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
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- Latvia?s tax system is less progressive than systems in other EU countries The European Commission recommends Latvia to reduce the tax burden for small wage recipients and move it to other sources that are less impacting on growth and motivate people to pay taxes. Latvia?s income inequality is one of the highest among EU member states and the country?s tax system is less progressive than what is found in other member states. European Council recommends Latvia to realize a fiscal policy this year and the next in accordance with requirements of Stability and Growth Pact?s preventive measures section, which includes the goal for reaching medium-term budget goals in 2018. Recommendations urge for improvements to the adequacy of social security and increase of work force?s professional skills by speeding up the reform of training programs in vocational education. Flaws with the country?s social security network contribute to the high poverty level and inequality, including among disabled and senior citizens. The poverty level among disabled people in Latvia is one of the highest in Europe. The commission explains that low income reform, which was announced in 2014 and never realized, has had a negative impact on poor households these past few years. In addition, Employment perspectives in Latvia are better in centers of economic activity and workers with high professional skills. Increase of professional skills would help resolve problems. Furthermore, Latvia has to increase cost efficiency and access to healthcare by reducing individual fees and long queues. Although Latvian institutions have successfully realized reforms important to healthcare, large individual fees, long queues, low state cost level and insufficient division of services limits access to healthcare. It is also recommended to increase efficiency and responsibility in the public sector, especially in regards to simplification of administrative procedures and prevention of conflicts of interest
- Deputies to decide on prohibiting gambling in Riga?s historic centre Deputies will discuss the matter on sorting out Riga?s historic centre. It is stated in new territorial plans that it will be prohibited for gambling halls to be located in this area. Riga City Council?s Security, Order and Corruption Prevention Matters Committee plans to have a meeting at 13:00 on Monday, 22 May. Members of the city council will discuss municipality?s taken measures to complete the side ruling made by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia in the case Nr.A420415312 and sort out Riga?s historic centre and its protected territories in accordance with Riga City Council?s decision Nr.38 Riga?s historic centre and protected territories us and construction requirements. In accordance with these and new plans for Riga?s territories, it will not be allowed to establish gambling halls within Riga?s historic centre and its protected zones outside four and five-star hotels. There are currently 30 gambling halls working within protected zones and outside four and five-star hotels in Riga?s historic centre. Gambling services are provided by seven businesses.
- Latvian companies ahead of neighbors in organization of business trips Latvian businesses are more progressive in the organization of business trips than Lithuania. They do, however, spend a lot of money on planning and organizing of those trips. In addition, they also use inefficient financing methods ? 20% of employees are forced to pre-finance their business trips from their own pockets, according to results of an international study. Amadeus Latvia sales and marketing director says 54% of Latvian companies use IT solutions to book business trips. It is the highest index when compared with other countries of Central and Eastern Europe. As a comparison, the index of use of IT solutions is 45% in Lithuania, 52% in Hungary, 49% in the Czech Republic, 40% in Romania and only 28% in Poland. Compared with other Central and Eastern European countries, Latvian employees more often have to pay for trips from their own wallets (20%). Business trips are paid back to them after returning, which is a time-consuming and ineffective use of resources. At the same time, only 36% of Latvian companies plan to reduce expenses associated with business trips this year. It is one of the lowest indexes in our region.