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Development of optimal interoperability solutions for the establishment of the Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) for the EU maritime domain


Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE)

When is this action of interest to you?

You are a European public administration that wants effective implementation and enforcement of the EU legislation in the fields of maritime safety and security, border control and fisheries control, customs and environment. You would like to have access to cross-sector and cross-border data related to maritime operations and avoid duplication of data collection.

You are working in industry and you would participate in developing appropriate interoperability standards, enhance competitiveness and demand for surveillance capabilities.

What is this action about?

The objective of the global action is to establish a Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) enabling enhanced awareness and knowledge of what is happening at sea, as an important contribution to efficiency in maritime operations and performance in all sectors within the EU maritime domain. This in turn will ultimately ensure safer, cleaner and more secure seas.

In line with the EU Digital Agenda, this translates into seamless, more structured and trusted cross-sector and cross-border information exchange between public administrations across seven policy areas (maritime safety and security, marine environmental protection, fisheries control, border control, law enforcement, customs and defence).

CISE seeks therefore to develop appropriate semantic, technical, organisational and legal solutions and recommendations to enhance the interoperability between existing systems of more than 400 maritime public authorities throughout the EU/EEA.

The cross-sector interoperability between maritime surveillance systems constitutes the major innovative aspect of the CISE. This would enable public authorities to retrieve and use information already gathered by authorities from other sectors, in order to substantially improve their awareness over the maritime area of responsibility.

What are the objectives?

  • The technological and functional definition of the CISE.

What are the benefits?

  • Enhanced maritime situational awareness as key enabler of the overall safety, security and environmental protection of the EU maritime domain.
  • Considerable cost savings for public administrations and enhancement of the effectiveness of the operational activities of the maritime authorities.
  • Effective implementation and enforcement of the EU legislation in the fields of maritime safety and security, border control and fisheries control, customs and environment.
  • Enhanced cooperation between EU agencies, national and regional maritime public authorities, allowing for an improved governance of the seas.
  • Enhancement of competitiveness and demand for interoperable surveillance capabilities, opening up new market opportunities and job opportunities.

What are the next steps?

A number of studies and pilot projects run in close co-operation with Member States have enabled the identification and development of several semantic, technical and organisational solutions, which will facilitate a high level of interoperability amongst maritime authorities and surveillance systems.

These solutions will be further consolidated and/or developed under the following areas of work:

  1. Technical: semantic and technical solutions will be further developed and tested at large scale by around 15 Member States comprising about 50 public authorities from all seven relevant sectors in the framework of the FP7 project EUCISE2020.
  2. Operational: a more focused area of work led by the European Commission working in close cooperation with national experts. It will entail refining and developing information exchange priorities, information services and exchange structures based on the maritime authorities' needs, and will begin in the last quarter of 2015.

Additional areas for future work (also referred to in the Communication (2014)451):

  • Development of a Maritime CISE handbook which will be made available on a  dedicated website by the end of 2016
  • Review of existing European legislation in order to address legal limitations to information exchange while ensuring compliance with relevant data protection requirements
  • Launch a standardisation process for maritime information exchange, including a common data model
  • Support with EU funding the modernisation of national IT systems for maritime surveillance to enhance information exchange
  • Launch an analysis process on the governance options of the Maritime CISE
  • Launch a review process by 2018 to evaluate the need for further action.
Project core data
  • Project start/finish:
    Q3/2011 to Q4/2017
  • Parties involved: European Commission (DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Joint Research Centre/IPSC, DG Mobility and Transport; DG Taxation and Customs Union; DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs; DG Informatics; DG Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection; DG Environment; DG Justice and Consumers)
  • ISA contribution: EUR 2 182 000

Contact the Programme Manager - ISA Action 11600

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