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Cándido García Molyneux is a Spanish of counsel in the Brussels office of Covington & Burling. His practice focuses on EU environmental law and product regulatory law, Spanish food and drug law, and international trade law. He advises clients on legal issues concerning environmental product regulation, chemical law, waste management, climate change and emissions trading, renewable energies, energy efficiency, EU institutional law, Spanish medicines and cosmetics rules, and international trade law and non-tariff trade barriers.

Mr. García Molyneux advises leading electronic manufacturers on EU environmental product regulation and product safety regulation of electronic products, such as the WEEE, RoHS, Batteries, ErP, Radio Equipment and Electromagnetic Compatibility Directives and their implementation in Member States. Recent matters handled include:

  • Advice to a major manufacturer of consumer electronic products on the EU CE marking rules.
  • Advice to a major manufacturer of medical devices on requirements imposed by the WEEE and RoHS Directives and their national implementing laws.
  • Drafting submissions to the European Commission requesting and commenting upon exemptions from the restrictions of the RoHS Directive on behalf of aerospace and information technology manufacturers.
  • Advice to manufacturers of consumer electronic products on EU product safety notification and recall requirements and procedures.

Mr. García Molyneux also advises companies on EC chemical law and in particular the REACH Regulation, the CLP Regulation and the Biocidal Products Regulation. Recent matters handled include:

  • Legislative advice to associations of paper manufacturers, non-woven materials, chemicals and pharmaceuticals on the EC REACH Regulation on chemicals.
  • Regulatory, contractual, and strategic advice to chemical manufacturers and downstream users in their efforts to ensure REACH compliance.
  • Advice to cosmetic manufacturers on EC chemical classification procedures under the CLP Regulation and their impact under REACH and the Cosmetics Regulation and other product specific legislation.
  • Advice to a major manufacturer of consumer goods on biocides legislation and borderline issues and on the impact of the REACH Regulation.
  • Representation of a major chemical company before the Board of Appeals of the European Chemicals Agency.
  • Representation of the European Chemicals Agency in more than fifteen cases before the General Court of the European Union.

Recent matters on emissions trading and clean energy include:

  • Legal and advocacy advice on the revision of the EU’s Emissions Trading System and the Member States Effort Sharing Decision to an environmental services company wishing to sell carbon offsets in the EU carbon markets.
  • Regulatory and advocacy advice to a major European electricity company concerning the allocation of emission allowances under the Emissions Trading System Directive.
  • Regulatory and advocacy advice to a biofuels company on legislative developments relating to the proposed Renewable Energies Directive.
  • Regulatory and strategic advice to a large manufacturer of electronic equipment on EU procedures for the adoption of energy efficiency requirements under the EU ErP Regulation.
  • Regulatory advice to a large car manufacturer on EU rules on vehicles and emissions pooling.

Recent matters on Spanish food and drug law include:

  • Advice to an association of pharmaceutical companies on Spanish rules on the advertising of medicinal products over the Internet.
  • Advice to pharmaceutical companies wishing to sponsor clinical trials in Spanish hospitals.

Recent international trade law matters include:

  • Advice to manufacturers of electronic equipment on the compatibility of national environmental laws with WTO laws.

Previous Experience

  • Vesallious College UVB, External Professor of EU Environmental Law (2017)
  • College of Europe, Natolin, External Professor of EU Environmental Law and Policy (2001-2016)
  • Law Department of the European University Institute, Italy, Research Fellow (1997-2000)
  • New York University, Florence Campus, External Professor on EU Law (2000)
  • Commission Directorate General for Trade, Trainee (1997)
  • Legal 500 EMEA
    • EU Regulatory, Chemicals (REACH) (2010-2019)
    • Energy (2010-2016)
    • Environment (2015-2016)
  • Chambers Europe, Environment: Europe-wide (2017-2020), Environment: Regulatory - Belgium (2009-2017)
  • Best Lawyers in Belgium, Regulatory (2013-2015)
  • The Practical Law Company (PLC) - Which Lawyer?, European Union - EU environmental law (2009-2011)