Integrated maritime surveillance
Definition and scope
Integrated Maritime Surveillance is about providing authorities interested or active in maritime surveillance with ways to exchange information and data. Sharing data will make surveillance cheaper and more effective.
Currently, EU and national authorities responsible for different aspects of surveillance – e.g. border control, safety and security, fisheries control, customs, environment or defence – collect data separately and often do not share them. As a result, the same data may be collected more than once.
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How does it work in practice?
A Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) is currently being developed jointly by the European Commission and EU/EEA member states. It will integrate existing surveillance systems and networks and give all concerned authorities access to the information they need for their missions at sea.
CISE will make different systems interoperable so that data and other information can be exchanged easily through the use of modern technologies. A roadmap has been adopted to develop the CISE [5 MB] All available translations..
- GEARC Conclusions on Integration of Maritime Surveillance (23.5.2011)
- Common Information Sharing Environment - Roadmap [5 MB] All available translations. (COM(2010) 584) - user-friendly version
- 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)
- GAERC Conclusions on the Integration of Maritime Surveillance [135 KB] All available translations. (17.11.2009)
- EU led actions relevant for the integration of maritime surveillance activities (Commission staff working document - 2009)
- Commission communication on the integration of maritime surveillance (2009)
- Working documents on offshore activities of littoral EU countries and cross-border cooperation [245 KB] All available translations.
- Working document III on maritime surveillance systems [248 KB] All available translations.
- GAERC Conclusions on Integrated Maritime Policy and Maritime Surveillance (8.12.2008)
- Commission staff working document on maritime surveillance (SEC(2008) 2737)
- Maritime surveillance - Overview of ongoing activities (EU Council document, 2008)
- MARSUNO – Pilot project on Maritime Surveillance in the Northern Sea Basins (closed)
- BLUMASSMED - Pilot project on Integration of Maritime Surveillance in the Mediterranean Sea and its Atlantic approaches (2009-2012)
- Baltic Sea Maritime Functionalities
- Maritime surveillance section (background info, working documents, events)
Address by Director-General Lowri Evans to the Mediterranean Coastguard Functions Forum
Marseille, Hotel Pullmans, 18 September 2012
Integrated Maritime Policy: further progress towards sustainable maritime development
The European Commission has adopted the second Progress report on the EU's 2007 Integrated Maritime Policy. By facilitating the cooperation of all maritime players across sectors and borders, and by avoiding duplication of spending and efforts, the Integrated Maritime Policy has enhanced the sustainable development of the European maritime economy, while contributing to a better protection of the marine environment.
Call for proposals MARE/2012/17
Test project on cooperation in execution of various maritime functionalities at sub-regional or sea-basin level in the field of integrated maritime surveillance (cooperation project) Deadline for submitting proposals: 19/10/2012