Sarah Stephan examines in her study the channels available for and the strategies used by regions with legislative competence in order to ensure participation in the EU. It questions both arguments of regional blindness as well as those concerning effective multilevel governance. The research is based in the examination of the underlying theories as well as on empirical data obtained through interviews mainly in Germany, in Brussels and on Åland. The report “Regional voices in the European Union – regions with legislative power and multi-level governance. Perspectives for the Åland Islands.” can be downloaded here.