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Consultation on the implementation of a Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) for the surveillance of the EU maritime domain

Public consultation

In June 2013 the European Commission launched a consultation on the implementation of a Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) for the surveillance of the EU maritime domain. Contributions were submitted by using an online questionnaire.

The consultation closed on 14 September 2013.

Objective of the consultation

The purpose of the consultation was to collect the views of citizens and private stakeholders on the establishment and implementation of a Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) for the surveillance of the European Union maritime domain.

CISE is since 2009 being developed jointly by the European Commission and European Union / European Economic Area Member States including civilian and military authorities as well as the European agencies operating in the maritime field. It will create a political, organisational and legal environment to enable information sharing across the seven relevant sectors/user communities (transport, environmental protection, fisheries control, border control, general law enforcement, customs and defence) based on existing and future surveillance systems/networks with a view to achieve a fully operational CISE by 2020.

Interoperability between systems/networks should be established in a decentralised way using modern technologies. CISE should give all concerned authorities access to the information they need for their missions at sea in accordance with the ‘need to know’ and ‘responsibility to share’ principles. CISE will fully exploit existing information and respect existing access rights and personal data protection rules. No "big brother" will be created. CISE will merely exploit in a more effective and efficient  manner what already exists.

Finally, the benefits of CISE will materialise directly in enhanced maritime awareness for Member Sates engaging in appropriate data analysis and, further downstream, in enhanced cross-sectorial cooperation triggering overall more effective and cost-efficient maritime surveillance.

Reference documents

  • Roadmap towards a White Paper on the integration of maritime surveillance : the implementation of the Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) for the surveillance of the EU maritime domain including its financial aspects.
  • Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on a Draft Roadmap towards establishing of the Common Information Sharing Environment for the surveillance of the EU maritime domain (COM(2010)584 final)
  • Communication from the Commission to the Council the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - Towards the integration of maritime surveillance: A common information sharing environment for the EU maritime domain {SEC(2009) 1341} (COM/2009/0538 final)

Number of responses received 

34

Results of consultation and next steps

Not yet available

Protection of your personal data

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