OPERA, since 2010, is a growing research centre and think tank of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, providing simple pragmatic solutions to support EU and national decision making.

We bridge science and policy through a transparent platform to debate the right approaches for sustainable, intensive agriculture and develop voluntary initiatives with third parties, main farmers and association, to spread at 360 °C the philosophy of the sustainable development in the meaning of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Our vision is to provide high quality information and analysis of the latest developments in EU agri-food policy-making to promote balanced dialogue between interested stakeholders. We are developing clear and pragmatic approaches for improving intensive and biological agriculture together with simple and transparent solutions for all our stakeholders through the use of existing research and developing new research, in collaboration with partners, to support the on-going sustainability of the European agriculture.

Mostly of the OPERA financial resources are coming from collaborations with NGOs and public bodies and participation to international calls: this is a sign of the appreciation and of the trust created by this initiative.

OPERA will provide its members and the wider public with rapid, high-quality information and analysis of the latest developments in European agri-food policy-making, it aims to promote a balanced dialogue between the interested parties, covering the majority of stakeholders.

OPERA is headquartered in Piacenza, Italy and hosted by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC), which provides the necessary resources and support. It is bound by the principles and procedures of UCSC. As a fully independent body, OPERA’s vision is to be transparent to all the relevant stakeholders and the public.

The Brussels office of OPERA is located in Place du Champ de Mars, n.2, in the building hosting the offices of the representation of Regione Lombardia.