The bridge collapsed in August 2018, killing 43 people.

The court examined a decree that had been issued after the collapse. The decree entrusted a special commissioner with activities relating to the complete demolition and reconstruction of the bridge. The commissioner was also tasked with selecting who to appoint to carry out the work.

At issue was that the commissioner could not select Autostrade Spa, nor any of its subsidiaries or otherwise related undertakings. The court has declared that questions relating to the exclusion of Aspi from the negotiated procedure to award the work are unfounded.

It said that the legislator’s decision not to entrust to Autostrade the Morandi Bridge reconstruction works was based on the exceptional gravity of the situation. This led the legislator, by way of precaution, not to award the works to the undertaking responsible for maintaining the bridge itself.