Integrated maritime surveillance

Integrated maritime surveillance

Integrated maritime surveillance

Integrated maritime surveillance

Definition and scope

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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.

The Commission recently adopted a communication on the next steps for the common information sharing environment for the EU maritime domain.

Official documents

More info


  • CoopP: The Cooperation Project is paving the way for smooth data transmission and easy access, whenever relevant, between public authorities (including EU Agencies) in the execution of the defined maritime surveillance functionalities.
  • 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)

Maritime Forum

Maritime affairs