well. Right-wing forces in France could very much organize a referendum on France?s possible exit from the EU,» ? Yaroshenko says. According to the financier, «Europe will no longer be as stable as Latvia hoped it would be. Latvia?s economy is formed in accordance with EU?s economic policy. We ought to hope God helps sort out the situation in Europe.» «British pound has already dropped in value on global markets, as have company shares and bonds. This political game will cost Britain dearly. Brits have woken up after the party. Only now are they piecing together what exactly they have done. In reality, no one, not even the leading British politicians, did not consider the possible consequences. The vote was organized on a wave of populism and based mostly on emotions, not economic calculations and pragmatism,» ? explains the financier. «The majority of Scotland?s residents voted in favour of remaining in the EU. It is likely that the independence movement in favour of leaving the UK to remain in the EU will become active again. This political instability will benefit neither the UK nor the EU,» ? Yaroshenko concluded.
  • Revalde turns to court against Ventspils Vice-Mayor Vitolins Ventspils Court has yet to accept the plea from Gita Revalde, the dismissed rector of Ventspils University College, against Janis Vitolins, first deputy of the Chairman of Ventspils City Council for infrastructure affairs in relation to his statements about allegedly illegally spent municipal funds at VUC. As reported by Ventspils Court?s spokesperson Dace Grauzina, Revalde?s plea has yet to be addressed. Revalde has been given time to add corrections to her official request to the court. Revalde, who was dismissed from her post by the college?s Constitutional Council on 25 May, decided to turn to court against the Vice-Mayor of Ventspils and Ventspils City Council, asking the court to order them to withdraw their untrue and defamatory statements and enforce compensation. According to Revalde, the requested compensation is EUR 100,000. She wishes to enforce this amount from Vitolins and Ventspils City Council as co-defendant. Revalde decided to turn to court in relation to information published by different mass media and provided by Vitolins about alleged illegal spending of municipal funds worth at least EUR 10,000 by the college. «Compliance of the college?s financial and economic state to regulations in 2013, 2014 and 2015 was inspected by an independent sworn auditor. No problems were found during inspections. The report compiled by Ventspils City Council?s audit group on 24 May 2016 and information provided in the report points to alleged problems found in the college?s accounting documents, realization of the contract between the college and Ventspils municipality. Nevertheless, no specific breaches and violations were found. This means the defendants have used false information to achieve their goal ? the dismissal of the rector of Ventspils University College by means of defamation and untrue information,» ? says Revalde. She belies publication of defamatory information by regional media and state level news portals has irreversibly damaged her reputation. Because of that, she decided to turn to court to force those responsible to withdraw their statements and pay a compensation for the damage caused to her.
  • Criminal prosecution asked to be launched against Magonis Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has submitted materials of a criminal case to the Prosecutor General?s Office, requesting the launch of criminal prosecution of the former chief of Latvijas Dzelzceļ? Ugis Magonis for accepting a bribe worth EUR 500,000. KNAB uncovered in the pre-court investigation that the state official accepted a bribe from a private person in relation to the procurement organized by LDz subsidiary LDz Rolling Stock Service, as BNN was told by KNAB. KNAB investigator asks criminal prosecution to be launched against the former LDz official for accepting a bribe in exchange for a decision favourable to the private person. As it is known, Magonis was dismissed from his post after KNAB arrested him under suspicion of bribery. On 8 August, Riga District Court decided to apply a security measure against Magonis ? an arrest. Later the court agreed to release Magonis from custody in exchange for EUR 400,000 bail.
  • Kucinskis: the government will do everything to defend its citizens in Britain During the European Council meeting in Brussels on 28-29 June, Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis and leaders of other EU member states discussed the situation in Europe after the Brexit referendum, when the majority of British citizens voted in favour of leaving the EU. EU leaders expressed their regret over results of the referendum, adding that a lot of work would have to be put in strengthening the EU in the future and find a better model for cooperation between Britain and the EU. It is possible that talks between 27 EU member states and Britain will be established in favour of one of the six current models used for cooperation between EU and countries that are outside this union. It is also possible that talks may result in a completely new cooperation model. Kucinskis mentioned during the meeting that Latvia?s government will do everything in its power to defend its citizens living in Britain. The prime minister reminded that several thousand Latvian citizens live in Britain, as confirmed by the prime minister?s press-secretary Andrejs Vaivars. Kucinskis received confirmation from British Prime Minister David Cameron that he will not allow any form of discrimination of Latvian, Polish and Romanian citizens in Britain. Latvia will support EU integration, unity and solidarity. The main emphasis of future talks will be put ideas to restore public trust in the EU, enhancement of security, socio-economic development and global competitiveness.
  • Prosecutors: Lembergs has requested bribes from multiple people On Wednesday, 29 June, prosecutors finished presenting amendments to charges against criminally accused Aivars Lembergs? criminal case. The next court hearing is scheduled for 8 August. As explained by the court?s press representative Raimonds Locmelis, the break was announced to allow the accused to read through the new charges. The accused will be allowed to express their opinion. As previously reported, amended charges cover approximately 260 pages. As explained by prosecutor Juris Juriss, amended charges present new, previously unknown, sides of the criminal case. For example, it has been clarified in amended charges as to how specific criminal acts were performed by the accused. In addition, prosecutors mentioned that Lembergs had requested bribes from multiple people, including Ainars Gulbis and Julihs Krumins, to prevent negative consequences to his legal interests. In addition, Lembergs had requested the other accused, Ansis Sormulis, to ask for bribes from other people. Lembergs formed a criminal group that included him, Ansis Sormulis, Anrijs Lembergs and another person, who is currently tried in a different process. Lembergs was also engaged in money laundering activities. Prosecutors mentioned multiple such episodes in their amended charges against Lembergs and his accomplices. Recently Riga Regional Court declined the request to lift the security measure applied to Lembergs ? prohibition to fulfil duties of Chairman of Ventspils City Council. Juriss said that the prosecution believes the court?s decision was justified. One of the prosecutor?s voiced arguments in favour of maintaining the security measure was that the criminally accused person should be prohibited from carrying out the very actions in relation to which the person is accused of committing criminal acts. 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.