To face the extraordinary emergency situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the Civil Protection Department issued Ordinances No. 630 of 3 February 2020 and No. 639 of 25 February 2020, introducing a discipline that overall derogates from the ordinary procurement discipline pursuant to the Italian Public Procurement Code (Leg. Decree No. 50/2016).
Subsequently, Law Decree No. 18/2020 of 23 March 2020 (“Cura Italia Decree”), converted into Law No. 27/2020 of 24 April 2020, setting out measures to strengthen the National Health Service and provide economic support for households, workers and firms in connection with the COVID-19 emergency, has introduced further extraordinary measures in the area of public procurement.