Citizen's Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis attributed the fire burning five buildings in the Evros region to arson, so as not to become an immigrants' initial reception centre.
The minister added that procedures for the building of a fence in the region of the land borders between Greece and Turkey are proceeding with speedy rates.
Speaking after meeting the executive director of the European Asylum Support Service, Robert Wisser, Papoutsis stressed that the time limit for the tabling of offers by companies for the fence's construction ends on October 4 and the money required is coming from the public investments programme.
In parallel, he expressed satisfaction over the speedier rate of the procedures for the examination of asylum applications, that from 0.5 percent at this time last year have reached 12.5 percent this year.