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Online-Roundtable “Towards a Peoples’ Assembly for Europe? – The Democratic Odyssey in Conversation with EU Commission Vice-President Dubravka Šuica”

29.November 2023 16:00 - 19:00

Dear friends,

Something really big is happening: In September, the “Democratic Odyssey” was launched in Athens as a crowdsourced, decentralised and collaborative campaign developing a concept and strategy to institutionalise a permanent peoples’ assembly and participatory eco-system in the European Union. That could change European democracy at its core.

The “Odyssey” is led by Florence School of Transnational Governance along with a wide consortium of collaborators, Europe Calling being one of them. More about the Democratic Odyssey here.

On Wednesday 29 November 2023 at 16:00 CET, the Democratic Odyssey meets in the Brussel’s Press Club with Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President for Democracy and Demography at the European Commission for a public roundtable. Šuica will engage with the community of the Democratic Odyssey to discuss the achievements of the Conference on the Future of Europe, the next generation citizen panels (ECPs) and future prospects for citizen participation in EU policymaking.

Participants will explore how the Democratic Odyssey’s blueprint for a standing assembly and how a ‘middle way’ process (involving civil, society, academia and citizens in agenda-setting, as well as institutional actors) can help top-down and bottom-up dynamics converge in future experiments with transnational deliberation.

Vice-President Šuica’s keynote will be followed by a conversation with the Democratic Odyssey team, interventions from EU civil servants, MEPs and practitioners and a Q&A with the public.

Register here to attend online: 

And here to attend in person if you are in Brussels: In-person registration

You can find more information about the event here.

With European Greetings,

Max and everyone at Europe Calling

P.S.: GOOD NEWS: On Wednesday, the European Parliament voted in favour of the proposal for changes to the EU treaty (305 votes in favour, 276 against). We discussed the proposals with the five co-rapporteurs in detail in our webinar in October, Now it is time for the member states to call for a convention. That could already happen at the European Council in December. All information about the vote here.


29.November 2023
16:00 - 19:00