Snapshots of the ESDP are regularly criticized by Eurosceptics. But they tend to overlook the film as a whole, which reveals a rapid and continuous development. Of course there are institutional, functional and material difficulties, but despite that ESDP engagements are increasingly important. We are arriving at the end of a first phase. The next one will shortly begin with the implementation of the Lisbon treaty. Thanks to its excellent foundations and the backing of the people of Europe, ESDP has a very promising future.