President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and reaffirmed his support for the European Union, a fundamental partner for the United States, and his commitment to continue implementing the outcomes from the June U.S.-EU Summit. They discussed the important work of the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council, which met in Pittsburgh on September 29, to ensure rules governing global trade and critical and emerging technologies are rooted in democratic values and market principles and address shared supply chain concerns. He emphasized the importance of enabling cross-border data flows and leveling the playing field in the international tax system. President Biden welcomed renewed U.S.-EU cooperation on COVID-19 and taking steps to address the climate crisis, including ahead of COP-26 in Glasgow later this month. The leaders also discussed the Western Balkans and President Biden conveyed strong support for continuing the accession process with countries in this region. President Biden also underscored the importance of close U.S.-EU cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.