The text discusses the threat posed by Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs) who have returned to European countries, including North Macedonia, and assesses the implementation of strategies for preventing and countering violent extremism. It reviews national strategies, legal frameworks, and institutional setups, highlighting successes and shortcomings. While there is political will and established strategies, challenges like lack of competent staff, underbudgeting, and coordination issues persist. North Macedonia participates in regional counter-terrorism efforts and has drafted new strategies and action plans. Recommendations emphasize the need for continuous improvement and collaboration on local, national, and international levels to effectively address the evolving threats posed by FTFs and their families.

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