1. Introduction : the challenge of implementation research in the new member states / Gerda Falkner, Oliver Treib and Elisabeth Holzleithner 2. Czech Republic / Clemens Wiedermann 3. Hungary / Emmanuelle Causse 4. Slovakia / Marianne Schulze 5. Slovenia / Petra Furtlehner 6. Conclusions : the state of the EU social standards in central and eastern European practice / Oliver Treib and Gerda Falkner.