Since 2007, the Common Information Sharing Environment (Maritime CISE) has been one of the five pillars of the EC’s Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP). It is therefore an important part of DG MARE mission and a necessary tool to allow for the security, safety and sustainability in Europe, and well as for Blue Growth, which is the environmentally sustainable and inclusive harnessing of all that the oceans have to offer, bringing new, high quality jobs and ensuring welfare for Europe.
CISE also responds to the Europe 2020 agenda, as a smart solution to modernise and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of maritime surveillance in Europe, and thus relates directly to the EU’s new Maritime Security Strategy.
CISE has the support of the European Council and Parliament, but also relies on voluntary development by the 23 EU coastal states: that is why collective engagement is ultimately necessary. The European Commission supplies the interoperability tools and solutions, while the spirit of sharing comes from the Member States and agencies involved.
Similar initiatives involving the collaborative sharing of information are being carried out in other countries and sectors, such as health and policing, under the banners of ISA (Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations) and Digital Agenda, the strategy to help every European profit as much as possible from the digital economy.
By 2010, much collective progress had already been made, and now, in 2014, CISE is very much defined, both technically and operationally. In order to become fully functional by 2020, CISE’s roadmap requires the voluntary and continuous participation of all stakeholders, making full use of current achievements, carrying out large scale trials, and ensuring co-owned and best-possible solutions to each and all of the challenges ahead.
DG MARE is coordinating the timely and collaborative implementation of this roadmap. Work to do includes:
By the end of 2016
Member States are responsible for ensuring the effective surveillance of waters under their sovereignty (and high seas if relevant), and because operational exchange of information is a necessity, the Commission invites all stakeholders to participate and actively contribute to the successful implementation of the Maritime CISE.
 COM(2007) 575 final “An Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union”. COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS
 COM(2010) 584 final. “Integrating Maritime Surveillance”. COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL AND THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ON A DRAFT ROADMAP TOWARDS ESTABLISHING THE COMMON INFORMATION SHARING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE SURVEILLANCE OF THE EU MARITIME DOMAIN.