The general assembly nominates the directors (ERIC obligation) and approves year plans. Strategic decisions are made by an Executive assembly composed of the Director, chairs from the Committees, the chair of the advisory scientific board and the general secretary: 7 persons. Qualified majority is required in the assembly. The Director chairs the assembly. Funding partners are represented in the board through the chairs of their own Committee.
Committees coordinate key partners across Europe: only funding partners can participate in the committees. They can choose freely to join any committee (but only one).
Special Interest Groups (SIG) are working groups for specific subjects that can have a temporary or more permanent status, depending on the subject. They are installed by the Executive assembly, and can submit resolutions or propose actions to the board. SIG are open to any interested party or even individuals, and parties can propose a SIG, or respond to a call from OPERAS on a specific subject.
The Scientific advisory board is consulted by the Executive assembly on strategic decisions and for evaluating specific projects.
OPERAS will work closely with funding agencies to provide services that meet their requirements, but it is expected they will not be funding partners.
In addition to the governance structure, OPERAS will set up a network of National Contact Points for communication and coordination purposes.