On 24-26 November public hearings concerning the development of the Interpreter/Translator professional standard took place under the auspices of UTR in Higher School of Economics, Moscow. A Ministry of Labour representative L. Khlusneva spoke about the Ministry’s requirements to this document. 32 experts took part in the discussions, among whom were representatives of translation companies, academia and freelance translators and interpreters. SCIT was represented by director Irina Alexeeva. Heated discussions brought about the general understanding of the standard’s ideology and wording.