Some great news; developers confirm no cash for in game ships as well as a dominion style sov system for corporations and alliances. So no fozzie sov yay!
First developer stream. Release date is set for mid August.
This is still subject to change based on player feedback so if you want an alteration to be made best get onto the Echoes Discord and leave your feedback.
Eve Echoes final beta test starts July 1st 08:00 UTC. Full announcement here