Laurențiu Rebega is a Romanian politician and a member of the European Parliament with the Europe of Nations and Freedom Group (ENF).
In 2009, the EU enacted the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). That legislation was intended to promote the use of biofuels as a clean renewable alternative to fossil fuels that would help the EU climate change targets and reduce air pollution that causes tens of thousands of death in EU member states every year.
In addition to the other major advantages, biofuels produced in Europe were seen as a means of creating jobs, particularly in rural areas, and of improving farm incomes. Romania was, and remains, the EU member state that will benefit most from such a policy.
One commercial group that looked at Romania as a potential site for producing bioethanol in 2011-2012 calculated that Romania had the capacity to produce up to 18 billion litres of ethanol annually, a figure which if fully realised would create tens of thousands of jobs and add significantly to the country’s GDP.