The Democratic Odyssey is committed to bringing about a permanent citizens’ assembly in the landscape of European political institutions as a kind of 4th branch of government. A transnational assembly, bringing together citizens across borders. An interconnected assembly, within the ever-growing network of participatory and deliberative spaces around the continent, in towns and cities, in schools, workplaces and theaters, in political and corporate seats of power. A recognizable assembly, made up of ordinary citizens selected by lot to serve for a little while in turn. A assembly ready to sit in various configurations, in various places around Europe. An empowering assembly, assembled and reassembled with various civil society actors and trade unions.  An impactful assembly, trusted to deliberate responsibly on the big issues of our time, in constructive conversation and equal standing with other claimers on the levers of power.

The Democratic Odyssey’s Consortium include the European University Institute – School of Transnational Governance, Hellenic Foundation For European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) , Particip’Action, European Alternatives, DemNext, Mehr Demokratie, and the Democracy and Culture Foundation.


European University Institute – School of Transnational Governance

Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy


European Alternatives


Mehr Demokratie

Democracy and Culture Foundation

You may find more information about the project here.

The project was launched in 26th September 2023 in Pnyka Hill, Athens.