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Organisation of CISE

While the Maritime CISE does not affect the way each party works, it requires that information exchange among them follows well defined and compatible codes

Technical Details: Organisational

Fostering a new culture based on sharing, collaboration and efficiency between so many different players requires great efforts to define the legal and organisational basis for such sharing of information. This is essential as regards the close cooperation and trust needed between military and civilian sectors in such an international framework, as well as for appropriate personal and sensitive data protection.

Security, confidentiality, accountability and well defined protocols are of primary relevance for the Maritime CISE. These are necessary to reassure and engage all players in the joint development and implementation of CISE, and ultimately to guarantee an effective and efficient service to European citizens, regarding the Safety, Security and Cleanliness of our seas and oceans, which requires cooperation and enhanced maritime domain awareness from local to European level.

Legislative alignment

Following the strong political determination to make CISE a reality by 2020, the EC is working with the Member States to remove any remaining legal barriers against the sharing of information across maritime surveillance authorities and across borders, while safeguarding security and privacy. This is most important when considering the sensitivity of Strategic, Private, Personal and Intelligence data. As legislative and administrative structures vary at national level, the efforts needed to implement CISE will depend on the situation in each Member State.

CISE does not interfere nor require new legislation, complying with all existing national and EU legislations as regards protected data.

Organisational alignment

Most maritime surveillance authorities, operational teams and national governments have different organisational preferences and protocols. While the Maritime CISE does not affect the way each party works, it requires that information exchange among them follows well defined and compatible codes. This is a prerequisite to achieve the expected benefits, to give operational security to users and coordinators, and to ensure mutually beneficial goals.

Organisational alignment will require stakeholders to agree on the who’s, when’s, and how’s for sharing of information, including identification, accessibility, scope for reuse, authorisation, and regional planning amongst others. The objective is to move towards a multipurpose and multiuser interoperable model, to ensure that any maritime surveillance information collected in Europe, and considered necessary for operational activities, can be reused by any authority in every country.

The EC strongly encourages Member States to develop and implement CISE at national level, as a strategic improvement independent of using CISE at European level. Member States are free to decide on how to organise CISE for their maritime surveillance duties and services. Sharing of information can be fully decentralised, or be managed from centralised national nodes. It may integrate all maritime surveillance authorities, or organise sharing in any possible combination, including inviting other sectors to participate.

CISE Reference Documents


Green Paper - Towards a future Maritime Policy for the Union : a European vision for the oceans and seas
COM/2006/0275 final;ELX_SESSIONID=B1sKTtyX4GsQQnvGcdR5ZDQb5HG0FKXj5nmD76s3FZStvrFyC6bJ!1663296880?uri=CELEX:52006DC0275%2802%29

Progress of the EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy
COM/2012/0491 final


Towards the integration of maritime surveillance: A common information sharing environment for the EU maritime domain

COM/2009/0538 final

Draft Roadmap towards establishing the Common Information Sharing Environment for the surveillance of the EU maritime domain
COM/2010/0584 final

White Paper on Integrating Maritime Surveillance: the

Implementation of the Common Information Sharing Environment


Maritime Security Strategy

For an open and secure global maritime domain:

elements for a European Union maritime security strategy

JOIN(2014) 9 final

Maritime Surveillance in the European Atlas of the Sea;bkgd=5:1;mode=1;pos=11.754:54.605:4;theme=114:0.8:1;

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