The European Union (EU) in 1999 implemented an antibiotic resistance monitoring program and phase out plan for all antibiotic use by 2006.  Although the European Union banned the use of antibiotics as growth agents from 2006,  its use has not changed much until recently [ citation needed ] . In Germany, 1,734 tons of antimicrobial agents were used for animals in 2011 compared with 800 tons for humans [ citation needed ] . On the other hand, Sweden banned their use in 1986 and Denmark started cutting down drastically in 1994, so that its use is now 60% less.  In the Netherlands, the use of antibiotics to treat diseases increased after the ban on its use for growth purposes in 2006.  In 2011, the EU voted to ban the prophylactic use of antibiotics, alarmed at signs that the overuse of antibiotics is blunting their use for humans.