VATICAN CITY – The Vatican got a report card Wednesday on its efforts to be more financially transparent – but it’s a secret for now.

A Council of Europe committee in Strasbourg adopted a report by independent inspectors examining the Holy See’s efforts to comply with international standards to fight money laundering and terror financing.

The evaluators’ preliminary report found areas where the Vatican was compliant and where it needed work. During the meeting Wednesday of the panel, known as the Moneyval committee, that report was amended by governments who are committee members, as often occurs.

But neither the Vatican nor the Council of Europe would disclose the outcome, saying Moneyval’s procedures forbid it. The full report will be released in about a month, after the Vatican makes its own observations about the findings.

The Vatican submitted itself to the Moneyval evaluation process more than two years ago after it signed onto the 2009 EU Monetary Convention as part of an effort to shed its image as a financially shady tax haven whose bank has long been embroiled in scandal. Since then, it has written and rewritten a law criminalizing money laundering, created a financial watchdog agency and ratified three anti-crime U.N. treaties, among other measures.

The moves have all been designed to comply with the 49 recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force, the Paris-based policy-making body that helps countries develop anti-money laundering and anti-terror financing legislation.

In recent weeks, Italian news reports have suggested the Vatican would break even on the 16 “core and key” recommendations from the broader 49, getting a passing grade on eight and a non-compliant or partially compliant grade on the other eight. If a country gets 10 or more bad marks, it has to submit itself to a more rigorous verification process during the next two years.