In the framework of the Council of Europe Archival Policy, a disposal schedule is negotiated with each department. A retention and disposal schedule, drawn up between the Central Archives and the author department, identifies the retention period for specific types of information (in both paper and electronic format). It constitutes the reference text for archiving in that department.

List updated on 26 July 2021

Common Council of Europe retention and disposal schedule


Directorate of Legal Advice and Public International Law (DLAPIL)

Directorate of Communications

Directorate of Strategic Planning

Directorate General of Democracy and Political Affairs (DGDAP)

DG1 - Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law

DG2 - Directorate General of Democracy

Former Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs (DG-HL)

Directorate General of Social Cohesion (DG III)

Directorate General of Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport (DG IV)

Directorate General of Administration (DGA)