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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.
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- 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
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News of 21/09/2018
According to Baltic News Network,
On Thursday, 20 September, Latvia’s Saeima approved in the final reading amendments to the Education Law, necessary for the gradual introduction of competence-based approach in education materials.
As confirmed by the parliament’s press-service, amendments also clarify education acquisition forms, allowing education institutions to provide education in traditional manner, remotely or over the internet. It is also stated that pre-school education will only be allowed to be provided traditionally.
Education Law will be expanded with a regulation regarding sign language. Schools that offer special education programmes for children with hearing problems, as well as other education institutions that offer an appropriate teaching environment will offer teaching using sign language.
From 1 September 2019, municipalities will have to sign a contract and participate in financing private education institutions’ maintenance costs if private service provider is a public welfare organization of public company.
The Cabinet of Ministers will now have to detail funding schedule, as well as criteria and order in which state important interest education facility status is provided or revoked. The decision regarding provision of such status will be made by Education and Science Ministry.
The government will also have to develop criteria, minimal accepted number of students and the maximum. Amendments state that the Cabinet of Ministers will also have to develop guidelines for the next seven years, as well as submit them for approval in the Saeima, as explained by the parliament’s press-service.
Amendments also narrow the range of persons who are not allowed to work as teachers. Persons whose criminal record has been cleansed and who have been provided with permission to work as teachers will be allowed to do so. Development of the evaluation procedure is in the hands of the Cabinet of Ministers.
A cyclone dictated weather at the end of last week. Under its influence rain clouds formed above Latvia, bringing moderate rainfall to most of the country’s regions. The cyclone also caused increased wind speed: 20-23 m/sec.
Monday’s air temperature will reach +15° C… +20° C.
Warmer masses of air will flow into the country at the beginning of the week. This means precipitation will back off and weather will be warm. As air temperature gradually increases, it will be around +27° C… +28° C at the end of the week. Night-time air temperature will be around +9° C… +14° C.
At the end of the week, a cold atmospheric front will pass through Latvia from the north-west, bringing colder masses of air to the country. Air temperature will drop again and there will be more rain.
The government supported Economy Ministry’s amendments in two sections: rules for production of electricity and price-calculation when producing electricity in co-generation and rules for production of electricity using renewable energy resources and price-calculation.
The goal of those rules is improving state support for end consumers of electricity, ensuring more efficient use of electricity and predictability of costs, as well as introducing stricter control mechanisms for CHP plants and requirements for provision of support.
To ensure accurate record keeping of electrical energy, heating energy and fuel, Economy Ministry proposes adopting rules to perform records at least once a day for produced electricity and heating energy and at least once a month for fuel used in energy production. This data is to be stored for at least five years.
Rules also state that CHP plans that have not yet commenced energy production have to reach electricity production output of at least 50% of their planned volume within the term provided for the issue of an MPC permit.
The current head of Latvia’s Office for Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity has decided to participate in the open selection process to stay in his post for a repeated term.
The 61-year-old Burkâns has confirmed that he would like to stay for another four-year term. He will likely submit his application next week.
«I have invested all of my effort in the service. I have not looked at other job opportunities. I needed time to assess the situation surrounding the service,» said Burkâns.
The chief of the service mentioned that the fight against crime will never be over. Still, he wants to keep working in the service to make sure the next officers would receive cases in the best possible condition. «I’m not saying cases do not fit international requirements. It is worth mentioning that requirements change all the time,» said Burkâns.
He mentioned that his service works in a very narrow range, which requires deep knowledge in law, financial affairs and money laundering prevention measures. «There is no institution in Latvia that trains officers in money laundering prevention – this is something we have to learn in time,» adds Burkâns.
«Based on what I’ve heard from colleagues, they want me to stay, because it would be hard for them to work with someone else. Officers have an appropriate knowledge level – any newcomer would automatically be below their level. Decisions in regards to freezing money should be made within a day or even half an hour. Such decisions have to be made quickly and efficiently,» said Burkâns.
The State Chancellery has announced an open contest for the post of the head of the Office for Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity.
Candidates have to submit documents to the State Chancellery before 20 March. Candidates will be assessed by a special committee and picked by the prosecutor general.
Burkâns has remained in his post since 1998. His current term ends 31 May.
On Monday, 12 February, political party Unity asked parties of the coalition to conceptually support the initiative to pay politically repressed individuals benefits worth EUR 100 during Latvia’s centenary, as confirmed by Unity’s Saeima faction.
«Politically repressed individuals have suffered from criminal regimes that had ruled Latvia in the past. But they have never lost faith in a free and independent Latvia. The invitation for the government to decide on symbolic support for the annual congress of Latvian politically repressed. Unity believes the Cabinet of Ministers should make a relevant decision in the nearest future,» comments Unity’s Saeima faction leader Abu Meri.
The party notes that estimates show that a single-time benefit would cost the state budget EUR 1.2 million. The party invites Finance Ministry to come up with proposals for the best sources of funding.