Offices in Brussels representing the interests of regional actors in the EU have carved out a niche position within Europe's expanding multi-level political system. They are w the most visible indicators of the growing role played by EU regions. How can we understand their contribution to EU governance? What do they deliver to Europe's regions?
CAROLYN ROWE is Lecturer in Politics at the Aston Centre for Europe, Aston University, UK. She has advised the EU Committee of the Regions on multi-level governance issues and provided research for the drafting of the body's Mission Statement. She is co-editor of the book German Federalism in Transition: Reforms in a Consensual State (2009).