Improving the coordination between maritime authorities and across borders is a long-winded work. The key to success is interoperability: the technical ability to exchange information between systems that were developed completely independent from each other. The EU’s Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) is doing exactly that, and just last week, the European Commission has released a staff working document to present its progress so far.
CISE, initiated in 2014, is gradually taking shape. Important interoperability projects, including EUCISE2020 and national projects, have been successfully completed. And as CISE develops, it helps to bring about a significant political mentality change. National and EU maritime authorities have come to realise that, by cooperating in exchanging information, they can work more efficiently and effectively.
CISE is now ready to develop from an R&I product into an operational environment for structural information exchange. The transitional phase to operations, managed by EMSA, will enable further coordination in the next two years. Further reflection will be necessary, also at political level, to make CISE fully operational and successful. The Commission intends to support CISE also under the next EMFF.
- Publication date
- 17 September 2019
- Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries